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John R. Modlin Named Interim Chief Border Patrol Agent for Tucson Sector

John R. Modlin, interim chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

John R. Modlin has been named interim chief Border Patrol agent for the Tucson Sector in Arizona. 

Modlin, who made the announcement on Twitter, will replace Roy Villarreal, who held the position since March 2019. 

“While every part of this country has its unique challenges, my mission as a Border Patrol agent has always been the same: secure our borders and ensure the safety of our communities,” Modlin, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran, wrote in the tweet. 

He added, “I look forward to working with Tucson Sector’s many government, tribal and community partners as I continue with that mission in southern Arizona.”

The Tucson Sector covers Cochise, Pima and Santa Cruz counties. 

It wasn’t clear why Villareal was leaving, but he has a new assignment in Washington D.C. and will retain his title as chief patrol agent, a CBP spokesman told The Arizona Republic.

“He has been temporary detailed up to Border Patrol headquarters to help with strategic planning,” spokesman John Mennell said.

Modlin’s Border Patrol career includes stints at the Detroit Sector and the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

FBI Agents Association Honors Dr. Fauci at Annual Event

By Allan Lengel

The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), which represents more than 14,000 active and retired agents, honored Dr. Anthony Fauci at its seventh annual “G-Man Honors: A Salute to FBI Heroes” event on Thursday night.

Dr. Anthony Fauci

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was the keynote speaker and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award.  

All proceeds from the virtual event benefit the FBIAA’s two charitable funds, the Memorial College Fund and the Membership Assistance Fund, for children and spouses of deceased agents.

FBI Director Chris Wray was a special guest at the event and host at a special roundtable.

“FBIAA’s G-Man Honors is a night to recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the FBI and their families,” FBIAA President Brian O’Hare said in a statement before the event. “We are honored to present our highest award to Dr. Fauci and thrilled that Director Wray will join us and speak to the student beneficiaries of FBIAA’s Memorial College Fund. The powerful stories of our FBI families are truly inspirational, and we are excited to share them with FBIAA’s members, friends and supporters.”

Those wishing to donate to the funds can text FBIAA at 50155 or go to www.gmanhonors.com.

James Davis, Ex-FBI Agent Who Helped Process Saddam Hussein After His Capture, Died Unexpectedly

FBI Agent James Davis helping process Iraq leader Saddam Hussein after he was captured.

By Steve Neavling

James Davis, the former FBI agent who led the team that processed Saddam Hussein after his capture in Iraq and later led the Denver Field Office, has died. 

Davis was walking his dog when he had a heart attack Friday morning, The Denver Post reports

A Detroit native, Davis began his career with the FBI in 1985. After serving as assistant special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, Davis served as the deputy on-scene commander of the bureau’s Baghdad Operations Center in Iraq, where he was responsible for overseeing post-war counterterrorism and counterintelligence operations from November 2003 to December 2004.

In December 2003, when Hussein was captured from an underground hiding spot, Davis led the team that questioned, fingerprinted and collected DNA samples from the former Iraqi dictator.

“He shook. He was just a sick, old man,” Davis said in the 2008 interview. “He was just coughing. He was not healthy and he had not eaten well.”

Davis went on to serve as the on-scene commander for the FBI in Afghanistan from December 2004 to February 2005, leading the bureau’s operations to hunt down al Qaeda operatives. 

In March 2008, Davis was named special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office. 

After 26 years with the FBI, Davis became the public safety and homeland security advisor in Colorado, where he served for three years in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration.

“Jim Davis, in the face of danger and disaster, always put others first. He was the unsung hero who made the 2008 DNC Convention a great success, and Colorado was fortunate that he agreed to come reorganize our Department of Public Safety right before four of the most difficult years for our state,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “Jim was unwaveringly caring and empathetic, helping responders and victims to deal with some of the worst tragedies imaginable. We lost a great Coloradan and a great man today. My heart goes out to his family and friends across the state and around the world.”

Davis later worked in Colorado as a security consultant and most recently was a security advisor in Denver to the National Football League.  

Davis graduated from Michigan State University with an accounting degree in 1982 and worked as a certified public accountant in Chicago before joining the FBI.   

Eugene Kowel Named Special Agent in charge of Omaha Field Office in Nebraska

Eugene Kowel, special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Eugene Kowel has been named special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office in Nebraska. 

Kowel began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 2005 in the New York Field Office, were he was assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force. As part of the FBI’s counterterrorism mission, Kowel completed deployments to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2009.

In 2010, Kowell was promoted to supervisory special agent, working in the International Terrorism Operations Section, Counterterrorism Division, at FBI headquarters. In 2011, Kowel was a unit chief in the International Terrorism Operations Section.

In 2013, Kowel became the supervisory senior resident agent in the Atlanta Field Office, leading the Savannah and Brunswick resident agencies in Georgia. In addition to overseeing criminal and counterterrorism investigations in 19 counties, he led the Southeast Georgia Violent Crime Task Force, the Child Exploitation Task Force, the Savannah Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the Coastal Georgia Safe Streets Gang Task Force.

In 2016, Kowel began serving as an assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he led squads investigating violent gangs, transnational organized crime, violent crime, and crimes against children. 

In 2019, Kowell became the chief of staff to the FBI’s executive assistant director for the Intelligence Branch and as section chief of the Intelligence Branch’s Executive Staff Section at FBI headquarters.

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in political and social thought, Kowel received a law degree from the New York University School of Law. He  served as an assistant district attorney in New York City before joining the FBI.

Steven M. D’Antuono Named Assistant Director in Charge of Washington Field Office

Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Steven M. D’Antuono has been tapped to serve as assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office. 

D’Antuono, who spent much of his 24-year career at the FBI tracking down white-collar crime and public corruption, most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office.

D’Antuono joined the bureau as a forensic accountant in 1996. His first assignment was at the Providence Resident Agency in Rhode Island, where he handled criminal investigations into financial crimes, public corruption, organized crime, drugs, and counterintelligence.

In 1998, D’Antuono served as a special agent assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he investigated white-collar crime and public corruption.

In 2004, D’Antuono began teaching white-collar crime while serving as the supervisory special agent at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. In 2008, he was transferred to the Washington Field Office to supervise a public corruption and government fraud squad.

In 2014, D’Antuono became an assistant special agent in charge at the St. Louis Field Office, overseeing the Criminal and Administrative branches.

D’Antuono was promoted in 2017 to chief of the Financial Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, where he oversaw all of the bureau’s white-collar crime programs, including corporate securities and commodities fraud, economic crimes, financial institution fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, intellectual property, and forensic accountant programs.

In 2019, FBI Director Christopher Wray named D’Antuono as the special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office. 

D’Antuono earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Rhode Island. Before joining the FBI, he was a certified public accountant.

Kristi Koons Johnson named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office

Kristi Koons Johnson, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

Kristi Koons Johnson has been named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. 

Johnson was serving as the special agent in charge of the Omaha Field Office in Nebraska.

Johnson became an FBI special agent in 1999, working for a decade in the Chicago Field Office, where she investigated organized crime and public corruption. In 2007, she began leading a public corruption squad as a supervisory special agent. 

Johnson was tapped in 2010 to serve as the chief division counsel for the Omaha office, where she provided legal advice about investigations and FBI policy.

In 2014, another promotion brought Johnson to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., where she was unit chief in the bureau’s Internal Policy Office, managing day-to-day operations. 

In 2016, she returned to the Omaha Office as the assistant special agent in charge of national security, cyber, and intelligence matters.

In 2018, Johnson was back at headquarters serving as chief of the Transnational Organized Crime Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, which manages investigations and collects intelligence of transnational criminal organizations.

In 2019, Johnson was promoted to special agent in charge of the Omaha office, which is responsible for operations and personnel across Iowa and Nebraska. Her focus was on preparing for crises by establishing partnerships with private sector and community partners, and enhancing relationships with federal, state and local agencies.

Johnson also has served as a trainer at the International Law Enforcement Academy in San Salvador, El Salvador, and in Skopje, Macedonia. In addition, she has served in temporary duty positions in Moscow and Athens, Greece, as the assistant legal attaché.

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy.

Suzanne Turner Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s San Diego Field Office

Special Agent Suzanne Turner.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Suzanne Turner has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego Field Office, where she spent most of her career working.

Turner, who most recently served as deputy assistant director of the FBI Academy’s Training Division in Quantico, Va., began her career as a special agent in 1998, when she was assigned to the San Diego Field Office. She began investigating violent crimes and bank robberies, but soon moved on to major Mexican narcotics cases.

In 2001, Turner joined the San Diego-based team investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In 2013, she began investigating public corruption.

In 2007, Turner became supervisory special agent in San Diego and investigated corporate, securities, and health care fraud. She also served as the white-collar crime and asset forfeiture manager. In 2011, she joined San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad.

In late 2011, Turner was promoted to assistant inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she returned to San Diego’s Human Intelligence Squad. In 2014, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s Intelligence Branch, overseeing the Human Intelligence Squad, five field intelligence groups, the surveillance program, the foreign language unit, and other programs.

In 2017, Turner became assistant special agent in charge of San Diego’s National Security Branch, where she was responsible for counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, weapons of mass destruction, and other programs. In 2018, Turnere was promoted to Inspection Division section chief.

Earlier this year, Turner was promoted to deputy assistant director of the Training Division, overseeing all operations at the FBI Academy in Quantico. Before joining the FBI, Turner was a sheriff’s deputy and a police officer in Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in human resources management from Syracuse University.

George M. Crouch Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Newark Field Office

Special Agent George Crouch.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

George M. Crouch, Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office.

Crouch was serving as the deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Crouch’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he was assigned to cover counterterrorism investigations in the New York Field Office.

In 2002, Crouch became one of the first members of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Fly Squad, working out of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In 2003, Crouch was promoted to a supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2006, Crouch began serving as the supervisory senior resident agent of the Allentown Resident Agency of the Philadelphia Field Office, where he oversaw the Allentown area.

In 2010, he became the assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office. At other times, he also led the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, human intelligence, technical, surveillance, intelligence, and administrative programs, and oversaw all matters in multiple resident agencies.

In 2014, Crouch was named section chief of the China Intelligence Section in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. In 2017, he became deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division, where he oversaw hiring, retention, transfers, benefits and compensation, promotions, medical, and retirements for FBI employees.

Crouch received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Before joining the FBI, Crouch served in the U.S. Marine Corps.