WASHINGTON — Letitia Long, the incoming director of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), will formally accept command of the agency Aug. 9, the NGA announced Aug. 3.

Long has served since 2006 as deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and will become the first woman to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency. She was appointed to the post Feb. 22 by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and then-Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair. Long succeeds U.S. Navy Adm. Robert Murrett, who has led the NGA since 2006.

The change of command ceremony will take place at the NGA’s new headquarters at Fort Belvoir, Va., according to an NGA press release.