Rafael J. Garcia, Jr., who served as director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC) in Quantico, Va., has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division in Los Angeles.
Garcia joined the FBI in 1995 as a special agent in Phoenix where he investigated drug, organized crime, and terrorism cases and served as a Weapons of Mass Destruction program coordinator.
He went on to FBI Headquarters and held several positions related to intelligence and counterterrorism, including chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures Unit.
In 2004, he served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq. In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office.
An émigré from Cuba, Garcia was raised in Baltimore and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy. Garcia left the U.S. Army in 1995 to join the FBI.
He 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.