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WHY Leutrell Osborne, Sr. for NCMA’s CKO? Osborne characterizes himself as, “a living a transformation and change agent from the world of espionage that can improve the NCMA.” The story of his life as THE BLACK MAN IN THE CIA is currently in press and recounts the inspirational details of his rise within the Agency. He cites his decades of varied experience, mentoring and activism:

1939-1951 Birth, mother, father, WDC, light skinned black man w/o money- At age 12, he was inspired by his  mother working at CIA; he got the vision to get a job at CIA and become a Spy Manager.

1952-1957 – Inspirational life involved in participating in changes like reduction of segregation barriers especially in high school; self taught photography skills got him hired by CIA as well; he eloped, marrying a wonderful life partner Rose Marie Battle Osborne who enabled them to have six children, raise 11 other children and stay married 52 years.

1957-1968 From the CIA’s DO, “Mike” Osborne became a CIA Case Officer w/o a college degree and graduated from the CIA’s Career Training Program (CTP) after having a tour abroad in the Far Northern Country (FNC) that enabled him with his family to serve as genuine change agents, including actually meeting and talking with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rose talked with Coretta while Leutrell spoke with Dr. King for over one hour at the US Ambassadors reception for Dr. King, Jr. after King received his Nobel Peace Prize.

1968-1972 Acquired language and college degree overcoming obstacles that mentoring “godfathers and mothers” helped resolve. He learned by example to mentor others.

1972-1974- Latin American tour as Case Officer involved in clandestine service change management and accomplishing firsts in tech operations, agent access opportunities and even sending out information that was from a tech op that become a formal CIA intelligence dissemination to the NIC.

1974-1976 While holding down a significant position as CI for Central America, Osborne was selected to be an adviser to two CIA Directors: Colby and “daddy” Bush 41. These opportunities enabled him to serve as a transformation agent while being on the DCI’s EEO Advisory Panel that brought greater equality to the CIA. That advisory opportunity was extra-curricula and enabled him to have the same vantage point on the CIA as the DCIs. Thus, from this platform, he made a historic decision and moved to desegregate the management of CIA’s Office of Communication and became a Communications Security (COMSEC) officer.

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