Since 1998, the principal goals of DIAA have been to arrange special activities in support of its members and DIA personnel to include:
Educational services and information about DIA and other topics of interest to members
Sponsor social activities to benefit the membership
Inform members of available events of interest
Publish information concerning special achievements or accomplishments of DIA or individual members
Provide the whereabouts of other members in a “members only” directory
The DIA – DIAA partnership includes:
Annual DIAA Homecoming -- normally held in the fall -- where DIA opens its doors to the Alumni for a full day of briefings on global events followed by robust Q&A time.
Sessions with various agency program managers and the opportunity to interact with DIA executives over lunch.
Director, DIA addresses the Association and brings the membership up to speed on current and future DIA initiatives.
DIAA Board of Directors (BOD) monthly business meetings in DIA Headquarters spaces.
Other events and activities include DIA social and educational events as deemed appropriate. These include the Annual DIA Picnic and Diversity Day activities, just to name just a few.
DIAA supports DIA by participating in the following activities:
DIA Torch Bearers Award process with 2 members of the Association sitting on the selection panel.
Sponsoring the tri-annual SSG Hobson Silver Pen Award to the graduate of the Attaché́ Staff Training Class in the Joint Military Attaché́ School (JMAS), who submits the best operations plan, as selected by the JMAS facility. The awardee receives a silver pen and a DIAA coin.
DIAA membership also has demonstrated their generosity by their donations to various DIA programs, such as, “Feds Feeds Families”, “Operation Holiday Cheer “ and the collection of school supplies for a DIA sponsored school.
The Defense Intel Alumni Association (DIAA) was created by a small group of separated and retired DIA civilian and military personnel in 1998. Then-DIA Director LTG Patrick M. Hughes approved DIA participation with DIAA and authorized DIAA to operate and meet at Agency facilities for educational and social purposes. In the last 23 years, DIAA expanded its membership, increased interaction with DIA, and delivered social and educational activities on behalf of its members.
DIAA is a non-profit 501(c) (7) organization that is exclusively operated for the recreation and educational benefits of its members. In accordance with its bylaws, DIAA is governed by a Board of Directors (BoD) consisting of 12 elected voting Directors and two non- voting representatives appointed by DIA leadership (currently from DIA/OCC) who provide a direct link to DIA.
There are three statutory Officers (President, Secretary and Treasurer) who execute decisions and perform prescribed duties in accordance with DIAA by- Laws.
The Board has also created a Vice President position, which assists in day-to-day leadership of the organization.
DIAA membership is in 23 states, with the majority living within the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. DIAA has an active chapter in Florida and members in Australia and Europe.
Providing social, recreational, educational and career transition support to former, retired and current DIA civilian or military personnel supporting the DIA mission.
Be a premier association of former defense intelligence professionals. To accomplish this, the Board will:
Provide members social, recreational, and educational opportunities
Inform members on DIA and DIAA events, members’ whereabouts, activities, and special accomplishments.
Sponsor opportunities for members to contribute to the professional development of current DIA employees.
Assist current and future members as they transition into retirement, or a second career.
The DIAA Board of Directors embraces these core values:
Honor the history and culture of DIA
Serve and support the DIA workforce
Support DIA approved educational programs
Honor exceptional dedication to duty by DIAA members in support of the association’s missions and vision.
Maintain independence and non-partisanship in all our activities.
Defense Intel Alumni Association PO Box 354, Charlotte Court House, VA 23923