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News | Sept. 19, 2017

Media Advisory: DIA Change of Directorship Scheduled for Oct 3

By DIA Public Affairs

Press Contacts:

James Kudla,, 202-231-0818

Cmdr. William Marks,, 202-231-0808

Washington -- Reporters are invited to cover the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Change of Directorship Oct. 3, at 3 p.m., held at the DIA Headquarters, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, DC.

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley, Jr., will relieve U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart to become the 21st director of the DIA. Ashley currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff of U.S. Army Military Intelligence, also known as the G-2.

“Lt. Gen. Ashley brings with him a wealth of experience in intelligence, both as a producer and consumer,” said Stewart. “He is well suited to lead this talented organization, having previously served as the director of intelligence of both Central Command and the Joint Special Operations Command, and as the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca,” Stewart added.

“Serving as your director has been the absolute pinnacle of my career, and it has been an honor and privilege to serve beside you,” Stewart told DIA employees. “You make me proud, each and every day.”

Stewart is to become the deputy commander of U.S. Cyber Command. The Senate confirmed his nomination for that position July 31.

Media RSVP and logistics:

  • RSVP by Sep. 25 via email to James Kudla and William Marks in the DIA Press Office at &

  • The following information is needed for building access:

    • Full name

    • Organization

    • Date of birth

    • Place of birth

    • Phone number

    • Email address

  • Arrival and Driving: Media should arrive at JBAB’s Arnold Gate (off of Malcolm X Ave.) by 2 p.m.

    • Reporters who desire to drive must also provide their driver’s license number, state and expiration date.

    • Those taking public transportation, taxi, or private car service (Uber, Lyft) can be dropped off at the Arnold gate and walk about three blocks to the DIA HQ building main entrance.

  • Cameras/Recording devices: Reporters who desire to bring cameras, audio recorders, laptops or other digital media devices must provide the make, model and serial number of each device by email.

  • We are working to livestream the ceremony for those who cannot attend. Details will be provided at a later date.

DIA’s mission is to provide intelligence on foreign militaries and operating environments that delivers decision advantage to prevent and decisively win wars. Nearly 50% of DIA’s 16,500 employees are stationed outside Washington, DC at national intelligence centers, combatant commands, combat zones, and defense attaché offices worldwide in more than 140 countries.