Highly Decorated FBI Agent Retires
MIAMI—George L. Piro, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, retired today, June 30, 2022, concluding an impactful 24-year FBI career.
The employees of FBI Miami said farewell to Piro during an all-employees ceremony held earlier today at their Miramar headquarters.
On Tuesday, Piro traveled to Washington, D.C., and met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Director Paul Abbate who thanked him for his many years of dedicated service to the FBI.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Piro received numerous awards and decorations for his intelligence and law enforcement service, including the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement (the highest intelligence community award), the FBI Director’s Award for Excellence, the Anti-Defamation League’s Blue Shield Award for Counter Terrorism Excellence, multiple FBI Combat Theater Awards, and the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement for life saving action. He is one of the FBI’s most highly decorated agents.
He led a number of complex investigations, held a variety of leadership positions, and deployed around the world. Most notably, he was selected as the team leader and interrogator for the FBI’s interrogation of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Piro spent seven months conducting the interrogation of Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime. At the time, Mr. Piro had only five years of experience as a special agent in the FBI.
“I am truly humbled to have served as an FBI Special Agent,” said Piro. “The FBI has a world-wide reputation for its investigative acumen. It was my goal to add to that well-earned standing among the world’s law enforcement elite. Any success I achieved belongs to the Bureau.”
Piro is the longest serving Special Agent in Charge for the FBI’s Miami Office.
“Being SAC in Miami was a long-held goal of mine and I’ve enjoyed serving here,” said Piro. The employees of this office are among the best in the Bureau and are tireless in their efforts to uphold the constitution and protect the American people. It was my intent to retire a couple years ago, then COVID hit followed by the tragic line of duty deaths of our two agents, so I chose to remain to guide the office through a difficult time. Leading them was an incredible privilege.”