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FBI Wash. Field Office Gets Piece of Pentagon Wall From 9/11 Attack

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI agents at the Washington Field Office hardly needed anything to remind them of the devastating aftermath of 9/11,  and the plane crash at the Pentagon that killed 184 folks.

Nonetheless, it was nice gesture Wednesday when the office  was presented with an 800-pound limestone block recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon after the plane crash.

The stone was presented during a military ceremony at the field office in Washington, blocks from the U.S. Capitol. It  will  be displayed in the lobby of the building.  Agents responded to the Pentagon minutes after the crash.

“The relationship we share with the Military District of Washington, Arlington County Fire, and other first responders was formed long before that fateful day,”  James McJunkin, assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said.

“In the years since, these bonds have grown as one of the few positive legacies of September 11. The FBI is stronger now because of these partnerships. What emerged from that scene at the Pentagon ten years ago should instill in every American today a sense of confidence in the skill, courage and keen coordination within of our Nation’s law enforcement and first responders.”

John Perren

“This stone serves as a reminder of the past and is a tribute to the injured and the 184 lives lost at the Pentagon nearly ten years ago,” said Karl Horst, Major General, Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region. “Today we remember how our partners at the Bureau reacted with extraordinary heroism when – without warning – they were called upon to perform their duty in the midst of an unimaginable act of terrorism. ”

Mike Rolince/knights of columbus photo

Speakers at the ceremony included former FBI agent Michael Rolince, who was Section Chief, Counterterrorism Division, FBI Headquarters on 9/11 ; FBI Deputy Assistant Director John G. Perren, Criminal Investigation Division, FBI Headquarters , who was a supervisory special agent for the WFO’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on 9/11; Major General Karl R. Horst, Joint Force Headquarters, National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington and  McJunkin, who now heads up the FBI Washington Field Office.

FBI’s Mark Giuliano Named Assistant Dir. for Counterterrorism at HQ

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Mark F. Giuliano becomes the new assistant director for the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, replacing James W. McJunkin who will take over as head of the bureau’s Washington Field Office.

“Mark’s experience and leadership have prepared him well to lead the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division during these important times,” Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

Giuliano, who is the deputy assistant director for Operations Branch II, Counterterrorism Division, at headquarters, oversaw all domestic terrorism operations in the U.S., as well as the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Lone Offender Task Force, the Yemen fusion cell, the Pakistan threat group, human intelligence and strategic terrorism operations, communications exploitation and terrorist financing for FBI counterterrorism operations worldwide, the FBI said.

Prior to that, he served as section chief of the Domestic Terrorism and Strategic Operation Section.

Before joining the Counterterrorism Division, he served as assistant special agent in charge of national security for the Atlanta Division.

He also served as the FBI’s on-scene commander in Afghanistan.

He started his career at the Washington Field Office’s Safe Streets and Gang Task Force.

FBI’s James McJunkin to Head Washington Field Office

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the FBI Washington Field Office.

The office is currently being run by acting head John G. Perren. The vacancy popped up after Shawn Henry, the head of the FBI Washington field office, was named to the number four spot at headquarters. McJunkin is expected to assume the new post next month.

John Perren

McJunkin started out with the FBI in 1987 and worked in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices, the FBI said.

In 2005, he became an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin became the acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division and after a couple more moves, he was named deputy assistant director for Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I in January 2008.

In February, he was named to his current post at headquarters.

John Perren Named Acting Head of FBI’s Wash. Field Office

John G. Perren/fbi photo

John G. Perren/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Perren, FBI special agent in charge of counterterrorism branch at Washington Field Office, has been named acting head of the office.

In the meantime, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters is rumored to be a front runner to take over the top spot at Washington Field Office on a permanent basis.

The change comes as Shawn Henry, who headed the office, moves over to headquarters to take over the number four spot in the FBI as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

Prior to going to the Washington field office, Henry served at headquarters as assistant Director of the Cyber Division. He’s been with the bureau 21 years.

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

Perren joined the FBI in 1987 and has held a number of positions including  Section Chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Perren was one of three On-Scene Commanders at the Pentagon following 9/11.

From January to June of 2005 he was the On-Scene Commander for FBI Field Operations in Baghdad, with responsibility for over 125 FBI personnel in Iraq.

FBI’s James McJunkin Named Assist. Dir. of Counterterrorism Division

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Agent James W. McJunkin is taking over the ever important spot at headquarters as assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters.

He moves up from his post as one of the division’s deputy assistant directors.

“Jim has extensive experience and a record of success in managing counterterrorism investigations and creating successful partnerships, tools that will help the FBI, along with our partners, defeat the groups and individuals who wish to harm us,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement.

McJunkin started out with the FBI in 1987 and worked in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices, the FBI said.

In 2005, he became an assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office and led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).

In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin became the acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office Counterterrorism Division and after a couple more moves, he was named deputy assistant director for Counterterrorism Operations — Branch I in January 2008.

FBI Agent Says Recent Terrorism Attacks Could Encourage al Qaeda and Others

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI’s James McJunkin told a Congressional Committee Thursday that the “principal lesson from the Mumbai attacks remains that a small number of trained and determined attackers with relatively unsophisticated weapons can do a great deal of damage.”

“Last week’s attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahaore, Pakistan is another example of a low-tech, but potentially high impact operation,” McJunken, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism division told the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

“We are concerned about the possibility that the other terrorist groups, including al Qaeda or its affiliates, will take note of these attacks and attempt to emulate them,” he said.
The attacks in Mumbai last Nov. 26 killed more than 170 people including six Americans.
McJunkin lauded the cooperation between the American and India’s investigative agencies.

“The unprecedented collaboration we developed with our Indian law enforcement and intelligence counterparts in this investigation has strengthened our relationship with the Government of India.”

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