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Robert Anderson Promoted to Assist. Director FBI’s Counterintelligence Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Robert Anderson, Jr., is moving up.

Anderson, who has been the deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters has been promoted to assistant director of the division.

Anderson joined the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Washington Field Office, where he investigated narcotics and violent crimes. In 1997, he transferred to the Hostage Rescue Team, where he completed deployments to more than 20 countries.

In 2001, he became a supervisor in the Counterintelligence Division. As a unit chief, he oversaw the management of nuclear proliferation and espionage investigations. He supervised the Phillip Cheng investigation in the San Francisco Division, which led to the arrests of 16 people for dual-use technology transfers.

Anderson returned to the Washington Field Office in 2004, first as the supervisor of its global foreign counterintelligence squad and later as the supervisor of one of its espionage squads.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Counterespionage Branch at WFO.

He returned to headquarters in 2008 to serve as chief of the Counterespionage Section. During the next year, he led the Harold James Nicholson/Nathan Nicholson espionage investigation, which resulted in the re-arrest and prosecution of Nicholson and his son for espionage.

In 2009, he was detailed for three months in 2009 as the acting special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division.

He returned once again to WFO in 2010 as special agent in charge of its Intelligence Division. Before joining the FBI, he was a Delaware State Trooper for nearly nine years.

Joe Riehl Takes Over ATF’s San Francisco Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Joseph M. Riehl is taking over ATF’s San Francisco Division, which includes Northern California and Nevada.

“We will renew partnerships and forge new working relationships with law enforcement at all levels of government as well as with community leaders and key stakeholders in California and Nevada,” Riehl said in a statement.

Riehl joined ATF in 1987 and was assigned to the Miami Field.

In 1994, he went to ATF headquarters as both a project officer in the Firearms Enforcement Division, and an explosives training manager in the Office of Training and Professional Development.

In 1997, it was off to Providence, R.I. where he was promoted to resident agent. In 2004, he became assistant agent in charge of the the Baltimore Field Division.

He also had served as ATF’s incident commanders on the high-profile D.C. and the and the Maryland and Washington D.C. serial arsonist investigations.

In 2005, Riehl served as the Chief, of the Arson and Explosives Programs Division at the ATF Headquarters.

In 2011, Riehl became deputy director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center at Quantico.

 

Chicago’s Longest FBI Chief Robert Grant Stepping Down; Going to Work for Walt Disney

Robert Grant/fbi photo

By STEFANO ESPOSITO
Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — The city’s longest-serving FBI chief is retiring — just one month after the city’s top federal prosecutor stepped down.

Robert D. Grant, 54, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office, has accepted a job with the Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles, where he will be part of their “Global Security Team,” according to the FBI.

“I have witnessed the FBI do some amazing things,” Grant said in a written statement Monday. “It has grown and stretched in ways I never thought possible. What I have come to realize is there is almost nothing the FBI cannot do when it sets a proper course and supports its tremendous people. There isn’t a day that goes by where I am not impressed and amazed at the work of the men and women of this organization, who I will miss greatly.”

To read the full story click here. 

Stephen Richardson to Head FBI’s Mobile, Ala. Office

Steve Richardson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Stephen E. Richardson, an inspector with the Office of Inspections, is leaving the mothership at headquarters and heading south to take charge of the Mobile, Ala. FBI office.

Richardson began his career with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency, and later the Baton Rouge Resident Agency.

In 2002, he moved up to supervisory special agent of the Safe Street and Gang Unit, Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters.

The next year, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division as a program manager, where he supervised terrorism investigations throughout the eastern region of the nation. In 2004, he was promoted to unit chief of the FBI Counterterrorism Watch Center, where he oversaw threats made to the United States.

In 2005, he became a supervisory agent in the Memphis Division and in 2009 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Division’s Criminal, Cyber, and Administrative Programs and oversaw the Roanoke, Bristol, and Lynchburg Resident Agencies. In January 2011, Richardson was promoted to his most recent position as inspector with the Office of Inspections.

FBI Agent Robert Allan Jones Who Served on FBI’s bin Laden Unit to Head Indianapolis Division

Robert Allan Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Allan Jones, who served on the Osama bin Laden unit, and eventually moved up to his latest post as FBI section chief in the Counterintelligence division at headquarters, has been named head of the FBI Indianpolis division.

Jones joined the FBI in September 1996 and was first assigned to the Kalamazoo, Mi. office.

In 2002, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Osama bin Laden Unit of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He provided oversight and guidance into FBI probes in to Sunni extremism matters and was made unit chief the next year.

In 2004, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in the Rochester Resident Agency of the Buffalo Division,and in 2007 was assigned to a classified, one-year tour in Balad, Iraq, with the United States Special Operations Command.

The next year, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division, and in 2009 was named the Legal Attaché in Afghanistan.

After returned to state side, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Baltimore’s FBI Chief Richard McFeely Reflects on Brief Tenure

Richard McFeely/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During his brief tenure in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore feed office, Richard A. McFeely refocused investigations on corruption and gangs, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Now McFreely is becoming assistant director of criminal and cyber operations at FBI headquarters.

During his thee years in Baltimore, McFreely oversaw high-profile cases, including the investigations of Baltimore police, violent drug trafficker Steven Blackwell, founder of the prison gang Dead Man Inc. and a man who tried to blow up an Army recruiting station, according to the Sun.

McFreely said he wasn’t changing the priorities of the FBI, but believed there was a disproportionate focus on terrorism.

Rafael Garcia to Head Up FBI’s Intelligence Division in LA

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Rafael J. Garcia, Jr., who served as director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va., has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s  Intelligence Division in Los Angeles.

Garcia joined the FBI in 1995 as a special agent in Phoenix where he investigated drug, organized crime, and terrorism cases and served as a Weapons of Mass Destruction program coordinator.

He went on to FBI Headquarters and held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism, including chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit.

In 2004, he served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.

An émigré from Cuba,  Garcia was raised in Baltimore and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy. Garcia left the U.S. Army in 1995 to join the FBI.

He has a Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College.

April Brooks Named Head of Criminal Division in NY

April Brooks

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

April Brooks, whose career  included investigations into  children-related crimes  and the mysterious death of a Baltimore federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna in 2003, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in the FBI’s very busy New York Division.

Brooks, special assistant to the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, began her career with the FBI in 1990 in Los Angeles.

In September 2000, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Crimes Against Children Unit at FBI Headquarters. In this role, she oversaw the Innocent Images National Initiative as well as child abductions and international parental kidnapping investigations, the FBI said.

In December 2002, she was reassigned to the newly established Cyber Division to continue oversight of the Innocent Images National Initiative.

In 2003, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Baltimore Division in September 2003. In January 2004, she was named the supervisor responsible fo the probe into the death of  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathon Luna of Baltimore. District of Maryland. He was in shallow water with several shallow stab wounds in rural Pennsylvania in December 2003. The case was never resolved, but the FBI theorized that the wounds were self-inflicted and he committed suicide.

In August 2007, Brooks was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence, Counterterrorism, and Special Operations Programs in the Baltimore Division. In January 2008, she was selected to oversee the Intelligence Branch, including the HUMINT, Foreign Language, and Applicant Programs, along with the division’s cross-programmatic capabilities.

In February 2010,  Brooks was promoted into the Senior Executive Service as an inspector in the Inspection Division. In 2012, she was named special assistant to the executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch.