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Portland FBI field office gets new agent-in-charge


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FBI - GREGORY BRETZINGGregory T. Bretzing has been appointed as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Portland Division. 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 at the Phoenix Field Office, Sierra Vista Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, corruption and violent crimes.

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

He was then 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 2004, he was transferred to the Salt Lake City Field Office, where he managed the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He was then 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 before being promoted to an inspector in August 2012.