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FBI Agent William Kim Gets Victim Assistance Award

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI special agent William L. Kim of the Washington field office has received the Vanguard Award for “outstanding work in the field of victim assistance”, the FBI said.

Kim was credited with helping in the quick recovery of an abducted 5 year old, the agency said. He was honored on April 26 by the Northern Virginia Coalition of Victim Service Providers at its annual Candlelight Vigil of Courage, Hope and Remembrance.

“Agent Kim exemplifies the dedication of FBI personnel to protect, and act swiftly to save the lives of those in danger,” said Joseph Persichini Jr., who heads the Washington FBI field office.

FBI Names Agent Daniel Roberts Assist. Director of Criminal Justice Information Services

fbi1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Daniel D. Roberts, a Detroit native, has been named assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

Roberts, who  replaces the retiring Thomas E. Bush, III,  was most recently Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division, the FBI said.

“Dan brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position and will continue the legacy of CJIS that involves sharing data with over 18,000 law enforcement partners,” FBI Director Robert E. Mueller III said in a statement.

Roberts started his career in 1987 in Chicago, where he served as a primary SWAT team member and as a firearms instructor, the FBI said.

Eventually, in March 2000, Roberts was assigned to FBI headquarters as a unit chief of the Chief of the Violent Crimes/Fugitive Unit. He later became an assistant special ageent in charge in Salt Lake City
In June 2004, Roberts became special agent in charge of the Detroit FBI office.

Missouri U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway to Step Down and Join Law Firm With Ex-A.G. John Ashcroft

U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway

U.S. Atty. Catherine Hanaway

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The exodus of U.S. Attorneys continues.

The Associated Press is reporting that U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway of the Eastern District of Missouri will resign to join a law firm with former Attorney General John Ashcroft. Her last day is Sunday.

The wire service reported that the Kansas City law firm will be called Ashcroft Hanaway. AP reported that Hanaway will work in St. Louis and Ashcroft will be based in Washington.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Names Women to Head San Francisco and Honolulu Offices

fbiBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has picked seasoned women agents to head FBI offices in San Francisco and Honolulu.

The women are replacing women agents.

Stephanie Douglas will head the San Francisco office and Charlene B. Thornton will take charge of the Honolulu office, the FBI said.

Douglas started with the FBI in 1989 and went on to the Washington field office where she investigated violent crimes, public corruption and “some of the FBI’s most sensitive counterintelligence and espionage investigations”, the FBI said. In 2000, she was promoted to a supervisory post and was detailed to the CIA, the FBI said.

After taking various posts, she was named deputy assistant director for Operations Support in the Counterintelligence Division, the FBI said. She replaces Charlene Thornton, who goes off to Honolulu.

Thornton joined the FBI in 1979, and started working criminal counterintelligence and counterrorism in the Indianapolis and Los Angeles divisions, the FBI said.

In 1995, she became assisant special agent in charge of the Honolulu office. She later went on to become special agent in charge of the Birmingham, Ala. and Phoenix divisions and in 2006 headed the San Francisco office.
She replaces Janet Kammerman, who is now associate executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch at FBI headquarters.

Retired Secret Service Agent John Keirans Dies at Age 57

John Peter Keirans, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, died March 31, 2009, according to the New York Times. He was 57.

Keirans was in the Secret Service for 20 years.

FBI Dir. Mueller Presents 42 Honorary Medals

By Allan Lengel
Recipients of the FBI medals

Recipients of the FBI medals

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WASHINGTON — Three FBI agents wounded during a 2008 bombing in Pakistan were among  38 FBI and other law enforcement people awarded honorary FBI medals by the director Robert S. Mueller III during a standing- room only ceremony at headquarters Friday.

In all, Mueller presented 42 honorary FBI medals to the 38 people that included the FBI Star, the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement, the FBI Shield of Bravery, and the FBI Medal of Valor.

The FBI said the awards recognized “exceptional acts by both FBI and other law enforcement personnel working with the FBI, across the country and around the world.”

“These men and women are not the kind to call attention to their individual acts of heroism, but those brave and courageous acts deserve our attention and our gratitude,” Mueller said. “Today we stand here and formally recognize them with the FBI’s highest honors.”

The three agents in Pakistan who were given awards included Bruce Bennett, Tricia Gibbs and Raymond Pitesky.

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Owen Harris to Head FBI Charlotte Division

fbi1By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com
WASHINGTON — Owen Harris, who served as a section chief of the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Charlotte division, the agency announced Monday.

Harris, an agent since 1990, replaces Nathan T. Gray, who was recently named special agent in charge of the Phoneix division.

Harris’ first stint was in Gary, Ind. He later went on to become a supervisory agent in the Hate Crimes Unit within the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, the FBI said.

At that post, he served as the national program manager for civil rights investigations involving racial and religious discrimination, according to the bureau. He also represented the FBI on the U.S. Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Working Group and served on the President’s National Church Arson Task Force, which investigated arsons nationwide.

He took on several posts after that including violent crimes supervisor in the Houston Division, assistant section chief in the Counterterrorism Division,  and assistant special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office. He returned to headquarters in 2007.

He is married and has three children.

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Retired FBI Agent Jerry Breidenfeld Dead At 83

By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer

Jerry H. Breidenfeld, 83, a retired agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, died March 6 at Reston Hospital Center of congestive heart failure. He moved to Ashburn in 2006 after living in Reston for many years.

Dr. Breidenfeld joined the FBI in 1951 and served in Knoxville, Tenn., Chicago and Butte, Mont., before being transferred in 1970 to Washington, where he worked with the agency’s radio engineering facility.

His duties involved checking for bugs at embassies and other government facilities. He retired from the FBI in 1980 but continued to do de-bugging work for the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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