February 3, 2010 - FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named James W. McJunkin the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division. Mr. McJunkin most recently served 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,” said Director Mueller.
Mr. McJunkin became a special agent in 1987 and has served in the San Antonio, Atlanta, and Washington D.C. field offices. He spent the majority of his time in the Atlanta Division as a supervisory senior resident agent, supervising FBI investigations in northern Georgia. During these assignments, he led investigations in the organized crime, white collar crime, violent crime, drug trafficking crime, civil rights, and counterterrorism arenas.
In 2003, Mr. McJunkin was promoted to unit chief within the International Terrorism Operations Section I (ITOS I) at FBI Headquarters, where he earned the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation for his efforts. In 2004, Director Mueller appointed Mr. McJunkin to direct a multi-agency task force assembled to address threats to the presidential election. He was later recognized with the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work. That same year, Mr. McJunkin was selected as an assistant section chief of ITOS I, where he provided direction and supervision to the FBI’s counterterrorism operations within the continental United States.
Mr. McJunkin was selected as the assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, the FBI’s second largest division, in 2005. There, he led the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF); managed all substantive counterterrorism investigations conducted within the National Capital Region; and oversaw significant overseas investigations involving terrorism attacks against U.S. citizens. In March 2006, he led a team of FBI personnel with the on-scene investigation of a terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan that claimed the life of a career diplomat and several foreign nationals. In August 2006, Mr. McJunkin was designated acting special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, Counterterrorism Division.
In January 2007, Mr. McJunkin was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service, and after a brief period as the deputy director for law enforcement at the Central Intelligence Agency, he was appointed the section chief of ITOS I. Director Mueller designated Mr. McJunkin as the deputy assistant director for FBI Counterterrorism Operations - Branch I in January 2008.
Before joining the Bureau, Mr. McJunkin was a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from the Pennsylvania State University.