John F. Wagner
Executive Assistant Director for Pacific Operations
Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Special Agent John F. Wagner was selected as the Executive Assistant Director, Pacific Operations, and promoted to the Senior Executive Service in December 2012.
Special Agent Wagner was born in Inglewood, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy Analysis from Georgetown University. He is married and has three children.
Special Agent Wagner began his career with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 1989 after working with the Hughes Aircraft Company, Los Angeles, CA. Special Agent Wagner’s first assignment was at the Long Beach, California Resident Agency. He has served in a variety of organizational assignments and mission areas, both within the United States and overseas, including two High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task forces prior to becoming a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA). He was assigned to the HIDTA Los Angeles, CA, Joint Drug Intelligence Group (1992-1993). He was then assigned to an enforcement group at the Puerto Rico – US Virgin Islands HIDTA Task Force in Fajardo, Puerto Rico (1996-1999). He completed two SSA assignments at the NCIS Resident Agencies at Camp Pendleton, CA (1999-2002), and Guam, Marianas Islands (2002-2003). From 2003-2008, he served as the Resident Agent in Charge of the Force Protection Detachment, US Embassy Panama, where he provided counterintelligence support to force protection of all transiting Department of Defense assets and personnel in and through Panama. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, from August 2007 to January 2008, where he served as the Deputy Director of the Multi-National Forces Iraq Strategic Counterintelligence Directorate.
In 2008, he was promoted to GS-15 and assigned to NCIS Headquarters as the Deputy Assistant Director for Criminal Investigations and Operations. He was responsible for programmatic oversight of all criminal investigations, operations, and transnational crimes initiatives within NCIS. He developed the concept of operations for the NCIS counter piracy and counter-transnational organized crime programs. He served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington DC Field Office from 2010 – 2012 where he was responsible for counterintelligence, counterterrorism, economic crimes, and general criminal investigations and operations in the national capital region.
Special Agent Wagner has received numerous awards and honors, including the International Narcotics Officer Association Agency Award. He was a recipient of the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Medal, and the NCIS Expeditionary Medal. His professional affiliations include the California Narcotics Officers Association (lifetime member).