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Stephen Belongia Named Special Agent in Charge of Buffalo Field Office

Special Agent Stephen Belongia.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Stephen Belongia has been named special agent in charge of the Buffalo Field Office in New York.

Belongia, who most recently served as the section chief of Cyber Readiness at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., first joined the bureau as a special agent in 1997 in the Phoenix Field Office, where he investigated criminal and counterterrorism issues.

While in Phoenix, Belongia became supervisor of a white-collar crime squad in 2010, focusing on investment and complex security frauds. He later led a counterterrorism squad.

In 2011, he was deployed to Iraq on a temporary assignment, investigating international contract corruption. In 2013, Belongia became an assistant legal attaché in Nairobi, Kenya, where he investigated, among other things, piracy and the terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall.

Belongia returned to Nairobi and began serving in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, focusing on policy and administrative roles.

In 2017, Belongia was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Tampa Field Office in Florida, where he led the cyber, counterintelligence, human intelligence, technical, surveillance, intelligence, and administrative programs.

In 2019, Belongia was elevated to section chief of Cyber Readiness at FBI headquarters, working on a variety of tasks, including cyber education and training, human capital, strategic management, security, logistics, financial management, and workforce development. In addition, conceived and led several initiatives that included the FBI Cyber Academy, Cyber Pipeline, and the Cyber 2025 Strategic Review.

Before joining the bureau, Belongia earned a bachelor’s degree in business from California State University in Sacramento and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Oxford. Before becoming a special agent, Belongia worked as a CPA for KPMG.

Paul Keenan Named Special Agent in Charge of Indianapolis Field Office

Paul Keenan, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Paul Keenan, who was serving as a section chief for the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), has been named special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office.

Keenan’s career with the FBI began in 2003, investigating violent gangs out of the Los Angeles Field Office. In 2009, Keenan took charge of the Violent Gang Squad and later the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Squad investigating Mexican drug cartels.

In 2012, Keenan became the assistant legal attaché in Panama City, representing the bureau in Panama, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. He helped capture two of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

In 2014, Keenan began serving in the Knoxville Field Office in Tennessee as the supervisory senior special agent of the Chattanooga Resident Agency. While there, he led the investigation into a homegrown violent extremist attack on two military installations.

In 2016, Keenan became the assistant special agent in charge of the Operational Support Branch of the Miami Field Office, which included all specialty teams, the Computer Analysis Response Team, media operations, and several other programs.

In 2017, Keenan became ASAC of one of Miami’s criminal branches, where he led investigations of the mass shootings at the Fort Lauderdale airport and at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In 2018, Keenan was named chief of the Investigative and Operations Support Section in CIRG, where he led the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. In addition, he served as an acting deputy assistant director at CIRG.

Before coming to the FBI, Mr. Keenan was a special agent with the DEA. He holds a B.A. in political science from Indiana University.

Matthew R. Alcoke Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism Division of Washington Field Office

The FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

By Steve Neavling

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Matthew R. Alcoke has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the Washington Field Office.

Alcoke had been serving as a deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Alcoke became a special agent for the FBI in 1997 and spent 15 years as a case agent on the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in the Chicago Field Office. In addition, he served as Behavioral Analysis Unit coordinator in Chicago from 1999 to 2012 and as a SWAT operator from 2006 to 2012.

In 2012, Alcoke was promoted to supervisor of a Chicago Safe Streets and Gang Task Force in 2012 and served as the violent criminal threat program coordinator.

In 2015, Alcoke became assistant section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, leading the operational analysis branch of the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force. In 2016, Alcoke transferred to the International Terrorism Operations Section 2 as an assistant section chief, providing program management oversight for counterterrorism investigations in Europe, the Middle East, and the Levant, as well as the Counterterrorism Fly Team.

In 2017, Alcoke became assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Branch of the Atlanta Field Office before returning to headquarters as a section chief in the Office of Partner Engagement in 2018. He was promoted to deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division in 2019.

Before joining the FBI, Alcoke served as a patrolman for the Cleveland Police Department. He graduated from the Miami University in Ohio.

James A. Dawson Named Special Agent in Charge of Criminal And Cyber Division of Washington Field Office

Washington Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

James A. Dawson has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal and Cyber Division of the Washington Field Office, the FBI announced Monday.

Dawson had been serving as special agent in charge of the Mission Services Division in the same office.

In 1999, Dawson began serving as a special agent with the FBI, working with the Organized Crime and Drug Squad at the Milwaukee Field Office.

In 2001, Dawson was reassigned to the Kenosha Resident Agency, a satellite of the Milwaukee office, where he investigated multiple types of crimes. In 2003, his focus was primarily on public corruption at the McAlester Resident Agency of the Oklahoma City Field Office.

Dawson became supervisory senior resident agency of the Muskogee Resident Agency in 2011, where he oversaw four offices in eastern Oklahoma.

In 2015, Dawson was promoted to the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he served as assistant section chief of the Surveillance and Aviation Section. A year later, Dawson was appointed to lead CIRG’s front office.

In 2017, Dawson transferred to the Washington Field Office, where he was assistant special agent in charge in the Criminal Division, supervising 12 squads, ranging those focusing on public corruption and financial crimes.

A year later, he returned to CIRG, serving 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.

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

Keri Farley Named Special Agent in Charge of Intelligence Branch of New York Field Office

FBI’s New York Field Office, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Keri Farley, who had been serving as the acting chief of staff for the National Security Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch of the New York Field Office.

Farley’s career with the FBI began in 2004 at the Boston Field Office, investigating a variety of national security issues. In 2007, she was transferred to the New York Field Office. In 2010, she was promoted to supervisory special agent over New York’s first Terrorist Use of the Internet squad.

In 2012, Farley became supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Long Island Resident Agency under the New York Field Office. She was promoted in 2014 to assistant inspector and team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2016, Farley was tapped to serve as assistant special agent in charge of the Intelligence Branch of the Charlotte Field Office in North Carolina. In 2018, she was named chief of the Human Intelligence Section in the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters. She was appointed to acting chief of staff of the National Security Branch in 2020.

Before the FBI, Farley practiced labor and employment law after earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law.

Farley also played for the U.S. National Handball Team.

Darrin E. Jones Named Executive Assistant Director of Science & Technology Branch at FBI Headquarters

FBI Special Agent Darrin Jones, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

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Darrin E. Jones has been named executive assistant director (EAD) of the Science and Technology Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Jones, who had been serving as assistant director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Division, will oversee the Criminal Justice Information Services, Laboratory, and Operational Technology Divisions.

Jones’s FBI career began in 1997, when he served as a special agent in the Salt Lake City Field Office, investigating international drug trafficking and cybercrime and helped lead the counterterrorism planning for the 2002 Olympics.

In 2003, he became supervisor and served as a congressional liaison in the Office of Congressional Affairs at headquarters.

In 2005, Jones became a supervisor in the Operational Technology Division at Quantico, Va.

He began serving as the cyber program supervisor at the Albuquerque Field Office in 2007, managing criminal cyber cases and national security intrusion investigations. In 2009, Jones oversaw the construction of the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory and served as director of the lab, which provides digital forensics services to the law enforcement and national security communities.

In 2011, Jones was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Anchorage Field Office.

In 2013, Jones returned to FBI headquarters as a section chief in the Operational Technology Division, coordinating technical and policy matters related to electronic communication interception.

In March 2017, he was named special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office in Missouri.

In 2018, Jones earned an advanced certification in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University.

In 2019, Jones was appointed to assistant director of the Information Technology Infrastructure Division.

Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska.

Acting Homeland Security Director Appoints New CBP Commissioner

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the latest staff shakeup at the Department of Homeland Security, the new acting secretary, Kevin McAleenan, named a replacement to fill his former post as Customs and Border Protection commissioner.

McAleenan, who was appointed acting DHS secretary to replace Kirstjen Nielsen following her April 7 resignation, tapped CBP Chief Operating Officer John Sanders to become acting CBP commissioner Monday.

Acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders

“John Sanders has proven instrumental to advancing CBP’s mission and organizational priorities across the agency,” McAleenan said in a statement, Fox News reports. “In addition to bringing greater focus on the agency’s operational requirements, he has provided strategic direction and oversight to critical enterprise services and operations support functions across the agency.”

He added: “With John Sanders’ leadership, CBP will continue to excel, remain ever vigilant, and accomplish the mission with steadfast resolve.”

Last week, U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles resigned after he was told to “prepare an exit plan.”

Career Secret Service member James M. Murray will replace Alles in May.

Other shakeups included DHS acting deputy secretary Claire Gradey, who also resigned last week, and ICE Acting Director Ron Vitiello, who is stepping down at the end of this week.

John Brosnan Named Special Agent in Charge of N.Y. Field Offices’ Criminal Division

Special Agent John Brosnan appointed to lead the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

John Brosnan, who most recently served as the section chief of the Violent Crimes Against Children Section of the Criminal Investigative Division, has been named special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office.

That’s where Brosnan began his career as a special agent in 1995, investigating  white-collar crime. He’ll return to the office in March. 

During his 22-year career with the bureau, Brosnan has held leadership positions in the Philadelphia Division and the Counterterrorism Division

Brosnan, who is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, was appointed by FBI Director Christopher Wray.