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Most of DIA's activities are performed at DIA Headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, DC.
There are additional locations in Arlington, Virginia, Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland, and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.
Metropolitan Washington, DC
When you work at DIA, you'll share the excitement of one of the world's most important cities. Metropolitan Washington offers an array of cultural, educational, and recreational possibilities that no other area in the country can equal.
You'll experience national monuments and memorials; the Smithsonian museums; the Kennedy Center; internationally renowned universities and learning centers; endless parks and wooded areas; and you'll be within an easy drive of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, Baltimore, and a host of other attractions.
U.S. Defense Attache Offices, Worldwide
DIA employs a limited number of support assistants (secretaries and bilingual research technicians) in U.S. Defense Attache Offices (DAO), located at U.S. embassies worldwide.
For the adventurous few, these assignments (some requiring language proficiency) offer a unique opportunity to live and work in exciting overseas locations primarily in Europe and Latin America.
U.S. Combatant Commands (CCMDS), Worldwide
DIA employs a number of staff whithin each of the 9 different Combatant Commands: These commands are organized along geographical basis or on a functional basis.
- US Africa Command (AFRICOM)
- US Central Command (CENTCOM)
- US European Command (EUCOM)
- US Pacific Command (PACOM)
- US Special Operations Command (SOCOMM)
- US Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
- US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)
- US Northern Command (NORAD/NORTHCOM)
- US Transportation Command (TRANSCOM)
These exciting assignments help support the various military branches with their continuing broad and global missions.
Rivanna Station - Charlottesville, VA
DIA employs the second largest contingent of employees located outside the national capital region at the DIA Field Support Activity at Rivanna Station in Charlottesville, VA.
Charlottesville is an independent city located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to Albemarle County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The area has an incredibly rich history that draws millions of visitors every year.
As of the 2010 census update, the city had a population of 43,475. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Charlottesville with Albemarle County and surrounding counties bringing the total population to over 200,000.
In 2011, Charlottesville was ranked the best place to live in the United States in the book Cities Ranked and Rated by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander.
Charlottesville is best known as the home of the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson. The city is also home to Jeffersons' Monticello, his renowned mountain-top home which overlooks the city from Monticello mountain and to Ashlawn-Highlands, home of James Monroe, and Montpelier, home of James Madison. Tourists and visitors are increasingly attracted to the area's growing wine industry as well as the increasing number of festivals and world-class entertainment.
Fort Detrick - Fredrick, Maryland
DIA also employs a limited number of medical intelligence analysts, support professionals, and support assistants at the National Center for Medical Intelligence, located at Ft.Detrick in Frederick, MD.
The scenery in Frederick County is only a colorful backdrop against which the county's rich history has been played. Settled by German and English immigrants in pre-Revolutionary War times, Maryland's largest county is located in the backyards of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore and serves as the gateway to the mountains of Western Maryland.
Frederick County is a celebration of heritage and cultural diversity. At the northern end of the county, not far from the sprawling fruit orchards and a roaring waterfall, nestled in the Catoctin Mountains is Camp David, the private retreat of every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt. At the county's southern end, on the banks of the Potomac River, is Brunswick, an example of a 19th century railroad town in all its grit and glory.
Between these two extremes are miles of open farmland, four wineries, several state and national parks, a Civil War battlefield, and 13 towns of varying sizes and personalities.
The urban and cultural hub is Frederick City. Settled in 1745, Frederick was saved from Confederate General Jubal Early's torch in 1864 only after a town official secured $200,000 in loans from local banks to pay as ransom. Today the town features a 33-block historic district with noteworthy examples of architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Frederick boasts a thriving business district with a wide array of specialty stores, art galleries and antique shops, as well as a delectable assortment of restaurants.
Redstone Arsenal - Huntsville, Alabama
DIA employs a variety of engineering analysts, support professionals, and support assistants at the Missile & Space Intelligence Center at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.Huntsville, with over 190,000 residents, is the fourth largest city in Alabama. Founded in 1805, Huntsville today is a diversified community supporting a wide range of high technology, industrial, and international trade activities.
The Huntsville area offers many points of interest well worth a visit. One of the busiest is NASA's Space and Rocket Center, offering displays and working models chronicling the history of missile and space technology. A central downtown attraction is the Von Braun Civic Center which consists of the Arena, Concert Hall, Art Museum, and office space for most of the art and culture organizations of Huntsville. Just across Big Spring Lagoon from the Civic Center is Big Spring International Park, the early homesite of Huntsville's first settler. Also near the downtown area is the Huntsville Depot, now in the process of becoming a railroad museum with a reconstructed roundhouse and an operating locomotive turntable.
The Twickenham Historic District features dozens of historic homes built from around 1818. Located in the District is Constitution Hall park, where guides, in costumes of the period, give visitors a glimpse of what living was like in the early 1800s. On Monte Sano Mountain, the Burritt Museum and Park offers four attractions in one: a museum of local history, historic structures, nature trails, and picnic facilities. Nearby on this mountain is Monte Sano State Park with rustic cabins and improved campsites available.
Located in north central Alabama near the Tennessee border, Huntsville has a temperate climate and is surrounded on three sides by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The area enjoys complete seasonal cycles, with pleasant spring and fall seasons. Variety in weather patterns is caused by changes between cool northern highs and more humid movements from the Gulf of Mexico. The average annual temperature is 60.4 degrees Fahrenheit, with July having the warmest average at 79.3 and January the coolest at 38.8. Total average precipitation is 55.7 inches per year. Snowfall is negligible.
This page was last updated February 5, 2013.