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FBI names new Portland special agent in charge

by: PORTLAND FBI - Gregory T. BretzingThe FBI has named Gregory T. Bretzing to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland Division.

The announcement was made Monday by FBI Director James B. Comey, who selected him.

Bretzing begins serving immediately. He most recently served as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Bretzing began his career as an FBI special agent in 1995 and reported to the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crime matters. In that capacity, Bretzing was the case agent of a large, multinational organized crime and corruption case and received the Office of National Drug Control Policy National Task Force Investigation of the Year award, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator’s Award.

In September 2000, Mr. Bretzing was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division’s Money Laundering Unit at FBI Headquarters. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, he was instrumental in tracing funds used by the hijackers to carry out the attack.

Bretzing was promoted in August 2002 to unit chief in the Terrorist Financing Operations Section. He was recognized for his work by the CIA and received the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction for his contributions to the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts.

In January 2004, Bretzing transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge in September 2007 and led the office’s Criminal Branch. In August 2009, he was assigned as the FBI on-scene commander in Afghanistan, where he served for four months.

In December 2009, Bretzing returned to Salt Lake City as the assistant special agent in charge and assumed responsibility for Salt Lake City’s National Security Branch in July 2010. Mr. Bretzing was appointed as an inspector in August 2012.

Bretzing attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.