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Friday, January 3, 2020

Army One crashes near Grand Cay, Bahamas (1973)



  

Grand Cay, Bahamas
Main Residence, Boat Dock, USSS CP and WHCA Radio Room

Type of Activity
Communications Support Trip  
Location
Location                                             

Bahama Islands  
Date of Activity                                              
     26 May 1973
Coordinates
     27°15′27.8″N 78°23′40.7″W


26 May 73 to Grand Cay Bahamas to support President Nixon during Visit

The President was visiting his close friend Bob Abplanalp on Grand Cay. I remember the night from hell on Grand Cay very well, I was there when the Mayday call came in. When the midnight shift of USSS agents came in for a landing the blades hooked the water and 16 agents plus the chopper crew hit the water and started to sink. I was asleep when the Mayday call came in. I grabbed a radio and headed for the chopper pad without a flashlight God was it dark, but I could hear the agents yelling. The 15 survivors, agents and crew, were all on the underside of the chopper which had flipped over when it crashed. About the time that I got to the pad Bob Abplanalp arrived on a golf cart which had headlights so we could see the chopper. I called the CP to let them know where the chopper was located and that everyone was still on the chopper and that it was partially submerged. . Maybe five min. after that the boat arrived with the divers and started evacuating the agents. Luckily there were divers on the trip and they finally got to the chopper to start evacuating everyone.

Others arrived and I then went back to the radio room to make sure all the radios were working. I called Walkers Cay to let someone know over there what had happened, I then went to the bunk house where they were bringing everyone any necessary medical treatment, The Presidents personal physician was checking everyone involved in the crash. I found out that an agent was trapped inside the chopper and drowned. Agent J. Clifford Dietrich - May 26, 1973 was killed in this helicopter crash near Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas while on assignment with the Presidential Protective Division. I then returned to the USSS CP to see if the agent on duty needed anything. I was asked to help place Agent Dietrich’s body on a Chinook that had arrived to transport everyone back to GBI and then back to Homestead. They placed him under the jump seats of the chopper and none of the agents that flew back ever knew they were sitting over him. This was one night that I will never forget. That was the last time I ever saw the Army One crew and I think that they were deactivated in 1976, in part because of this crash. In LTC Boyer’s book “Inside the Presidential Helicopter” he disclosed that the altimeter was not properly calibrated and was off by 300 ft. this along with inadequate lighting contributed to the crash.

Army helicopter crashes near Grand Cay Bahamas, lay overturned in water
Nixon Orders Inquiry Into Fatal Crash Of Army Copter Ferrying His Guards

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla., May 27 (UPI)—President Nixon ordered today an investigation to determine what forced an Army helicopter to plummet into the Atlantic last night while taking seven. Secret Service agents to guard him and his family, on a Bahama island. One agent died and nine men suffered minor injuries.

The twin-engine helicopter went down shortly after 10 P.M. (E.D.T.) about a mile south of Grand Cay, the island owned by Mr. Nixon's close friend, Robert H. Abplanalp, a New York multimillionaire.

The aircraft, which was ferrying the Secret Service agents from Florida for their overnight shift, was approaching a landing pad when it went into the water. Gerald L. Warren, deputy White House press secretary, said the dead agent's body was recovered by divers at the scene of the crash. He was identified by the White House as Joseph C. Dietrich, 25 years old, of Woodbridge, Va., married and the father of two children. He had been an agent for "three or four years," Mr. Warren said.

Mr. Nixon, immediately notified of the crash, "expressed deep sadness and sympathy for the family of agent Dietrich," Mr. Warren said. "He has ordered all necessary steps be taken to investigate the cause of the accident and directed the Department of Defense to appoint an investigative board." An Air Force plane flew Mr. Dietrich's body from Homestead Air Force Base in Florida to Greenwich, Conn., where funeral services will be held. Mrs. Dietrich flew in from Washington to accompany his body.

The agent had lived in Greenwich most of his life before joining the White House protective detail two months ago.

The six other agents and three crew members were "slightly injured" and were taken to a hospital at Homestead Air Force Base, Mr. Warren said. The President and his family flew back to their bayside villa here this afternoon aboard a similar Army helicopter.

The survivors had been assisted from the overturned helicopter by the pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Ronald C. Bean, 37 years old, of Dale City, Va.

The agents were able to climb on top of the chopper and to await rescue aboard small boats dispatched from Grand Cay, where they were heard shouting for help.

The chief White House photographer, Ollie Atkins, was standing on the landing pad awaiting the arrival of the helicopter when he heard the splashdown and the engines cut off.

"It was as dark as a cow's belly," Mr. Atkins 'told reporters after he radioed to the security communications base at Walker Cay, six miles away for help.

The VH3A helicopter is one of three used to transport the President and his family, and Mr. Nixon had frequently flown in it.

"I heard a swishing noise like water being poured on hot cement and then the motor stopped," said Mr. Atkins, adding that for the next few moments "I stood there helpless listening to all these guys . . yelling for help."

Rescuers got to the craft about 15 minutes later as the Helicopter that crashed Saturday near Grand Cay, Bahamas, lay overturned in water survivors, coughing from fumes and oil-soaked water, waited on top of it. The survivors were given a preliminary examination on Grand Cay, and then flown by helicopter to the Homestead base for treatment of shock and slight burns from the fuel oil. All were released this morning. Three Navy frogmen—on' alert whenever the President is near water assisted in the rescue.

The surviving agents were identified as: Charles W. Rochner, 31 years old; Michael E. Cleary, 26; William H. Brawley, 34; Stephen J. Petro, 30; Robert R. Stewart Jr., 26, and James Reiter, 30.

The other crewmen were copilot Frederick W. Evans, 33, and Sgt. William R. Robinson, 32, both of Fort Belvoir, Va.

Two rubber rafts, one from the nearby Coast Guard cutter Cape Knox and another deployed from the downed chopper by the pilot, were used in the rescue along with a runabout brought from Grand Cay by Secret Service agents.

A barge was summoned from the Grand Bahama Island to assist in the salvage of the chopper, which remained afloat.

Looking toward the Main Residence from the chopper pad and site of the crash


Interview with Jack Brennan President Nixon's Milatary Aide (1976)




Interview with Jack Brennan
      
President Nixon's Military Aide Jack Brennan
Type Of Activity Interview
Location
Location La Casa Pacificia
Date of Activity
 August 16 1976
Coordinates 33°26′16″N 11°37′13″W / 33.43778°N 117.62028°W / 33.43778; -117.62028

Ex-Leatherneck Jack Brennan Talks About Life with the Former President He Still Chooses to Serve

Posted on August 16, 1976 12:00PM

A Marine combat veteran who won a Bronze Star and Purple Heart at Khe Sanh, Maj. John V. (Jack) Brennan was appointed a military aide to President Nixon in 1969.

When Nixon resigned two years ago this week, Colonel Brennan accompanied him to San Clemente. Eventually Brennan quit the Marine Corps and now serves as chief of Nixon’s small staff and as his golfing partner and confidant. In an exclusive interview, Brennan discussed their relationship with photographer Harry Benson of PEOPLE.

Q.   Do you blame Nixon for Watergate?

A.  You have to define the crime. The break-in? He didn’t know about that, or I wouldn’t be here. What he did was trust people. The main thing that people say he did was cover up. Haven’t you done that? I’ve done it with my troops. But still, he’s responsible.

Q.  How do you feel about Nixon personally?

A.  I believe in him. I know him, like him, respect him as a man. What other people say about him—what he did to this guy and that guy—well, that’s them, not me. He has never done anything to not make me trust him completely.

Q.  Does your faith in him lift his spirits?

A.  More often than not, he keeps mine up. If I tell him a problem I have, he tries to help, and if he tells me something, I say it’s not so bad, forget about it. I think the fact that he’s taken up golf again has done a lot for him. He regularly shoots 85 and looks forward to our games.

Q.  Did you really want this San Clemente job?

A.  He asked me to stay, and first I said no. But then he asked me again, and his friends urged me. They said we’ll set up a business and you can be president of it. I said no to them. They had taken the wrong approach. Money was not of particular interest to me.

Q.  Was it worth giving up a promising military career?

A.  Some people say I was crazy to give up after 16 years, not counting reserve time. I could have retired and gotten the pension. But security was not the significant factor. I did it because in my mind it was the right thing to do. As long as I remain healthy, can work, and my kids can go to college, that’s what’s important to me.

Q.  What do you do as chief of staff?

A. The job encompasses all the aspects of his office and his life, from appointments to mail to budgets. It includes liaison with the General Services Administration and the people in Congress at budget time and on the frequent occasions when they want something for investigations. It’s like being a White House chief of staff on a much smaller level. There’s never a boring day.

Q.  Does Washington keep Nixon informed?

A.  We do get occasional briefings. They are transmitted to a nearby military base. But courier planes used to go to former Presidents, with a man and briefs. Johnson got one at the ranch every Friday. And other Presidents were provided with communications equipment that we do not have. It had to be different with us because of the vindictiveness following the resignation. A double standard was in effect. They said they didn’t care what other Presidents got, you don’t get it.

Q.  What are your fondest memories of the President’s term in office?

A.  It was exciting to be the first Marine in the People’s Republic of China. The Marines were the last ones out and I was the first one back in. And it was very exciting for me as a Catholic to be introduced to the Pope by the President.

Q.  Did you meet Brezhnev too?

A.  Yes, and somehow, he and I hit it off. He told Mrs. Nixon that there was one word to describe me. It was a Spanish word, and we finally came up with it—”machismo.”

Q.  Did you ever see the human side of President Nixon?

A.  Yes. The evening of the Cambodian invasion [in April 1970] we were having dinner with the family in the dining room of the presidential yacht Sequoia. “You’re a Marine,” he asked me, “what do you think of this decision?” I said that it was the right thing to do. I wished I were there. He said, “I wish I were too.”

Q.  Then what happened?

A.  He said, “Let’s go all the way to Mount Vernon.” Every boat that goes by Mount Vernon pays honor to Washington. We got there and he brought the whole family out on the bow, and the band played the national anthem. He was standing at attention, and obviously the Americans fighting were on his mind. There were tears in his eyes. I was touched. No one ever sees Nixon that way. He would never allow the people to see him that way.

Q.  What do you know about the fraudulent tax returns that got Nixon into so much trouble?

A.  I was there when he signed his 1969 tax forms. There were his tax advisers, and he shook hands with them and said, “Well, you guys are all confident. I’ll sign the damn things.” As it turned out, that was stupid. He should have read them. It wasn’t that he was naive about it. He was just a busy man. He paid these guys a lot of money and thought he could trust their advice—like he trusted his assistants.

Q.  How will history judge Nixon?

A.  History can’t possibly overlook his accomplishments. I think some of the perspectives are already being set. Look at some of the revelations of his predecessors’ activities: assassination plots, use of the FBI while running for President, newsmen wiretapped. Given the moral character of the Congress that was supposed to have judged Nixon, I know there will be vindication. The question is, how much time will it take?

Q.  What do you believe was Nixon’s greatest achievement as President?

A.  When I was a young officer, I was stationed in Cuba [at the U.S. naval base at Guantánamo Bay] during the Bay of Pigs. I couldn’t wait to go over the fence and go all the way to Castro. But I’ve changed now. After seeing young boys under my command killed and mutilated in Vietnam, I don’t want to see more. I can thank Richard Nixon for this. My son has just turned 18, and instead of going to Vietnam in the fall, he’s going to college.

Q.  What is the overseas view of Nixon as you read it?

A.  It’s 1,000 percent pro. The amount of mail we get from foreign countries is incredible. Everyone I know who travels to a foreign country comes back and says people are asking, where the hell is the crime?

Q.  Do foreign diplomats share this view?

A.  I know a foreign ambassador, and one night at a Washington cocktail party this guy got up in front of a very liberal crowd and gave a very moving speech. After going through every recent President and his foreign policy, his conclusion was that “finally you Americans had a President who understood the world and you dumb bastards sent him to San Clemente.”

Q.  Do you agree with some Republicans that Nixon’s last China trip upstaged President Ford during the New Hampshire primary?

A.  The Chinese made several overtures, beginning a long, long time ago. The first was through a very distinguished visitor to this country. It said something like: “Chairman Mao Tse-tung wants to invite the greatest statesman the United States has ever had to visit China.” At that time I had no idea when the goddamn New Hampshire primary was going to be.

Q.  What do you think of Woodward and Bernstein’s book The Final Days?

A.  As a fictitious novel, it reads well. My theory is that Woodward and Bernstein didn’t write the book. I know they did the research. They tried to get to me. And I know they went to my friends. They had a beautiful line about how they wanted to set the record straight and be honest, and they conned some of my friends into talking to them. There were even threats made such as, “Talk to me or you’ll look bad.”

Q.  Are you saying there were factual mistakes in the book?

A.  I read the excerpts. A friend sent me a copy of the book and said just look at the places where you are mentioned. There were 95 places like that—when I was standing there with the President—and in 93 of them the book has either an outright lie or a mistake of fact. I think this book really destroyed what Woodward and Bernstein did previously. I hope the money they make compensates their consciences.

Q.  Did the Nixon family read the book?

A.  I’ve only argued with Mrs. Nixon twice, and once was when she asked me to get her a copy of the book and I said no. She said, “It’s about my family and I have a right to read it.” She finally got the book through one of the secretaries. In my opinion, here’s a woman that should be canonized right now. But in that book, she is portrayed as a woman who drank and was cold to her husband.

Q.  Was there any warning before she suffered her stroke?

A.  After Watergate she was in great health. She believed in her husband. But on the day of her stroke her blood pressure was incredibly high. I don’t know if this was the cause, but she had been reading the book.

Q.  How is she now?

A.  She has a nurse and she is undergoing therapy at home. But she has no medical insurance. It lapsed when the President left office.

Q.  Were you at the hospital in 1974 when Nixon went into shock during treatment for phlebitis?

A.  Yes. I was standing by the door in his room when suddenly I saw the nurse jump up. The President went white and his eyes started to roll back in his head. A flock of doctors and nurses came running into the room and Dr. Lungren, the President’s physician, started shouting, “Dick! Dick! Dick! Do you hear me?”

Q.  What did you do?

A.  I asked the doctor what happened. He said, “It’s just like a car. You pull into a service station and you need oil and gas to keep it going. We just put it right.” I said, “Like hell. It’s more than that.” I was shaken.

Q.  How do you all relax at San Clemente?

A.  Quite often the President has a cocktail party for the staff, and he plays the piano while we all sing. His piano playing isn’t very good. He only knows one note. I like to sing Danny Boy, but it’s too sad for me to sing with the President.


The Western White House San Clemente Ca

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Presidential Service Badge


The White House Communications Agency (WHCA)

 Presidential Service Badge

Type of Activity Communications support for the White House
Location
Location Washington DC
Date of Activity
mar 1942 to Present
Coordinates   38°53′52″N 77°02′11″W

The White House Communications Agency (WHCA), originally known as the White House Signal Detachment (WHSD), was officially formed by the United States Department of War on 25 March 1942. The WHSD was created to provide normal and emergency communications requirements in support of the President. The mission of the WHSD was to provide a premier communication system that would enable the President to lead the nation effectively regardless of his location worldwide, and in any emergency. In 1954 WHSD was reorganized and renamed the White House Army Signal Agency (WHASA). In 1961 WHASA was discontinued and reestablished as the White House Communications Agency (WHCA). 

The Presidential Service Badge

The award was established in 1964 and is a badge of the United States military issued to service members who serve as full-time military staff to the President of the United States. Such personnel are stationed at the White House and should not be confused with the senior military officers of the United States Department of Defense who advise the President but are not assigned as direct Presidential aides. Each badge is stamped with a unique serial number which, when issued, associates that badge with a specific individual.

Establishing Authority

Executive Order 10879 of June 1, 1960 was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower establishing a White House Service Badge. President Lyndon B. Johnson retired the White House Service Badge and issued a separate Presidential Service Badge by signing Executive Order 11174 on Sept.1,1964. 

Background

Typical recipients include: Military aides to the President appointed from each of the services (pay-grade O-4 or higher) who, among other duties, rotate being the so-called "Emergency War Officer" with "The Football", a briefcase containing nuclear decision-making tools kept within ready access of the president at all times, White House military public affairs officers, Servicemembers assigned to the White House Communications Agency (WHCA), which supports Presidential communications worldwide, Servicemembers assigned to the White House Transportation Agency (WHTA), which provides motor vehicle transportation to the White House as directed by the White House Military Office, Marine Helicopter Squadron 1 (HMX-1) "Marine One" flight crew, (Previously awarded to the Executive Flight Detachment: “Army One”) Navy Seabees who run (Camp David Naval Support Facility, Thurmont) Marines assigned to the Marine Security Company at Camp David.

The Presidential Service Badge is awarded after at least one year of satisfactory service "to any member of the Armed Forces assigned to duty in the White House Office or to military units and support facilities under the administration of the Military Assistant to the President by the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of the Air Force, or, when the Coast Guard is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Secretary of Transportation, upon recommendation of the Military Assistant to the President". The Presidential Service Badge is recorded in the awardee's military service records and is authorized for wear as a permanent decoration. 

Recipients are the only Americans authorized to wear the "Presidential Seal or Coat of Arms" on their uniforms and civilian clothes.


Thursday, July 4, 2019

The WHCA Shop in Georgetown (1965 to 1976)

The WHCA Shop in Georgetown
3248 M St entrance today
Type Of Activity
WHCA Operations
Location
Location
3248 M St NW Georgetown
Date of Activity
1965 to 1976
Coordinates

A little history of The “WHCA Shop” in Georgetown:

For over a decade from 1965 to 1976, the WHCA base of operations resided at 3248 M St NW in Georgetown. A plain unmarked building it contained all of the logistical elements necessary to support the President and Vice President providing communications for all domestic and international  travel.

Parts of the structure located on M Street predate 1838 when it was used as a tobacco warehouse that opened up directly onto the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. In the 1850s, the building was purchased by John E. Reeside and Gilbert Vanderwerken and converted into stables for their omnibus line. The building continued to be used as stables for the first horse car line, the Washington and Georgetown Railroad. It was later converted into a machine shop for streetcars. The parts of the building that face the canal and the facade of the M Street entrance remain from those earlier periods. After the demise of Washington's streetcars in 1962, the building served as the United States Defense Communications Annex E before being converted to WHCA’s base of operations in 1964.

I received my orders after I graduated Microwave repair school at Ft Monmouth to report to a street address in Washington D.C. in Nov of 1965. I loaded my family in the car and headed to my new assignment in WHCA. When I arrived in Washington, I tried to locate the address, not knowing the city I made several wrong turns and ended up in VA, several times so we decided to stop and get something to eat. Luckily, I had a contact number for MSG Joe Terrian, I called him, and he informed me that they had moved to a location in Georgetown, and Ft Monmouth gave me the wrong address. The old building had been razed and all that was left was a hole in the ground. Now I had passed that hole in the ground at least a half a dozen times that morning. The old location was located at 26th Street and D Street NW. This is where WHCA had occupied a building that was in the Olde Heurich Brewing Company in Foggy Bottom. The brewery buildings were razed to make room for the new Kennedy Center which occupies that space  today,  the old shop moved from 26th St in May 1965. It had been DC transits street car repair shop, a monstrous old facility. GSA rented it from O. Roy Chalk, gutted it and remodeled it.  The new location  fronted on M St with two entrances one was WHCA personnel and the second was a non affiliated DCA office that had had no access to the rest of the building. MSG Joe Terrian gave me WHCA's official address which was 3248 M Street NW. It was an unmarked white front building with no columns but having a few steps that went up to a black door. Behind that door was an iron security gate.

3248 M St NW entrance  2017
The windows on the left of the front door was the Drafting and Reproduction Branch. The windows to the right was DCAU commander's office. Both on the first floor.  Personnel was just inside the entrance way.  The indoor parking garage was behind Personnel and the Photo Lab was located to the rear of the indoor parking garage on the backside of the building closest to the C and O Canal side.

WHCA’s Audio-Visual Branch stored all of their travel equipment at the shop on M Street. Everyone in the group had their own specific set of equipment... audio mixer, multiple for media feeds, tape recorders, mics and cables. Each individual was responsible to make sure everything was in working order in case of instant travel. The AV Group had their own maintenance shop at M Street where they maintained all the AV gear and stored all the trip packages there. 

WHCA’s Wisconsin Ave entrance in 1974
The Wisconsin St entrance was the main access for all vehicles. As you entered on the left was the Fabrication and Carpenter Shop in a separate building which sat between the Wisconsin Ave entrance and exit gates. The machine shop was adjacent in the main building there was an incinerator outside the carpenter shop for classified burns...that caused some outside interest on occasion, also along the entry drive was a big diesel generator for emergency Power.

As you entered the facility and the Parking garage you immediately saw the WHCA dispatcher who monitored all incoming traffic and access to the parking garage. The call sign for the M Street dispatcher was Checkmate. The Transportation Group also had motor pool was equipped with a lift and a car wash facility. Transportation was responsible for the maintenance of all the WHCA vehicles including the rented station wagons from a civilian contractor and WHCA own trucks and Van's, the rented Chevy Kingswood wagons were eventually replaced with GSA supplied Ford wagons.

On the right was the entrance to the Radio and TV shops. These two groups maintained and repaired all of the Motorola radio Equipment(base stations and  hand held units) HF /SSB radios as well as associated radio and paging consoles, all TV’s were also maintained in this area.

Material and Supply and was located between the Electronics Shop and Budget/Accounting who had a small office located between supply and WHCA Dispatch.

The Comm Center or 13a group had a secure office and crypto vault  on the first floor, behind Transportation.

Crown Radio was located at the "M" street shop on the Second floor above the radio shop and wood shop.  Access to the second floor was by using an outside stairway to the right of the driveway off Wisconsin Ave.

Crown Radio had two consoles one was the DC FM network. The other one was for the  Nationwide System (E/F), and secure voice All of WHCA and USSS FM locations in the Washington DC area terminated there, as well as the Echo/Fox Nationwide air-to-ground Communications for AF1. That was the old E/F console built by Mario Lilla. It was operated from there until Crown Radio moved to the OEOB shortly after the new WECO 608 was cut into service there.

In the basement there was an underground storage vault below the radio shop which belonged to 13A. One nice feature at M Street was the basement barroom where we had our Friday afternoon off-duty beer call -- the most recently promoted guys bought the beer, there were many attitudes adjusted there. The Technical Library was also located in the  basement behind the Keg.

In the five years that I was assigned to Camp David I was sent on roughly forty trips where I left from the shop. All of the equipment needed for every trip was staged at the shop, loaded on box trucks if needed or in the back of station wagon on smaller trips and all personnel would be provided transportation to the various D.C. Airports for departure. Upon the return from all trips and from all groups the equipment would be sent to the shop to test and or repair would be staged for the next trip.

The current store that occupies that spot where the door was located is "H & M". It cannot be verified if the white trim around the doorway of H & M is a reproduction or a real artifact of the facade of the entryway to The M Street door of WHCA. I do not know who had it before them, and maybe it was "Victoria's Secret". Part of the movie "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and "No Way Out" with Kevin Costner were filmed in parts of the mall. Arnold may have crashed through the window of Victoria's Secret in the movie.

I remember the stories of the WHCA shop as being a secret CIA HQ where it was found out by a local Georgetown rag in the late 60s-early 70s.

The people that worked in Riggs Bank was saying that our paychecks were coming from different parts of the country which was true. Air Force had paychecks from Randolph AFB in Texas, Army checks were coming from Indianapolis, and Navy was from another place. They saw license plates of our POV's from states around the country going into the shop through one gate and then coming out in government cars from the other gate with radio antennas on them. They saw all the antennas fencing on the roof of the building and cameras and speakers down on the street level at all the buildings entrances/exits. WHCA personnel going into a warehouse type of building with suits and ties seemed out of place for this Georgetown location.

CIA building on M St

Folks put all this together and came up with the caption for the article in the local paper saying, "Why is the CIA in Georgetown?" Little did they know that the real CIA was occupying a building in Georgetown, but that was at the end of M Street near Key Bridge in another building called The Car Barn {the building with the clock tower} that was also a trolley car warehouse which was right next door to the stairs used in the film The Exorcist!!! The red building on the right was occupied by the CIA.
The Exorcist Stairs
The WHCA  building and the one the CIA had were leased to the government by the same firm. 

In the early 1970’s the decision was made to move the shop to a more secure location in  Anacostia.  Over a period of time a phased move was coordinated to relocate all Groups and Departments to their new location. When WHCA vacated the location that was the “shop” in Georgetown the building was totally remodeled and was turned into a a very upscale mall, the Georgetown Park Mall now occupies the space on M St.

Georgetown Park Mall M St Entrance 
This is the inside of Georgetown Park today, on the same level which all the cars parked, the WHCA dispatcher, besides some of the offices at the WHCA facility at 3248 M Street.

First floor interior of the Georgetown Park Mall
Wisconsin Ave Entrance Today
The shop was a drab place in the late sixties, unlike today's decor. It was in a good spot, though -- right across from Blues Alley and just down the street from Mister Henry's, the Cellar Door and other late-night fun spots. Henry Kissinger used to take his movie-star girlfriends for dinner at the Rive Gauche restaurant next door. Here is a picture of the inside of Rive Gauche where President Ford also ate a couple of times. 

Rive Gauche Restaurant
I enjoyed working at the Georgetown location before it was all moved to Anacostia.

Building 94
DCAU started moving to Anacostia in the early 70's. There was Bldg. 94 which held Personnel, Material and Supply, and maybe a few other Offices.

WHCA location at Anacostia mid 70’s
There was a building Bldg. 47 which was a converted double hanger. Electronics Branch was on the ground floor and The Photo Lab occupied the entire 2nd floor. The Photo Lab was one of the last groups to leave the M Street complex.


WHCA operations at Anacostia 
Between Bldg. 47 and Bldg. 94 was a single hanger type building that Transportation occupied. Building 91, became WHCA's Training Center. If you go back in WHCA far enough, you'll remember that was the old HMX-1 facility before WHCA obtained it and turned it into today’s  training center. M street was closed when they finished the remodel of the hanger next to Bldg. 94 about 1976.

The Agency moved into Building 399 in 1991.
Construction of the Col George J McNally building was completed in 1991 and became the permanent home of The White House Communications Agency (WHCA).
Location of WHCA HQ’s building in Anacostia

Rear entrance to the WHCA facility building 399