Rafael Garcia Jr. has been named new special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division at the Los Angeles Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to a recent FBI release.
Garcia began his career with FBI in 1995 as a special agent in the Phoenix Field Office, where he investigated drug, organized crime and terrorism cases. In 1999, Garcia was assigned to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism.
In 2004, Garcia served as the deputy on-scene commander in Iraq, where he managed the day-to-day operational activity of FBI personnel. He was later promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office. While there, he was charged with supervising the Field Intelligence Group and Intelligence program, as well as the White-Collar, Public Corruption and Civil Rights programs.
Garcia has a Master of Counseling degree from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science degree in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Joint Military Intelligence College.