FBI names Heck to special agent in charge of counterterrorism division office

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert S. Mueller III has appointed Brenda L. Heck to the position of special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division.

Ms. Heck, who holds more than 22 years of FBI experience, was most recently the deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division at the FBI headquarters. Heck completed the Leadership in Counterterrorism program in 2006, a project that was sponsored by the Australian Federal Police along with the FBI.

Before working for the FBI, Heck was a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service from 1985 to 1988. She began her FBI career at its New York field office after completing new agent training at the FBI Academy.

Heck spent 14 years working extensively on investigations involving civil rights, fugitives and crimes against children. She was awarded the medal of merit as part of the New York Field Office Scuba Team. She was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division - Violent Crimes/Major Offenders Section at the FBI Headquarters in 2002, later transferring to the Counterterrorism Division, serving as a special agent, unit chief and an assistant section chief of the International Terrorism Operations Station.

Heck received the Director’s Award for Excellence in intelligence analysis for her work on a two year project known as the Strategic Team initiative, which realigned FBI intelligence functions.