DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (DIA)
The Defense Intelligence Agency is an external intelligence service of the United States federal government, specializing in defense and military intelligence. The DIA headquarters is located at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington D.C.
The DIA is a component of the Department of Defense (DoD) and the United States Intelligence Community (IC), and informs national civilian and defense policymakers about the military intentions and capabilities of foreign governments and non-state actors. It also provides intelligence assistance, integration and coordination across uniformed military service intelligence components, which remain structurally separate from DIA. The agency’s role encompasses the collection and analysis of military-related foreign political, economic, industrial, geographic, and medical and health intelligence. DIA produces approximately one-fourth of all intelligence content that goes into the President’s Daily Brief.
Approximately half of its employees serve overseas at hundreds of locations and in U.S. Embassies in 140 countries. The agency specializes in the collection and analysis of human-source intelligence (HUMINT), both overt and clandestine, while also handling U.S. military-diplomatic relations abroad. DIA concurrently serves as the national manager for the highly technical measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT) and as the Defense Department manager for counterintelligence programs.
Additionally, the DIA is a national-level intelligence organization that does not belong to a single military element or within the traditional chain of command, instead answering to the Secretary of Defense directly through the USDI.
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is a 1,018-acre military installation, located in Southwest, Washington, D.C., situated between the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, off of Interstate 295 in the Anacostia and Congress Heights areas. The installation was established on October 1, 2010 in accordance with the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of Naval Support Facility Anacostia (NSF) and Bolling Air Force Base (BAFB).
There are over 17,000 Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. Three-quarters of the agency’s employees are career civilians who are experts in various fields of defense and military interest or application and although no formal military background is required, 48% of agency employees have some past military service.
The closest major airport to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which is located about 3 miles from base. The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia is located about 20 miles northwest of Washington DC.
If you are in need of temporary lodging, the Bolling Inn offers over 250 guest rooms. Call 202-404-7060 or DSN 754-7050 for reservations.
Washington DC offers several different public transportation options, including bus and train service. To learn more about the Metrobus and Metrorail systems, visit this page. Many people who work in the DC area choose to commute using the many different transportation options available. Odenton, Bowie in Maryland are popular cities for commuters into Washington DC. In addition, there are several areas located south in Virginia where many employees choose to live.
Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fredericksburg are all popular cities south and west of the DC area. In Maryland, the cities of Bethesda, Silver Spring, Bowie, and Odenton offer MARC stations making it easy to commute into DC.
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For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.
Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.
The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.
FOR THE CHILDREN
For all schools in Washington, DC, to be eligible for kindergarten children must have turned five years old on or before September 30 of that same school year. The compulsory school age in the District of Columbia is age 5. For more information about school requirements, contact the local school district.
According to Maryland law (7-301: Compulsory Attendance), every child between the ages of 5 and 17 must attend school. All children who will be 5 years old by September 1 of any given year must attend school in either a licensed private or public school Kindergarten that year.
To be eligible for kindergarten in Virginia, students must have turned 5 years old on or before September 30. The compulsory school age for the state is 5. If a child will turn 5 by December 31 and the parent or guardian feels that he or she is ready for kindergarten, then there is an early entrance option.
In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.
District of Columbia Public Schools (Information about DC area public schools)
Maryland State Department of Education (Information about Maryland public schools)
Virginia Department of Education (Information about Virginia public schools)
If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.
If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.
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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.
Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.
Washington DC Department of Health (202) 442-5955
Child and Family Services Agency (202) 442-6100
The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is a cabinet-level agency within the District of Columbia government, dedicating itself to the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and families residing in the District.
Humane Rescue Alliance (202) 723-5730
The Humane Rescue Alliance protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We enrich the humanity of our communities by promoting compassion and encouraging people to find joy, comfort, and companionship through the love and appreciation of animals.
Metropolitan Police Department (202) 727-9099
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the District of Columbia. The MPD has over 4,000 sworn and civilian members serving the city.
Cable/Internet/Phone providers in the area:
The Office of Corporate Communications (202) 231-5554
9.4 miles from the DIA
Located near Joint Base Anostia-Bolling, this area is near a beautiful park, is close to a mall and offers quick access to major roads and highways, including I-495.
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Rosaryville is located near several beautiful parks and is about a 20-minute drive to Joint Base Anostia-Bolling.
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In Washington, D.C., the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 87°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F. However, the summers can be hot and muggy, and the winters can be extremely cold and snowy.
DC experiences four distinct seasons each year. September, June and May are the most pleasant months, while January and February are the coldest. The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and a low of 66°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 25°F and high of 42°F.
The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 1 to August 28, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The area receives about 43 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow, on average, per year. There are approximately 216 sunny days per year in this area of the country.
The nation’s capital offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks, art galleries and memorials. In addition, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln Memorial, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the National Harbor and the Smithsonian Museums.
While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in the area. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free to the public and is a popular family-friendly attraction located in northwest Washington, D.C. Also, just a short drive north of the zoo is the beautiful temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is located just off the I-495 beltway. Each December, the grounds are lit up with millions of lights, attracting thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy the vibrant colors and the warmth of the welcoming Visitor’s Center.
And, be sure to stop by the Washington National Cathedral, which prominently and majestically stands at the crossroads of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. Tours are available at a minimal cost, and are well-worth your time!
Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.
For more information about things to do in the area and for a more complete list of attractions and sites to see, you can visit this helpful website:
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