As you can read elsewhere in the navigation area here, the history of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. goes back to the beginning of its construction in 1939. Prior to that, firearms and other training for FBI agents was arranged at military and police locations around the country, although it should be made clear here that the Quantico Marine base ranges were also used prior to 1939.
Firearms Instructor, and later SAC of the FBI's Academy, Henry "Hank" Sloan and his staff played a major role in the construction process from day one. Some of his family photos left behind give us a picture today of the evolving ranges and more between 1940 and 1943. Sloan himself entered the FBI in 1935.
We have now created a slideshow, changing visual effects and adding a few more pictures to finish it up. Called The "Mudflats," (the actual term used then) this show depicts still photos of agents Hank Sloan, Bill Epsey, George Zeiss and others in their early construction efforts at the FBI Academy as we know it, complete with all the mud you can swallow, circa 1940. Early training of agents is also shown among the photos.
The show runs about 3 & 1/2 minutes, and is a large 115 meg file. You're free to pass the link to others. The new slideshow is stored at Mediafire.com at this location.
With high speed internet, it should take about 4-5 minutes to download (from my testing) unless a significant amount of downloads is occurring at one time.
Credit: The music attached was sung by Susan Boyle and is titled "Memory." Written by Trevor Nunn, was based on T. S. Eliot's poems "Preludes" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night"
Enjoy the short ride.......