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Bio: Eric Stocky

Eric C. Stocky retired from the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) as a Supervisory Special Agent after 23 years of service.  Mr. Stocky’s distinguished career conducting investigations and protection operations, both in the United States and abroad, has branded him a subject matter expert in these fields.

Mr. Stocky’s investigative expertise spans identity, passport, and visa fraud investigations as well as protective intelligence and terrorism investigations.  In roles from shift agent to Agent in Charge of one of Diplomatic Security’s largest protection details, Mr. Stocky’s breadth of knowledge, skills, and experience were honed through conducting protection operations under peace and wartime conditions.

While serving a tour in DSS’s Mobile Security Division, Mr. Stocky trained with federal and military tactical units to develop counterterrorism skills and tactics he applied throughout the world in high threat protective operations and while teaching detecting and responding to attack situations. During his DSS career, Mr. Stocky served at several embassies as Regional Security Officer responsible for all security and law enforcement programs at the diplomatic mission. 

He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (FBINA) in Quantico, Virginia and the International Security Management Association Leadership Program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

In addition to his career as a Special Agent, Mr. Stocky has served as a Military Attaché, Human Intelligence Officer, and Intelligence Officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve serving tours in the Horn of Africa, North Africa, and Iraq.

A seasoned domestic criminal investigator, Mr. Stocky has conducted over 200 criminal investigations involving passport, visa, and identity fraud.  Mr. Stocky’s investigative assignments include the Washington Field Office, where he served three tours, the third tour as a Unit Supervisor leading 14 Special Agents, and supervising undercover operations and maintaining undercover funds for the entire office. Mr. Stocky served on the U.S. Secret Service Alien Fraud Task Force in Washington, D.C., a task force comprised of seven other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  The task force investigated international criminal activity focusing on alien criminal activity conducted in the U.S.  During this tour he conducted passport and visa fraud investigations that uncovered drug dealing operations, mortgage fraud, credit card fraud, and bank fraud cases that were successfully prosecuted.  While serving in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Stocky assisted the Trinidadian Police Service with investigating the murder of a U.S. Citizen.

Mr. Stocky also served as Resident Agent in Charge of the Greensboro North Carolina Resident Office where he opened the office and supervised all criminal investigations in North Carolina.  Mr. Stocky served as lead agent for Diplomatic Security during Operation Smokescreen, an Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigation that took down a Hezbollah terrorist cell in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Operation Smokescreen case is the first conviction for the violation of federal code 2339B, “Providing material support or resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations”.

Mr. Stocky’s last tour with DSS was as Division Chief for Protective Intelligence and Investigation.  There, he established protective intelligence protocols and Standard Operating Procedures for PII support of dignitary protection operations, developed an advanced training regimen for Special Agents assigned to the division providing them with advanced firearm and tactical training, suicide bomber identification and interdiction, and established cyber-threat investigations protocols.  Planned Protective Intelligence Operations during the 2009 United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York City with the U.S. Secret Service and supervised Diplomatic Security Special Agent activities detecting and investigating suspicious activity.  Mr. Stocky also lead a team investigating the 2009 attack on Ambassador Hill’s’ motorcade in Dhi Qar, Iraq.  In addition to the achievements above, Mr. Stocky embed with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service during the 2008 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, tracking and investigating terrorist threats.
Mr. Stocky participated in over one hundred protection details across the United States and overseas during his career with the DSS.  Mr. Stocky’s protection experience began with working a high threat visit by Secretary of State George Schultz to war torn El Salvador and concluded as Special Agent in Charge of the largest protection detail DSS ever undertook, the protection of former President of Iran Khatami during his 2008 two week visit to the United States. This dignitary’s visit was highly controversial and extensive federal, state and local law enforcement personnel to include aviation support, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, and K-9 support was required and coordinated by Mr. Stocky.  Diplomatic Security utilized over 100 Special Agents in addition to over 100 support law enforcement personnel during this visit.  Other notable protection assignments include: large critical threat details for Nelson Mandela and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, high threat details for Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari and Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and medium to low threat details for Queen Noor of Jordon and Princess Diana of England.  In 2004, Mr. Stocky was selected to be part of a team to protect President Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan.  Mr. Stocky held the positions of Shift Leader, Intelligence Officer, and Agent in Charge of Integration of the Afghan Presidential Protection Service into the existing protective detail.  Mr. Stocky also coordinated and provided security for Speaker of the House Hastert during Congressional Delegation visits to South America and Southeast Asia.
While a member of the Diplomatic Security Service’s Mobile Security Division, an Emergency Response Team with advanced tactical training and equipment, a unit tasked with responding globally to terrorist threats and training.  Mr. Stocky provided counterterrorism training to U.S. personnel at high and critical threat overseas posts and protection training to foreign government security personnel.  Mr. Stocky became a certified instructor in anti-terrorism driving, surveillance detection, personal protective measures, PR-24, pressure point control techniques, and weapons.  He also received training in post-blast investigations and “high threat” protection operations, which he applied while performing protection operations in critical/combative environments such as: Somalia for U.S. Ambassador Robert Oakley, Special Envoy to Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina for U.S. Ambassador Victor Jackovich, Special Envoy. and  Afghanistan for Afghan President Hamid Karzai  where Mr. Stocky served as Shift Leader and Agent in Charge of Integration of the Afghan Presidential Protection Service’s assimilation into the U.S. protective detail.

Mr. Stocky served overseas as Assistant Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and temporary RSO at the embassies in Conakry Guinea and Bamako Mali, where he was responsible for residential, personnel, and physical security programs as well as counterintelligence and counterterrorism programs.

Civilian Commendations and Awards

  • Superior Honor Award (3)
  • Meritorious Honor Award (2)
  • Franklin Award
  • Group Superior Honor Award
  • Group Meritorious Honor Award
  • 2004 Service to America Medal Finalist

Military Commendations and Awards

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3)
  • Global War on Terrorism Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal

Throughout his career with the Diplomatic Security Service, Mr. Stocky maintained his military affiliation with the U.S. Marine Corps as a reservist, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Stocky is a career Intelligence Officer being recalled for active duty and serving as the Deputy J2X with the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, Commander of the Iraqi Military Training Academy in Taji, Iraq, Military Attaché in Tunisia, and Counterterrorism Issue Manager for the Horn of Africa.

  • Strategic Debriefer Course
  • Reserve Component Natl. Security Course
  • Joint CI Staff Officer Course
  • CI Support to Force Protection Course
  • MAGTF Intelligence Officers
  • CI Officer

Bio: Nancy

Nancy has over 20 years of experience working as a police officer with a large county police department in the state of New York.  During her tenure there, she served in numerous capacities to include a patrol officer, undercover narcotics investigator, field training officer, and plain clothes detective.  Her awards include the Congressional Certificate of Merit, Lifesaving Award and was recognized three times with the Excellent Police Duty Award.  In addition to her police certification, she was certified as an EMT/First Responder.  Since her honorable retirement, Nancy has conducted executive protection for high profile members of a Clearwater organization and conducted threat investigations and surveillance related to that mission.

  • Police Officer
    • Patrol Officer
    • Undercover Narcotics Investigator
    • Field Training Officer
    • Plain Clothes Detective
  • EMT/First Responder
  • Executive Protection
  • Threat Investigations
  • Surveillance
  • Congressional Certificate of Merit
  • Livesaving Award
  • Recognized 3 times with the Excellent Police Duty Award

Bio: Evelyn

Evelyn has over 10 years’ experience in private sector security and 30 years of business management with two Fortune 500 companies.  She acquired extensive experience mitigating the firm’s risks and protecting assets, people, property and information in the most cost effective way possible.  In addition, she was responsible for the implementation of the firm’s global business continuity initiative which built resiliency for the firm.  As mentioned above, Evelyn has extensive business experience.  For 30 years Evelyn worked her way up to managing the mortgage division for J. P. Morgan, a multinational banking and financial services holding company. Or the largest bank in the U.S.???!!!

  • Private Security
  • Business Management

Bio: John

John is a retired State Trooper is now an Executive & Close Protection Specialist. Prior to his retirement, John was a Technical Emergency and Missions Specialist (TEAMS) with the State Police. During his career, he trained in many facets of both Law Enforcement and Military Operations with such organizations as the Navy Seals Ops team, US Army Special Forces, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).  While a State Trooper, John applied all these skills he acquired from these agencies while serving on the Governor’s Executive Protection detail.  John is currently the lead instructor for specialized training in Close Protection Operations, a certified C2-Taser Instructor and a certified NRA Instructor.

  • State Trooper
  • Executive & Close Protection Specialist
  • Technical Emergency & Missions Specialist
  • Instructor: Close Protection Operations
  • Instructor: C2-Taser
  • Instructor: NRA
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military Operations
    • Navy Seals Ops Team
    • US Army Special Forces
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations
    • Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms