UPDATE (5:55 p.m.): Click here for copy of Mueller's remarks at today's ceremony.
The FBI awarded its highest honors to a group of 38 agents and foreign, federal, and local law enforcement officers today. We’ve pasted the full list after the jump. One of the recipients, Supervisory Special Agent Earl Camp, led the crowd today at Attorney General Eric Holder’s installation ceremony in saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Camp, along with three other agents, was awarded the FBI Star for actions related to a bombing attack in Islamabad in March 2008.
"These men and women are not the kind to call attention to their individual acts of heroism, but those brave and courageous acts deserve our attention and our gratitude. Today we stand here and formally recognize them with the FBI’s highest honors,” FBI Director Robert Mueller III told a standing-room only crowd at the bureau’s headquarters today, according to this release.
From the FBI:
The FBI Star is awarded for serious injury sustained in the direct line of duty from physical confrontation with criminal adversaries, an injury inflicted by weapons, gunshot wounds inflicted in the line of duty, or an injury so severe that it would require hospitalization, substantial emergency room treatment, or significant medical treatment for a sustained period of time.
Today’s recipients of the FBI Star include:
Major Peter Norton of the British Army, a Captain at the time, was seriously injured in a bomb blast in Iraq while serving as a team leader for a Combined Explosives Exploitation Cell mission alongside two FBI Special Agent Bomb Technicians.
Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Bruce Bennett, SSA Earl Camp, SSA Tricia Gibbs, and Special Agent (SA) Raymond Pitesky, for their actions related to a bombing attack in Islamabad, Pakistan, in March of 2008; and Detective Superintendent Keith Pearce of the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England, who was with the agents when the attack took place.
The FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement is awarded for extraordinary and exceptional meritorious service in a duty of extreme challenge and great responsibility, extraordinary and exceptional achievements in connection with criminal or national security cases, or a decisive, exemplary act that results in the protection or the direct saving of life in severe jeopardy in the line of duty.
Today’s recipients of the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement include:
SSA Harold Bickmore, for his heroic and selfless efforts to save the life of a 16-year-old girl following a traffic accident on a highway in a suburb of Boston.
SSA John Dunn, for his actions while assigned to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team in Iraq, working to disrupt and dismantle the al Qaeda in Iraq network.
SSA Tricia Gibbs, for her conduct during the March 2008 bombing attack in Islamabad, Pakistan, for which she also received the FBI Star.
SA Sean J. Burke, SA Jeffrey Dowdy, SA Michael Dupler, SA Daniel Gaston, SA Jason Kruger, SA Haejun Park, and SSA Jeffrey Wood, Jr., for their courageous response to the scene of a grenade attack at the Serena Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January 2008.
The FBI Shield of Bravery is presented for brave and courageous acts occurring in the line of duty or within the scope of FBI employment, which may extend to major assistance to a task force or undercover operation, grave situations, or crisis confrontations associated with the highest priority cases of the FBI.
Today’s recipients of the FBI Shield of Bravery include:
SSA Nicholas Boshears, in recognition of an exceptional act of bravery while assigned to a team in Iraq tasked with providing immediate analysis of improvised explosive devices. SA Boshears provided first aid to Captain Norton after the blast that injured him.
SA Charles Davis, for his heroic actions while assigned to the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team in Iraq in 2006, working in support of the U.S. military to conduct sensitive searches, capture and interview insurgents, and recover weapons and other evidence.
SSA Christopher Rigopoulos, for heroic actions while on assignment in Iraq, providing life-saving medical assistance and physically shielded soldiers who had been gravely injured when a bomb exploded in the midst of their convoy.
SSA Stephen J. Clark and SSA William T. Francis, Jr., for their heroic actions under enemy gunfire while assigned to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team in Iraq.
SA Ronald Eowan, Department of State Senior Regional Security Officer Earl Miller, and former SA Paul Myers, for their investigation that led to the arrest of the 12 terrorists responsible for a 2002 ambush on 10 school teachers and a 6-year-old child in Indonesia. Two U.S. citizens and one Indonesian citizen were killed in the attack, and the surviving eight Americans were seriously wounded.
SA Steven J. Binney, SA David L. Bonney, SA G. Joseph Bradley, III, SA Jeffrey Cisar, Maryland State Police Captain Mark E. Gibbons, SA Thomas E. Huegerich, SA Christopher Mayfield, SA Paul V. Miller, SA Kevin P. Murray, SA Joe Pientka, III, SSA Michael E. Saltz, SA Jae B. Shim, SA Robert B. Tucker, and SA Kevin Vorndran. These 14 individuals were involved in a standoff and shootout at the apartment of a dangerous felon who had threatened to open fire on police at the United States Capitol Building. In the midst of the standoff, the team safely evacuated the residents of the adjacent apartments, including a family with two small children. Eventually, the team re-entered the apartment to arrest the subject, who continued to shoot at them until he was killed by return fire.
The FBI Medal of Valor is presented in recognition of an exceptional act of heroism or voluntary risk of personal safety and life, and this act must have occurred in the direct line of duty or within the scope of FBI employment and in the face of criminal adversaries.
Today’s recipients of the FBI Medal of Valor include:
SA Robert Merta, for investigating and locating a dangerous fugitive in 1989. His courageous actions during the arrest, tackling the subject in an attempt to disarm him when the subject opened fire, protected his fellow agents from grave harm.
SSA Christopher Rigopoulos, for his actions in Iraq saving the lives of his convoy at great risk to his own life—for which he also received the Shield of Bravery—and for participating in the rescue of Captain Norton following a bomb blast.
SSA Stephen J. Clark and SSA William T. Francis, Jr., for their work on FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team in Iraq, putting aside their own safety and putting their lives on the line on a day-to-day basis, for which they also received the Shield of Bravery.