Royce E. Curtin Named Special Agent in Charge of Norfolk Field Office
|Washington, D.C. February 19, 2013|
Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Royce E. Curtin the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office. Mr. Curtin most recently served as the chief of staff and special assistant to a high-ranking executive who oversees all FBI criminal, cyber, crisis response, and international operations.
Mr. Curtin joined the FBI as a special agent in 1996 and worked complex financial crime matters in the Dallas Field Office. He also served as the case agent in a murder-for-hire investigation involving a plot to kill a Texas police detective and his wife. In March 1999, Mr. Curtin was assigned to the Hostage Rescue Team, where he served as a multi-aircraft tactical helicopter pilot in command.
He joined the Attorney General’s security detail in Washington, D.C., in November 2001 as a team member responsible for protecting former Attorney General John Ashcroft. In September 2003, Mr. Curtin was promoted to supervisory special agent and transferred to the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), where he served as a program coordinator responsible for the pre-deployment processing and training of all FBI and federal law enforcement personnel conducting investigative, intelligence, and force protection operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
While at CIRG, Mr. Curtin also served as the interim program coordinator and acting chief of the Special Operations Group Unit, where he managed the national deployment of FBI surveillance assets in direct support of priority counterterrorism and major criminal enterprise investigations.
In October 2005, Mr. Curtin reported to the Las Vegas Division to serve as the Technical and Surveillance program coordinator and squad supervisor. In 2007, he was designated the program coordinator and squad supervisor of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force programs, where he directed task forces and coordinated joint investigations supported by undercover operations and court-authorized electronic surveillance. He also served as the division’s crisis management coordinator.
In February 2009, Mr. Curtin reported to the San Antonio Division as the assistant special agent in charge of the Austin Resident Agency, where he managed personnel and task forces working significant terrorism, counterintelligence, public corruption, civil rights, gang, drug trafficking, and violent crime matters.
Mr. Curtin served as the FBI’s on-scene commander and led the Fort Hood shooting investigation in November 2009 and managed on-scene and bureau resources during the deliberate airplane attack into the IRS Building in Austin in February 2010.
Mr. Curtin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. Before he joined the FBI, he served as a U.S. Army Aviation Officer; Apache attack helicopter pilot in command; Aviation Platoon Commander; Aviation Squadron Operations Officer; and Aviation Brigade Liaison Officer with the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisions.