“Rachel was a warm and compassionate young woman, and an officer of unbounded potential. We miss her still and will remember her always. She is our 87th star.”
CIA Director General Michael V. Hayden — May 21 2007
The Memorial Wall is a memorial at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia. the wall honors CIA employees who died in the line of service. Today, there are 117 stars carved into the white Alabama marble wall. [WIKIPEDIA]. Eleven represent women. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
The Wall bears the inscription:
“IN HONOR OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY”
The Wall is flanked by the flag of the United States on the left and a flag bearing the CIA seal on the right.
Rachel A. Dean
Rachel Alexandra Dean was a support officer who joined CIA in January 2005.
She died in September 2006 in a car accident while on temporary duty in Kazakhstan. She was 25.
Rachel was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her father was on active duty with the US Navy, so she grew up experiencing life overseas.
She attended Randolph Macon Women’s College, majoring in International Studies.
During her junior year, Rachel studied abroad for a semester in Athens, Greece. Along with her course work, Rachel was active in several service organizations. And in 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Rachel joined the CIA in January 2005, having earned a place in the Directorate of Support.
“From the start, Rachel was a hard worker, with a warm and caring personality. Her colleagues described her as the glue that held the team together. She was always eager to volunteer for an extra task.”
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