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Archive for July 6th, 2021

James Kallstrom, Who Led FBI’s New York Field Office and Probe of TWA Flight 800, Dies

Former FBI Assistant Director in Charge James Kallstrom

By Steve Neavling

James K. Kallstrom, the former head of the New York Field Office and the lead investigator of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800, has died. 

He was 78. 

A 27-year veteran of the FBI, Kallstrom became an electronic eavesdropping expert and investigated mobsters and terrorists. 

In 1995, Kallstrom was appointed to serve as head of the FBI’s New York City office. 

“In Mr. Kallstrom, the F.B.I. Director, Louis J. Freeh, chose one of the bureau’s most respected technical wizards, a man whose surveillance techniques played a critical role in the arrests of every major organized crime leader and terrorist in New York in the last 20 years,” The New York Times wrote in 1995. 

“Jim Kallstrom is superbly engineered to lead the New York office of the F.B.I.,” Mr. Freeh said at the time.

Following the TWA Flight 800 crash, which killed all 230 people on board, Kallstrom led the 16-month investigation, which revealed that a spark in the fuel tank caused the plane to explode. 

Kallstrom later co-founded the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which assists children who lose a parent in the line of duty. 

A Worcester, Mass., native, Kallstrom graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1966 before joining the Marines and serving in Vietnam.

James A. Dawson Tapped to Lead FBI’s Little Rock Field Office

FBI Special Agent in Charge James A. Dawson

By Steve Neavling

James A. Dawson has been named the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas.

Before the appointment, Dawson had been serving as the special agent in charge of Criminal and Cyber Division of the Washington Field Office.

Dawson’s career as a special agent began in 1999, when he worked on the Organized Crime and Drug Squad in the Milwaukee Field Office. 

In 2001, he moved to the Kenosha Resident Agency, a satellite of the Milwaukee office, and in 2003, he transferred to the McAlester Resident Agency of the Oklahoma City Field Office, where his focus was public corruption. 

In 2011, Dawson began serving as supervisory senior resident of the Muskogee Resident Agency, overseeing four offices in eastern Oklahoma.

In 2015, Dawson was promoted to assistant section chief of the Surveillance and Aviation Section in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), serving as the national program manager of the FBI’s ground surveillance program. In 2016, he began leading CIRG’s front office, where he was in charge of intelligence, finance, security, facilities, and technical units.

A year later, Dawson was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in the Criminal Division of the Washington Field Office, where supervised 12 squads. In 2018, he returned to CIRG as the section chief for the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Section.

In 2019, Dawson was promoted to special agent in charge of the Mission Services Division of the Washington Field Office, and in 2020, he transferred to special agent in charge of the Criminal and Cyber Division.

Before joining the FBI, Dawson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a surface warfare officer.