John D. Wampler is a Consultant at Command Group. Mr. Wampler served for over thirty years as a protective security expert in the federal government. He began his career with the United States Secret Service (USSS) in 1983, before retiring to work at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, where he served for more than six years. Mr. Wampler played an instrumental role in the transformation of tactical operations training for the entire USSS while serving as the lead instructor for Special Operations as well as helped modernize the protective methodologies of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.
During his USSS career, Mr. Wampler’s posts included the Raleigh Resident Agency, New York Field Office, Former President Carter Protective Division, Presidential Protective Division, Secret Service Office of Training, Vice-Presidential Protective Division, and Denver Field Office. He would later take a 2nd tour on the Presidential Protective Division and serve the Secret Service Office of Investigations, where he retired in 2007 as Special Agent in Charge.
During his USSS career, Mr. Wampler held supervisory positions in investigations, protection, and training. He served for three years on the Counter Assault Team (CAT), progressing to Team Leader, and later to the position of CAT Instructor. He served as the investigations supervisor in the Denver Field Office, where he oversaw sixteen agents. Further, he represented the Service in contacts with state and local police departments, federal and state prosecutors, and the media. In the protection arena, Mr. Wampler served as Shift Leader on the Vice-Presidential Protective Division and as Assistant Special Agent in Charge on the Presidential Protective Division, where he also was responsible for the division’s training programs. Mr. Wampler’s final assignment was at the headquarters of the Office of Investigations, where he managed the budget for Service field offices and headquarters investigative divisions.
After retiring from the USSS, Mr. Wampler accepted a position at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), where he served in various leadership positions. The PFPA is charged with protecting the Pentagon and other designated Department of Defense (DoD) facilities in the National Capital Region as well as designated senior officials during overseas travel. As a Personal Security Advisor, Mr. Wampler provided guidance on security matters and served as the agent-in-charge on numerous overseas missions. In addition, he led policy development efforts in order to modernize the Pentagon Force Protection Agency in the post September 11th environment and bring the agency in line with the protective methodologies of the USSS. Mr. Wampler also led efforts to improve communication among DoD law enforcement agencies, including the Army CID, NCIS, Air Force OSI, and PFPA, in sharing information on protective intelligence cases.
Mr. Wampler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. Mr. Wampler worked in the private sector at Merck Chemical Company and Hershey Chocolate Company in Virginia prior to being given the opportunity, in 1983, to serve in federal law enforcement with the United States Secret Service.
Personal Security Advisor,
Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Special Agent in Charge,
Office of Investigations, United States Secret Services
Assistant Special Agent in Charge,
Presidential Protective Division, United States Secret Service
Vice-Presidential Protective Division, United States Secret Service
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