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When: Tuesday, 20 March 2018
1100 - 1300
Where: DoubleTree San Antonio Airport Hotel
37 NE Interstate 410 Loop
San Antonio 78216
Contact: Alamo AFCEA

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Special Agent Combs photoSpecial Agent Combs
Federal Bureau of Investigation
San Antonio Division

Special Agent (SA) Combs was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the FBI San Antonio Field Office in April 2014. San Antonio Division encompasses 60 counties, 65,636 square miles, two federal judicial districts, one third of the border with Mexico (625 miles) and employs approximately 500 employees. SA Combs has oversight for the Austin, Brownsville, Del Rio, Laredo, McAllen and Waco Resident Agencies.

Previous to this assignment, SA Combs entered the Senior Executive Service (SES) ranks in January 2012, when he became Section Chief of the FBI Strategic Information and Operations Center (SIOC), the FBI's 24-hour worldwide command, control and operations center. SA Combs also served as the FBI lead in the development of training and response programs to combat active shooter events throughout the U.S.

SA Combs was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) of Counterterrorism at the FBI Washington Field Office (WFO). As ASAC, SA Combs oversaw the Threats, Domestic Terrorism, Special Events and Special Operations programs. WFO Special Operations was composed of the WFO Bomb Squad, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Team, Evidence Response Team (ERT), Operational Medics (OpMed), Underwater Search and Evidence Response Team (USERT), Hazardous Material Response Team (HMRT), SWAT, Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT), and the Rapid Deployment Team (RDT). SA Combs previously served as the Operations Unit Chief of the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), an SSA in the WMD Operations Unit, and as SSA of the WFO National Capitol Response Squad (NCRS).

SA Combs was also the FBI lead in the development of the U.S. Active Shooter training and response programs. SA Combs received the FBI Director's Award for Distinguished Service to the Law Enforcement Community for President Obama's 2008 Inauguration.

SA Combs has directed numerous domestic and international critical incidents throughout his career. He was the initial On-Scene Commander (OSC) at the Pentagon crash site immediately after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and then served as the FBI representative to Unified Command (UC) for the duration of on-scene operations. SA Combs served as the FBI representative to UC at the U.S. Capitol during the anthrax mail attacks of 2001. He served as the FBI Operations SC for numerous terrorist incidents to include: Holocaust Museum Shooting, Pentagon Shooting, and the Luna Restaurant Bombing in Pakistan. SAC Combs also served as the Deputy OSC of all FBI operations in London in support of the London 2012 Olympics. SA Combs served as the OSC for the FBI during the response and investigation of the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs Baptist Church.

SA Combs was a member of the inter-agency writing team that developed the Initial National Response Plan (Initial NRP), the NRP, and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). SA Combs was also a FBI representative to the White House Homeland Security Council (HSC). During that time, he served as the Special Assistant to the Senior Federal Law Enforcement Official (SFLEO) during Hurricane Katrina and co-authored the White House "Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina Lessons Learned" after action report. SA Combs was appointed the SFLEO for the federal law enforcement response to Hurricane Harvey. As the SFLEO, SA Combs had oversight of more than 700 federal law enforcement officers who provided public safety support to state and local authorities conducting law enforcement and rescue operations in the Houston Metropolitan area and other impacted communities along the Texas coast.

SA Combs is currently a fellow with the Ash Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

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