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  • 29 Oct 2019 3:24 PM | Christopher Huys (Administrator)

    Greetings! When they hear that I’m involved in the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, people often ask what it is that we do. And longtime inactive members may wonder what the same. Allow me to catch you up on our most recent activities.

    Since I last wrote you, we cosponsored our annual Civil Rights and the Law symposium. This year’s program focused on Hate Crimes and was held at the historic 16th St Baptist Church. As always, it is auspicious and moving to attend an event at 16th St, and this symposium was no exception. And since we are on the subject of senseless, hateful crimes, we were fully and deeply engaged when little Kamille McKinney was abducted from a birthday party in Birmingham. Our FBICAAA chapter coordinated with National leadership and the FBI’s local Employee Assistance Program and provided literally hundreds of hot meals and beverages to the Command Post, over the course of several days. We supported and fed as many as 50 FBI, BPD and JeffCo Sheriff’s Dept. personnel per shift, as they were investigating the 3-year-olds disappearance. And on Sunday, 10/20, we were specifically called upon by the Birmingham Police Department to conduct search parties in Huffman to look for the missing child. I personally led a squad of 24 on a grid search to scour a neighborhood, an apartment complex, and a wooded area, searching for clues or evidence related to the case.  Thanks to all our members who came out to help with the search, and special thanks to our partners at Infragard and to Jay Germann and his cohorts from the Chelsea Police Department, who also answered the call for assistance.

    On a brighter note, we had a very enjoyable evening last week in Birmingham, where we had an FBI After Dark event at Macaroni Grill. A good crowd attended, and we had social time with fellow members and some of their significant others; SAC Johnnie Sharp was gracious enough to join us and provide welcoming and introductory remarks, and then ASAC Todd Bobe presented a study of a case he worked in north Mississippi a few years ago, called “The Stupid Poisoner’s Handbook.” It was a wild ride.

    Presently? We have the Birmingham Fall Citizens Academy class about to graduate in 2 weeks – the Alumni Association will provide dinner and firm handshakes to all. And Paul Daymond is making final preparations for Range Day 2019. Details will be forthcoming shortly. And if you missed the FBI After Dark in Birmingham that we just held, you’ll have another chance coming up shortly – we’ll be announcing one for Huntsville very soon, so look for details.

    So…all in all, we’re busy and productive. But there needs to be more opportunities for our members to come to know one another better, and to socialize and network. So in that interest, know that in the immediate future, there will be an increased emphasis that – social educational, and service events to provide opportunities for our members to come together, so watch for announcements.

    All best wishes,

    Paul H. Franklin, President

    FBI Birmingham CAAA     


  • 07 Oct 2019 1:54 PM | Christopher Huys (Administrator)

    I hope this finds you all well and happy. Recently, I’ve been sitting in on the sessions of the current Fall 2019 Birmingham Citizens Academy class, acting as an “ambassador” for the Alumni Association, and it has been an eye-opener for me. The sessions have been interesting and the presenters excellent, as always, but I’ve been most struck by the class members themselves. What an attentive, enthusiastic, engaged group they are! Several have mentioned that they are looking forward to joining the Alumni Association and remaining active after their class graduates, and I strongly suspect that they will have an impact on our chapter.

    Their most outstanding characteristic is their enthusiasm – you get the sense the whole class is leaning forward in their chairs as they hear about the mission and methods of the FBI, as they are being brought into the “Circle of Trust,” as they learn the importance of the Bureau in keeping us safe, and of the opportunity we are given to act as “Force Magnifiers.” And witnessing this enthusiasm and their discoveries affects me, too. Coming to these classes on behalf of the Association – now for the, what, fourth or fifth time – gives me a new perspective. Far from being bored or jaded by hearing the presentations again in the company of the new class, I feel I’m vicariously experiencing the impact of this information for the first time. And it’s a powerful jolt. It makes me hyper-aware what an honor it is to be nominated, to be selected and to attend the classes; and now to be able to serve as an active part of the Alumni Association.

    Similarly, I was on a Regional Leadership Conference Call earlier today, and got to hear about some of the projects that are in the works nationally; but what raised my pulse was the chapter reports: hearing how much good work so many of our local chapters are accomplishing. Guys, I hate to tell you this, but some of the other chapters may be catching up to us. We may have to reach down and find another gear in order to stay ahead and remain the nation’s premiere FBICAAA chapter.  

    And we will. We have our Civil Rights and the Law conference dead ahead in Birmingham, followed closely by our participation in the National Night Out in Huntsville; and we hope you’ll join us for an FBI After Dark event in October (touted elsewhere in this newsletter). We are working on a similar event in Huntsville for November, so look for an announcement of that soon. And our newly-trained Bomb-Making Awareness Program administrators will be beginning to do training sessions aimed at teaching the public to detect and report attempts to acquire materials for explosive or incendiary devices. And stay tuned – soon we will be announcing the date, location, program and other important details of our chapter’s Annual Meeting, to be held in early December.

    Once again, thanks – for your support and for all that you do. I hope to see you soon.

    Paul H. Franklin, President

    FBI Birmingham CAAA

     


  • 28 Aug 2019 9:21 AM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    Several of us have just returned from the annual National Leadership Conference in Houston, so allow me to give the briefest of recaps, as it pertains to the FBI Birmingham CAAA. First, and most importantly to all of us, our chapter was recognized with the award that represents the highest level of attainment possible – the Chapter of Excellence. Congratulations to all who helped us reach this pinnacle. The award represents recognition for a great deal of hard work and dedication by many. And on the subject of recognition for superior efforts, four members of our chapter were awarded Gold Medals for “Outstanding Dedication and Service” – so congratulations to Bill Conway, Andrew Smith, and Don Lupo. Due to an apparent clerical error, I received that award, too. Seriously, it was a distinct honor to be so recognized. So again, kudos to all our recipients. Overall, the conference was interesting and involving – these gatherings are a virtual hive of activity, and filled with information. We always make excellent connections with our counterparts from across the nation, and this time was no exception.

    We are in something of a “breather” now, as we prepare for a busy Fall season for the chapter. Four of us – Tom Polk, Dr. Joe Popinski, TJ Knight, and I – are about to undergo DHS’s ‘Bomb-Making Awareness” program training, after which we will be conducting training for the public on recognizing attempts to secure IED materials; and the upcoming Citizens Academy class in Birmingham will commence on 9/17. We also have our annual “Civil Rights and the Law” events to be held in Birmingham the last week of September. Planning is just beginning for our Annual Meeting, and we hope to be announcing several more events in the very near future.

    As we prepare for the upcoming busy and involving seasons, I recall a Regional Conference Call of a couple of months ago. Bill Wade, our Region 4 Representative, called on the chapters to give a recap of what they have been up to over the last month and what they had immediately upcoming. One by one, the chapters reported, and many of the reports were followed by questions or comments. When he called for the FBI Birmingham CAAA report, I gave them the thumbnail sketch of our most recent activities. I finished and was met by a brief period of silence and then “wow’s.” Bill said; “You know, your last month would constitute a busy year for most chapters.” All this is to say we have set the bar very high, and we never want to take a step back from our levels of service and commitment. And that is how we look to our future.

    So please keep in touch. Follow us on Facebook, visit the web page, come to the events, but please continue to support your chapter in whatever way you can. I hope to see you soon.

    Paul H. Franklin, President                                                                                                                        

    FBI Birmingham CAAA

     


  • 01 Aug 2019 2:00 PM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    President’s Column – 08/19

    Pardon me if this is getting repetitious, but July has been quite a month of the FBI Birmingham CAAA. Fresh off the success of our co-hosting duties for the Active Shooter workshop “Protecting Houses of Worship” in Huntsville in June, we hosted the inaugural Sub-Regional Gathering, where our chapter was joined by members of the Nashville and Jackson (MS) chapters in Huntsville. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first such event for this or any FBI CAAA chapter, and it has garnered national interest. It was terrific to spend time with our local members and our many guests, and to tour and visit the FBI’s facilities “behind the gates” at Redstone Arsenal. More about this event elsewhere in the newsletter.

    On a more serious note, when Birmingham police officer Cullen Stafford was shot multiple times and seriously injured as he pursued a robbery suspect, our chapter stepped in to help. Through the Herculean efforts of our board member, Bill Conway (who has done magnificent work on this project), and Executive Director Sandy Mangold of the National FBI CAAA, we have handled meals for the officers of Birmingham’s West Precinct for the past week. Furthermore, upon learning that Officer Stafford was shot the day before his 36th birthday – and the day of his EOD date for the Birmingham Police – we’re working on plans to host a delayed birthday party -- complete with gifts, refreshments, and decorations -- for the officer, just as soon as he is healthy enough to enjoy it.

    And one more thing: I received official notice this week that our chapter has been selected as a Chapter of Excellence by National FBI CAAA. Our representatives will be called up to receive an award to that effect at the National Leadership Conference in Houston in mid-August. The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication, as well as the inspiration and innovation, that marks our chapter as among the finest in the nation. It is heartening and reassuring to receive such an honor; however, we should  resolve that any such awards or recognition we may receive should serve as landmarks in our history…but not campsites. We may be excellent, but we can and will be even better in the future.

    More good things are in the works, and I’ll provide details as they are available. However, in closing, allow me to note an area that needs improvement: we need more opportunities for our membership to get together. The turnout for our sub-regional gathering was excellent, and it pointed to the fact that when we present an opportunity, our members show up; and we have a great time together. We will address this need and we will do better. If you have suggestions for opportunities or occasions for us to gather, please let me know. Meanwhile, this (more open events for our members) will be an item that we will be visiting more aggressively in the coming months.


    Paul H. Franklin, President                                                                                      

    FBI CAAA Birmingham



  • 01 Mar 2019 8:56 AM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    As I write this, we are approaching the end of February and it has been a busy time for the board and our members. As our Spring events are rapidly approaching, please allow me to call your particular attention to a special few. First, we eagerly anticipate the new FBI Citizens Academy class that is slated to begin in Huntsville on the evening of March 12th. The first evening of class is always a special time – community leaders and opinion-makers coming together to learn about the mission and methods of the FBI, new acquaintances to make, and the opportunity to share with them about the Alumni Association. And of course we hope that a good percentage of this cohort joins with us and becomes a part of the CAA’s continuing efforts. A number of us will be on hand to provide a meal and a warm welcome to the new class.

    I have just received official word that the FBI Birmingham CAAA will co-sponsor an Active Shooter Preparedness workshop for houses of worship. The workshop will take place April 4th at Rosewood Hall in the Soho section of (Birmingham suburb) Homewood. This all-day presentation will be limited to 100 participants, and holds great promise for being very timely and useful. An official announcement will follow shortly, and we will be seeking volunteers to assist us.

    Additionally, there are two extremely special events that we are working to finalize, and I can tell you that I am excited about both. But unfortunately, I can’t yet provide details until the necessary final  arrangements and agreements have been made. The most I can say at this point is that one will take place in Huntsville and will feature educational and social aspects; the other will be in Birmingham and will be a heart-warming day of community service. Watch this space – we will be making announcements on both events soon. And you’ll want to register for both early, as they should fill up fast.

    The last item – The Washington, DC, trip. There are only a few signatory annual events in the life of our chapter, and chief among them is the absolutely perfect trip to HQ, Quantico, and other major sites in the Capitol, that Paul Daymond arranges each year. If you have been on one of these trips, you understand what I’m attempting to convey here. If not, let me tell you that this is a trip you’ll remember forever – a behind-the-scenes tour of  much of what makes the FBI and our government “tick.” A trip you could never hope to duplicate on your own. The dates are April 15-17. It’s easy to do and a perfect way to get to know your fellow alumni on a deeper level. We share this tour with the Jackson, MS, chapter, and I can commend them to you as being good companions. So please seriously consider joining Paul Daymond on this trip.

    I’ll close now by thanking you for your continued interest and attention. Please be in touch.

    Paul H. Franklin, President                                                                                        FBICAAA                                                        


  • 01 Feb 2019 9:30 AM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    As I prepared to write this column, I had occasion to ponder the purpose – the necessity – of my writing a monthly missive. And it occurred to me that, rather than dealing with the hard and fast – the dates and times and other specifics of the month just past and the one to come – my charge is more along the lines of telling you about the intangibles and the results of our efforts, things we’re working on, and items we’re excited about.

    So let me begin this month’s notes by advising you that our chapter is in exception ally good shape. We have attained a record for active, enrolled members, with still more renewals arriving regularly. If you haven’t yet renewed for 2019, please do so now. You are needed and wanted. And another unprecedented success: we just held a “Chasing the Dragon” event at Huntsville High School on 1/24. We had over 209 pre-registered to attend in-person, and thanks to FBICAAA member and WAFF News anchor Liz Hurley, the event was live-streamed on WAFF and on Facebook. Early results indicate that over 9000 followed the event live through those methods. Let’s sum it up this way: great job by Ginger Ory, by all our many FBICAAA volunteers, by the panel (including our ASAC, Todd Bobe), and of course by Liz Hurley. Phenomenal results.

    So, what’s on the horizon? We expect a fund-raising event at a local restaurant in Birmingham in February. Details should be available soon. We are in the early stages of planning for a recurring FBI Day at Children’s Hospital in early Spring. We are working with Paul Daymond to offer Refresher Training for our FBI Citizens Academy graduates, to present updated information to those graduates who attended classes several years ago. Expect an announcement of a Range Day-type event in Huntsville in the very near future. I could go on…

    Now back to you. What we need from you is this: involvement. You were nominated to attend the Academy because of your talents and abilities. You learned about the Bureau’s mission and the Alumni Association’s efforts. To do what we do, we have several committees, many connections, which create many opportunities for public service. So please, when we have public events – attend. Network. Join in. And when opportunities for service arise – join in. We are nothing without you. But with you? There is nothing we can’t accomplish. We look forward to seeing you soon.


  • 01 Feb 2019 8:59 AM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    As I prepared to write this column, I had occasion to ponder the purpose – the necessity – of my writing a monthly missive. And it occurred to me that, rather than dealing with the hard and fast – the dates and times and other specifics of the month just past and the one to come – my charge is more along the lines of telling you about the intangibles and the results of our efforts, things we’re working on, and items we’re excited about.

    So let me begin this month’s notes by advising you that our chapter is in exception ally good shape. We have attained a record for active, enrolled members, with still more renewals arriving regularly. If you haven’t yet renewed for 2019, please do so now. You are needed and wanted. And another unprecedented success: we just held a “Chasing the Dragon” event at Huntsville High School on 1/24. We had over 209 pre-registered to attend in-person, and thanks to FBICAAA member and WAFF News anchor Liz Hurley, the event was live-streamed on WAFF and on Facebook. Early results indicate that over 9000 followed the event live through those methods. Let’s sum it up this way: great job by Ginger Ory, by all our many FBICAAA volunteers, by the panel (including our ASAC, Todd Bobe), and of course by Liz Hurley. Phenomenal results.

    So, what’s on the horizon? We expect a fund-raising event at a local restaurant in Birmingham in February. Details should be available soon. We are in the early stages of planning for a recurring FBI Day at Children’s Hospital in early Spring. We are working with Paul Daymond to offer Refresher Training for our FBI Citizens Academy graduates, to present updated information to those graduates who attended classes several years ago. Expect an announcement of a Range Day-type event in Huntsville in the very near future. I could go on…

    Now back to you. What we need from you is this: involvement. You were nominated to attend the Academy because of your talents and abilities. You learned about the Bureau’s mission and the Alumni Association’s efforts. To do what we do, we have several committees, many connections, which create many opportunities for public service. So please, when we have public events – attend. Network. Join in. And when opportunities for service arise – join in. We are nothing without you. But with you? There is nothing we can’t accomplish. We look forward to seeing you soon.


  • 13 Feb 2017 9:27 PM | Ginger Ory (Administrator)

    Greetings Fellow Alumni,

    I know I speak for our entire Board of Directors when I say we are very excited about the opportunities 2017 holds for our organization.  Thank you in advance for your commitment to the success of our chapter.  While we are still putting final touches on the calendar, I wanted to share the events we already have on the calendar for 2017:

    • Monthly Board Meetings (the 3rd Tuesday of each month)
    • March, May, August and November meetings will be held in Huntsville

    All other meetings will be held in Birmingham

    All members are welcome at our board meetings

    •        Partnership with Hazardous Devices School

    Members in good standing have the opportunity to engage with the Hazardous Devices School from March through September 2017 by participating in a training session

    Please call me for more details if you are interested in volunteering for this unique opportunity!

    We started with 42 opportunities to serve and currently have 6 opportunities still available

    •        Chasing the Dragon Presentation
    • This documentary was produced by the FBI on the growing opioid epidemic

    Subject matter experts will be on hand to discuss the issue after the film is shown

    • Birmingham event will be held at Boutwell Auditorium on March 6th from 930am-Noon

    FREE and open to the public however reservations required through Event Brite

    • Huntsville event date and time TBD (will be in the evening)
    •         Quarterly After-Dark Events

    These evening events allow us to socialize as a group and interact with SAC Stanton

    • We are planning at least two Huntsville and two Birmingham events

    The first will be at the March 18th Huntsville Havoc game  http://huntsvillehavoc.com/view/huntsvillehavoc/

    •   Discounted $11 per person reserved seats - Alumni and Family are welcome
    •   Time for pre-game social and any other pre-game activities to be announced   soon
    •   700 pm game starts
    •   Stay tuned for Event Brite invitation
    •      Huntsville Citizens Academy
    • Classes begin March 21st and graduation is May 16th
    • We welcome all Alumni to come and make the class feel welcome
    • Also, we will need food and drink donations for opening night
    •       Active Shooter Workshop Conducted by Department of Homeland Security
    • Wednesday March 22nd – all day event
    • Discovery Center III, 655 Discovery Drive, Huntsville
    • Open to the public by reservations required
    • Co-sponsored by FBICAAA and InfraGard
    •         CAFY (Community Action For Youth)
    • July 29th - Huntsville Jaycee’s Building - Volunteers needed to staff FBICAAA booth
    •        National Night Out
    • October 3rd at Huntsville Jaycee’s Building - Volunteers needed to staff FBICAAA booth
    • Birmingham event date TBD
    • Annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships
    •         Range Day in Fall 2017 - Birmingham
    • Open to all Members in good standing
    • SWAT Team Demonstration
    • Bomb Demonstration with Bomb Techs
    • Joint event with InfraGard
    •        Tour of FBI Hazardous Devices School in the Fall of 2017
    • Many of our alumni will have had first-hand experience about what goes on at HDS
    • Please consider supporting the FBI through volunteering to role-play in an HDS training session
    •        Annual Quantico Trip
    • October 23rd – 27th
    • Travelling with Alumni from Milwaukee Chapter this year
    • Maximum 20 Attendees (Alumni in good standing and one Guest only for HQ and Quantico portions)
    • Registration to open soon
    • Interpol is once again among the organizations being toured

    Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions related to our Chapter.  I welcome your feedback and participation.

    Jonathan Kirby

    President - Birmingham FBICAAA

    jkirby@redfcu.org

    256-722-3514 (o)

    256-539-8783 (c) 


  • 11 Nov 2013 6:30 AM | Anonymous

    Andrew Smith
    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    Today is Veterans Day, November 11th. Today is a day our Nation holds dear and celebrates with pride because of those it shines the light on - our Armed Forces. We are privileged to possess the freedoms we do because of those who currently serve and those who have served. Their selfless sacrifice, commitment, and dedication is an inspiration, one which is truly and rightly called our Nations' blood and treasure. We recognize and thank them. We also thank the families who lend to us their very own. Let us use today to thank our veterans and our military and show our appreciation and support. God Bless America and God Bless our Military. 

    2013 is fast coming to a close! October was a busy month for your FBICAAA Chapter. Two major events took place, both with tremendous member involvement. On October 1 through October 4, your Chapter partnered with the FBICAAA Honolulu Chapter to travel to Quantico VA to visit FBI Headquarters as well as the FBI training facility in Quantico VA. Our Chapter fielded the maximum number of participants, selling out the slots available. Interest was so strong there was a waiting list.  st. The good news was that Honolulu ended up with a few extra spaces allowing all desiring Birmingham FBICAAA Chapter members the opportunity to go on the trip. Although Quantico was closed due to the government shutdown occurring during the time of their visit, the FBI and other governmental agencies that were operating were gracious hosts.

    The second event, Range Day, was held on Tuesday October 29. This annual event is one of our  most popular Chapter events. The day was marked by perfect weather, 17 alumni members, 2 retired agents, 16 members of the media (print and TV), and numerous FBI personnel. SAC Schwein was on site for the entire morning. Our Chapter provided lunch for all attendees featuring baked chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, and some sweets for dessert. The day was a huge success as always. I thank the FBI Birmingham Field Office for providing the weaponry and the ammunition. A more detailed account of Range Day soon will be available on our website at fbicaaa-bham.org.

    So what's next? The first upcoming event is the graduation of the 2013 Birmingham FBICAAA academy. Graduation is scheduled for Tuesday December 10th. Any alumni wishing to attend the graduation are welcome. Call me to make sure your name gets on the list. My cell phone is 205-482-6594.

    The next and final event of the year will be our annual meeting. This is an important meeting as we all meet in one place to report to you, the alumni, what your Chapter has done. In addition, it is the time when you and I, as alumni, vote on submitted names for Board seats for 2014. This is an important meeting and one I encourage you to attend.

    It has been a great year for your Chapter. Our Chapter depends on involvement from you and all alumni. I welcome your involvement and thoughts and serve at your pleasure. Take an interest, become involved, and I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting of the FBI Birmingham CAAA.

    S
    tay alert, stay informed, stay vigilant.

    Your President,
    Andrew Smith

  • 04 Jul 2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Fellow Alumni,

    Andrew Smith

    We have reached our half way point through the year and although we have been busy over the past six months the coming six months is shaping up to be a hive of activity. Before I begin I want to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July!

    Fourth of July:
    The Fourth of July is a seminal moment in our nation’s history. The holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain.

    This Declaration of Independence was precipitated by the legal separation of the original thirteen colonies from Great Britain which occurred on July 2, 1776. Once the resolution of independence had been proposed and voted on, the Congress then devoted itself to the Declaration of Independence which explained their decision. The wording of The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776.

    John Adams, a Founding Father of the Untied States, wrote to his wife Abigail the following in a letter on July 3, 1776:

    The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

    Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress. And this is why we celebrate the Fourth of July as we do, with fireworks, patriotic events, and all manner of pomp. What a great country we are privileged to live in.

    LEO Golf Tournament:
    After much discussion and input from your Board of Directors, the decision has been made to cancel the LEO Golf Tournament scheduled for September 16th of this year. This event was to raise money for an extremely worthwhile cause, the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund as well as being a fund raiser for the FBICAAA. However, it proved to be a daunting task in coordination, logistics, securing sponsors and timing. A gallant effort was undertaken by many but with budget cuts, sequestration, and a soft economy, coupled by our alumni leaders having to drive the coordination while working full time jobs, the Board determined if we were going to do this we were going to do it right. As a result, we felt we could not represent the Alumni at the level we wanted with these headwinds in our face. Having said that, we will redirect our energies to those events that further the mission of the FBI and serve our Alumni.

    FBI After Dark:
    The good news is I have been coordinating with Paul Daymond to schedule an After Dark event with SAC Schwein. Although a date has not been scheduled, I do know it will be held in the early part of August on either a Tuesday or a Thursday. Times and venue have yet to be determined but when I do know I will put it on our website. The topic to be discussed will be recent events relative to the NSA and/or the IRS. Be sure not to miss this informative event. This event will be held in Birmingham however, I have asked Paul to see if SAC Schwein’s schedule can accommodate a similar event in the Huntsville area in the near future.

    Range Day:
    The day we as an Alumni live for!! We have a date! Range day will be Thursday, October 29th at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s range facilities. The FBI will be providing the ammunition and will bring their weaponry. This is a must attend event and we as an Alumni are privileged to have this opportunity. Our responsibility will be food and refreshments so be thinking of how you can help in that regard. This event will be attended by the local Birmingham media, focusing on the FBI so wear something nice in case you get caught on camera!

    Thank you to all the alumni, the Board, and all the volunteers for a great year so far. I am looking forward to our upcoming events and joining with you in furthering the mission of the FBI in our communities.

    Stay alert, stay informed, stay vigilant.

    Your President,
    Andrew Smith 

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