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Defense Intelligence Agency Gets New Director

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The new director affirmed, "DIA has always been and will remain a highly agile and adaptive workforce and will stand unyielding in times of crisis as it supports our military forces and warfighting commanders. DIA has always responded to rapidly changing global events. It has demonstrated an amazing level of resiliency regardless of increased demands, yet despite the many challenges we face, the people of DIA continue to stand firm in their commitment to our nation's defense." Outgoing director Burgess was commissioned through the Auburn University ROTC program in 1974 and held a variety of key staff and command positions in the course of his career. He became the 17th director of DIA on March 18, 2009, and retires after 38 years of service.

Speaking to the crowd assembled at DIA headquarters Burgess said, "As our nation's intelligence professionals we have a non-negotiable obligation to the American people to call it the way we see it."

He added, "What guides this agency and its professionals every day is the understanding that while much of what we do is secret, our work is forever a public trust. And we must earn that trust anew every day."

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper presented Burgess with the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his contributions to the intelligence community. Clapper praised Flynn for his recent work at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Burgess to whom he referred as, "a role model for leadership in the entire community." Clapper added, "DIA is a significant supporter of special operations, and was so in the [Usama bin Laden] takedown operation a year ago last May – something which I don't think DIA ever really got appropriate credit for."

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, made remarks at the ensuing retirement ceremony, telling Burgess, "In the defense and national intelligence community, you have clearly been something I refer to as a leader of consequence and a champion of those whom we place in harm's way around the globe." Burgess also received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and a certificate of appreciation from President Obama. Secretary of the Army John McHugh presented Marta Burgess with a certificate of appreciation signed by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno in recognition of her lifetime of service to the nation.

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