Frank has over twenty-five years of international experience providing personal protection, intelligence gathering, counterterrorism operations, surveillance detection, threat analysis, and security training in both the private security sector and the US military.
Mr. Gallagher is a US Marine, having served from 1978 to 1982. During this period he was a member of 2d Reconnaissance Battalion. His experience as a special warfare operator included duties such as intelligence gathering, dive operations, surveillance detection, close quarters battle (CQB), small unit tactics, and training.
After leaving the Corps, he served as the director of security for former US Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger. In that role Mr. Gallagher was responsible for the public and private, domestic and international safety and security of Dr. and Mrs. Kissinger. He coordinated the Kissingers’ travel plans in liaison with local, federal, and international law-enforcement officials. He was also responsible for the security of multiple offices and residences, as well as the recruiting and training of members of the PSD.
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Mr. Gallagher’s most memorable assignment was as the agent-in-charge (AIC) of Ambassador L. Paul Bremer’s security detail in Iraq, where he was responsible for the day-to-day safety and security of the presidential envoy who had been tasked with overseeing the rebuilding of the country. Mr. Gallagher designed and supervised the motorcade operations, CAT operations, foot formations, surveillance detection, and helicopter support procedures that helped make the mission a success.
After the Bremer detail, Frank served Blackwater Security as the lead instructor for its protective service details (PSD) portion of the State Department’s Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) High-Threat Protection training program.
Frank Gallagher returned to Iraq in September 2004 and worked for the Counterterrorism Special Operations Forces under DOD as the deputy program manager for the Bureau of Diplomatic Protection responsible for training the Iraqi PSD teams now protecting Iraq’s leadership.
In 2006 he worked for the US Department of State’s Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program where he trained foreign protection agents in VIP protection and taught VIPP-TST (tactical support team) courses. He also helped to rewrite the Protecting National Leaders (PNL) course and is recognized by the US Department of State as an expert on this subject matter.
Frank is currently the Executive Vice President of Amyntor Group, LLC, an international security services and consulting firm serving government, corporate, and VIP clients.
John M. Del Vecchio is the author of the bestselling The 13th Valley, along with other books on the war in Southeast Asia and on the veteran homecoming experience. He was drafted in 1969 shortly after graduating from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 1970 he volunteered for Vietnam where he served as a combat correspondent for the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). In 1971 he was awarded a Bronze Star for Heroism in Ground Combat. His books in addition to The 13th Valleyinclude For the Sake of All Living Things, Carry Me Home, and Darkness Falls. The 13th Valley was a million-plus-copy bestseller about which the New York Times book review said, “There have been a number of excellent books about Vietnam, but none has managed to communicate in such detail the day-to-day pain, discomfort, frustration and exhilaration of the American military experience in Vietnam.” Del Vecchio’s books have been translated into four languages and published worldwide.
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August 6, 2014