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May 18th @ GGBC: VERY Special Guest: FBI Agent ASAC, Bertram R. Fairries (RET) "GOING DARK"


In June 1990, Bertram R. Fairries entered new Agents Class at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.  After graduating from the Academy, he was appointed as a special agent and was assigned to the New York Office of the FBI.  While in New York, he investigated violent crimes matters, including kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children matters and bank robberies.  In addition, Mr. Fairries handled investigations involving illegal drugs, organized crime, and conducted background investigations of Department of Justice employees and White House appointees.   As an Operator on the New York SWAT Team, he deployed to Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es salaam, Tanzania following the simultaneous bombings of the U.S. Embassies in 1998.   In 2001, as a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor and Police Instructor, he taught basic police training to the Nigerian National Police in Lagos, Nigeria.   In 1998, Mr. Fairries become a certified undercover (UC) agent, and one of many assignments included a 12-month UC assignment as a banker/financier to a major Harlem, New York drug trafficking organization.

            In June 2001, Mr. Fairries was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent and was transferred to FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ) in Washington, DC, where he was assigned to the Strategic Information Operations Center (SIOC).  SIOC is the FBI’s 24/7 command post, capable of carrying out a full range of crisis management functions, simultaneously, with agents,  and other law enforcements agencies anywhere in the world.  While assigned there, he served as Duty Agent and Watch Commander during several major FBI crises requiring national command post activation, including the events of September 11, 2001, and the Beltway Sniper Investigation.

            In August 2003, Mr. Fairries transferred to the Seattle Division of the FBI, as a field supervisor.  In this capacity, Mr. Fairries was responsible for Violent Crimes, Gang/Criminal Enterprise and Organized Crime investigations for the Seattle/King County Metropolitan area.  He also served as Program Coordinator for these programs for the entire state of Washington.  In addition, Mr. Fairries served as the Division’s SWAT Coordinator, Crisis Manager and Victim Witness Program Coordinator at various periods of time.  For approximately six months during 2008, Mr. Fairries was acting Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC), responsible for all FBI criminal investigations and operations for the state of Washington.

From September through December 2008, Mr. Fairries was acting Legal Attaché, assigned to the U.S. Embassy, Freetown, Sierra Leone.  His territorial responsibility included the African countries of Sierra Leone and Liberia.

            From January 2009 through June 2014, Mr. Fairries held several key positions at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.  These positions included assignment to the Safe Streets Gang Unit, Gang/Criminal Enterprise Section, as a program manager; Assistant Section Chief, as well as acting Section Chief, of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Section (DTOS); Assistant Inspector in the Office of Inspection/Inspection Division, and Assistant Section Chief in the Strategic Operations Section/Counterterrorism Division.

            In June 2014, Mr. Fairries was selected as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the San Francisco Division of the FBI, servicing briefly as ASAC of the Division’s Administrative Branch, before becoming the Division’s Criminal ASAC in October 2014.  As ASAC of Criminal Branch 2, Mr. Fairries has responsibility for all violent crime investigations for the division, to include targeting violent gangs and other criminal enterprises, crimes against children (including online predators), fugitive investigations, serial killings, kidnapping, murder for hire, bank robberies, and special crimes such as the carriage of weapons on aircraft and crime on the high seas.  Mr. Fairries also has management responsibility for the Division’s SWAT Team, Evidence Response Team (ERT), Firearms Program and Training Program.

            Mr. Fairries holds Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alabama, where he majored in accounting and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University in Washington, DC.

            Mr. Fairries lives in San Francisco and is the proud owner of two Boxers, named Cleo and Otis. 


  • May 25: Bay Area Trivia Challenge #5
  • Jun 1: Jeremiah Pauley, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Jun 8: Kaushik Roy, Shanti Project "Aging with HIV/AIDS"
  • Jun 11: Annual Dick Pohli Bocce Tournament- Marin Bocce Federation
  • Jun 15: No Meeting
  • Jun 17: OFFSITE Berkeley City Club Interclub Meeting
  • Jun 22: OFFSITE SF Boys and Girls Club
  • Jun 29: Bay Area Trivia Challenge #6