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Kind Words Flow for Slain Ex-ATF Official Gregory Holley Sr.

Gregory Lee Holley Sr.

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The tragic death of Gregory Holley Sr., a former ATF official killed in a robbery in Northern Virginia on Wednesday,has triggered an outpouring of kind words.

On a Facebook page created for him, some commented on the loss including Mike Morrissey, who formerly headed the Detroit ATF office.

Morrissey wrote:

“Greg was a good friend and dedicated family man. It was my honor and priviledge to have worked with him in the Detroit Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Greg was my Assistant and I recommended him for the Special Agent in Charge position when I retired. I was most impressed by his dedication and commitment to his God and his family. I am so saddened by his tragic and untimely death and my prayers and my thoughts go to his family and friends. May God be merciful to you in this time of mourning and may His peace be upon you as you navigate through this period of life. Thanks Greg for what you did for the men and women of this nation and for being such a great example of faith. I will miss you but I will look forward to our reunion in heaven.”

Shana Robinson wrote:

“Such a quiet spirited man, a warm smile, and friendly hello is how I will remember Bro. Greg. I am shocked and saddened by this senseless tragedy. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and may God be your comforter and strengthen you during this time of grief. God Bless, We love you!!!”

A memorial service is set for Thursday at 7:00pm at Hylton Memorial Chapel, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge, VA.

 

Ex-ATF Official Gregory Lee Holley Sr. Fatally Shot in Suburban D.C. Robbery

Gregory Lee Holley Sr.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A former ATF agent, who headed up the Detroit office several years ago, was robbed and fatally shot on Wednesday night in suburban D.C., WUSA9 reports.

The station reported that Gregory Lee Holley Sr., 55, of Woodbridge,Va. was shot while he was walking his dog around 9:40 p.m.

When police got to the scene they found Holley on the ground.

Holley was a long time employee of ATF. He began his Federal career with IRS, then later began his ATF career as a Special Agent in Chicago.

He was promoted to Atlanta as a group supervisor and subsequently returned to Chicago in that same position.

He spent several years at ATF Headquarters as a Program Manager and Branch Chief, and was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge and then Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division.

SA Holley was subsequently transferred back to Headquarters in 2003, and went to work for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration in 2005, retiring 2009.

If you’d like to post a comment about Holley on this story, please send it to lengela@ticklethewire.com.

Royce Curtain Who Led Fort Hood Investigation is New Head of FBI’s Norfolk Office

Royce Curtin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Royce E. Curtin, who led the FBI’s Fort Hood shooting investigation in 2009, has been tapped to head up the agency’s Norfolk Field Office.

Curtin last served as chief of staff and special assistant to a high-ranking executive who oversees all FBI criminal, cyber, crisis response, and international operations.

Curtin joined the FBI in 1996 and investigated complex financial crimes in the Dallas Field Office.

In 2001, he joined a security detail to protect Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Two years later, he was promoted to the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he served as a program coordinator responsible for the pre-deployment processing and training of all FBI and federal law enforcement personnel conducting investigative, intelligence, and force protection operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to an FBI press release.

In October 2005, Curtin reported to the Las Vegas Division to serve as the Technical and Surveillance program coordinator and squad supervisor.

In 2007, he was named program coordinator and squad supervisor of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force programs.

In February 2009, he was named assistant special agent in charge of the Austin, Tex.

He served as on-scene commander and led the Fort Hood shooting investigation, and managed on-scene and bureau resources during the deliberate airplane attack into the IRS Building in Austin in February 2010, the FBI said in its release.

Before he joining he FBI, he served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer; Apache attack helicopter pilot in command; Aviation Platoon Commander; Aviation Squadron Operations Officer; and Aviation Brigade Liaison Officer with the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisi

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan Says So-Long On Friday

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who served under two presidents, steps down on Friday after a long reign at the head of the agency.

Sullivan, who had been director since 2006,  had a successful run as director, but his tenure was not without heartburn.

He had to deal with the couple who crashed a White house party in 2009, and last year, his agents were involved in a sex scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.

He was an agent for 30 years.

Eric Birnbaum Heads West to Become an SAC in FBI’s Los Angeles Division

Eric Birnbaum

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eric S. Birnbaum, who served as chief inspector of the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Administrative Division in the Los Angeles office of the FBI.

Birnbaum  joined the FBI 1988 and was first posted in the Washington Field Office, where he focused on white collar and violent crime.

In 1992, he was promoted to firearms examiner in the FBI Laboratory and managed an initiative that used a computer imaging technology to link evidence from serial shooting crimes, according to an FBI press release.

In 1997, he was assigned assistant inspector in the Inspection Division and audited FBI operations nationwide.

Two years later, it was off to the San Diego Division to supervise a White Collar Crime Squad that focused on health care fraud, governmental fraud and environmental crime matters.

In 2003, he headed north to the San Francisco Division where he served as assistant special agent in charge for the intelligence, criminal and SWAT programs.

In 2007, he was promoted to deputy assistant director of the FBI Laboratory.

Two years later, Birnbaum returned to the Inspection Division as one of eight inspectors who lead teams that worked on  treamlining the FBI’s operations. He was named chief inspector in 2012.

Birnbaum has a doctorate in physical chemistry from Stanford University.

 

FBI Names First Woman – a 29-year-veteran – to Lead Salt Lake City Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mary F. Rook, a 29-year veteran of the FBI, was named the first woman to serve as special agent in charge of the bureau’s Salt Lake City Division in Utah, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The announcement Monday marks yet another big achievement by a female FBI agent in a field that not long ago was dominated by men.

Rook launched her career with the FBI as a lab technician in 1984 and most recently served as special agent in charge of the Anchorage Division in Alaska.

Rook, a native of Montana, replaces David J. Johnson, who recently was appointed to lead the FBI’s operations in San Francisco.

Michael Steinbach Gets the Nod as Permanent Head of FBI’s Miami Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael B. Steinbach, who has been acting head of the Miami FBI since last August, becomes the permanent special agent in charge.

Steinbach also served as head of the Jacksonville office while he was acting SAC for Miami.

He began his career as an agent in 1995, and was first posted in Chicago, where he worked in the fugitive and violent crimes/major offenders programs.

In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. He provided program management for FBI operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan.

In 2004, he was off to Afghanistan to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations.

Steinbach was assigned assistant legal attaché in Israel in 2005. In January 2006, he was promoted to legal attaché. He worked with Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on all FBI investigative matters.

In 2008, Mr. Steinbach was promoted to supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force in the D.C. Field Office, and in 2009 was appointed assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

In May 2010, Steinbach was made deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. He was then assigned special assistant to the associate deputy director of the FBI.

In April 2012, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division.

 

 

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Puerto Rico Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI agent will oversee operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Carlos Cases, previously served as director for Latin America and the southwest border for the FBI’s criminal investigations division in Washington, D.C., will monitor crimes in U.S. territories from the San Juan, Puerto Rico office, the FBI announced.

Working outside of the mainland is nothing new for Cases. He worked at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and also at the FBI office in Puerto Rico, where he played a role one of the bureau’s largest public corruption cases of local police.

Cases replaces Joseph Campbell, who served most recently as special agent in charge of the Puerto Rico office.