On the final day of American Archives month, we wanted to introduce Bernie Gardner, the longest-serving employee at the National Archives. He’s worked here since 1967. (In fact, he started working for the Federal government in 1955.)
Bernie is the expert on veterans files held in the Washington National Records Center, our facility in Suitland, MD.These records include various Department of Defense overseas collections, the records of the Selective Service System, and the Department of Veterans Affairs files of deceased veterans.
The records there are not permanent—they are stored for other agencies and sent out if requested.
Records managers in the DC area call Bernie when they need their records and have a minimum of location information. They know Bernie will do everything possible to get them the files they need as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your service, Bernie!