Special Agent Brian O’Hare, President of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) officially announces that the “G-Man Honors, A Salute to Heroes” event will be held on November 18, 2021, in Washington, DC, and that I will be recognized as the FBIAA G-Man Honors – Distinguished Service Honoree for my continued support of the FBI Family through my podcast and books.
This is the best “because of my podcast” story, ever!
I feel like I just won an Oscar, or Emmy, or a Pulitzer Prize, or any of the awards you can receive that acknowledge your creative work. This is not an acceptance speech. I’ll save that for November 18, in Washington DC, when I give my keynote address at the fundraising banquet, but I will use this space to share with you what I hope happens from this unbelievable national recognition from my peers.
As the FBIAA’s Distinguished Service Honoree for 2021 (I like how that sounds), I invite you to donate to the Memorial College Fund and the Membership Assistance Fund and provide financial support to the children and spouses of fallen Agents, and those struck by unforeseen tragedy. There’s a link in your podcast app’s description of this special announcement to the FBIAA Ways you can donate page. I hope you’ll give whatever you can afford to this worthy cause.
This year, we commemorate the 20th anniversary and pay tribute to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The FBIAA Charities need your assistance more than ever. Currently, the FBIAA Memorial College Fund supports over 50 children, 20 of them children of Agents who passed due to the attacks.
I pledge to continue to showcase the work of the FBI by encouraging retired and former agents to share their stories. I’m looking for case reviews, where we can have a conversation about an investigation you worked from the beginning allegation to the ending conviction and sentencing. I believe these case reviews, where agents candidly discuss the administrative struggles and personal sacrifices they made, are what show the public, better than anything else, who the FBI is and what the FBI does.
I also pledge to continue to use FBI Retired Case File Review as a recruiting tool to encourage listeners to apply for FBI jobs, especially the special agent position, and especially women and minorities. You’ve heard it many times, a law enforcement agency must reflect the community it serves and sadly, the FBI’s diversity numbers for agents is less than ideal. I include the “when and why did you join the FBI” section in every episode and a quick tally reveals that in most situations the new agent was personally recruited by another agent who recognized that they were excellent candidates. This podcast is my way of reaching thousands of potential applicants and showing them this is a career like no other.
With 5 million downloads and 239 interviews in the backlist, I want to thank the FBIAA for recognizing with the distinguished service award my work on my true crime and history podcast, FBI Retired Case File Review. I’m excited to continue sharing with you the amazing case reviews and stories of my FBI colleagues.
For more information about my FBI career and my books, blog and podcast, check out the About Me page.