“Tony Mendez received this Presidential challenge coin from Barack Obama when visiting the White House. While he was not there alone - he visited with about 20 other people receiving recognition for unique government service - he was the only one who was presented with this coin. The group received the Sammy Award, the government's equivalent of the Oscars, for individual, unique achievement.
Of all the honors Tony has received, including participating in the Oscar winning movie ARGO, this Presidential challenge coin has been particularly significant.
We would like to share it with you.”
Jonna Mendez served for 27 yeras as Technical Operations Officer and Chief of Disguise for the CIA, which earned her both GS-14 rank and the Intelligence Commendation Medal. She took on the daunting role of properly training agents to use spy cameras and efficiently gather intelligence. In collaboration with her husband Tony, Jonna has contrib...Read More
Congratulations to former CIA officersTony and Jonna Mendez on being honored at this year's America Abroad Media Awards! The Power of Film "honors outstanding leaders whose work exemplifies the power of media to inform,educateandempowercitizens about the critical social and public policy issues of our time.";A total of four people were recognize...Read More
"Tony Mendez received this Presidential challenge coin from Barack Obama when visiting the White House. While he was not there alone - he visited with about 20 other people receiving recognition for unique government service - he was the only one who was presented with this coin. The group received the Sammy Award, the government's equivalent ...Read More
Source: UT Dallas What do Ben Affleck, Tony and Jonna Mendez have in common? They were all involved in the making of the Academy Award (for Best Picture) winning film Argo. Tony and Jonna are both retired CIA officers after over 20 years of service and the fascinating stories to go along with it. Tony chronicled his involvement in a rescue op...Read More
Tony Mendez, the retired CIA agent played by Ben Affleck in the hit movie "Argo,'' has revealed that he is battling Parkinson's disease. Mendez and his wife, Jonna, spoke about his condition during a four-day symposium run this week by the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, as well as in an interview with the Washington Post. The couple revealed Me...Read More
Written by Jason Moll Antonio "Tony"; Mendez, retired Central Intelligence Agency officer and mastermind of the caper that brought six American diplomats out of Iran following the 1979 embassy takeover, addressed National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employees and Commonwealth partners at NGA headquarters in Springfield, Virginia, June 9. To...Read More
Written by Ibtisam Ahmed The University of Warwick book festival returned to the Warwick Arts Centre for its second edition over the weekend of the 17th and 18th of May. Among the many writers who spoke at the event was Tony Mendez, the former CIA operative who masterminded the "Canadian Caper";, an exfiltration mission to save the lives of US ...Read More
Written by Catherine Vonledebur Former CIA agent Tony Mendez spent a week writing Argo with Hollywood screenwriter Chris Terrio. Shortly after the script was written a shiny new yellow pick-up truck pulled up along the rocky road to his house in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western Maryland, DC delivering a bottle of Cristal champagne and a h...Read More
Former Secret Service Agent, Jonna Mendez, gives disguise tips to Fox News for quickly hiding in plain site. Jonna, wife of Tony Mendez, focused part of her career on disguises and aided other agents to go incognito. To view the video, click the image above or follow the link here. Source: Fox NewsRead More
Written by Amrita Jayakumar What does it take to get your children the perfect holiday gift? A professional sleuth, apparently. As the pressure to win the holiday shopping battle builds, marketers are inventing creative ways to help parents strategize. Enter Jonna Mendez, wife of Antonio Mendez. After a 27-year career at the CIA, the former ...Read More