ATF Stories

Vaughn Smith, ATF Black History Month Employee Spotlight
Vaughn Smith, a program manager in the Diversity and Career Impact program within ATF’s Human Resources and Professional Development Branch, views his job as expanding on his family’s legacy. Growing up in New Orleans, Smith gained an appreciation for the importance of diversity and inclusion from his father, who shared stories about his role as a civil rights activist in the Crescent City as part of the larger Civil Rights Movement. Smith sees his own job with ATF as a way of carrying the baton for the next generation. As a young man, Smith decided to study psychology at Dillard University... Read more about A Family Legacy of Championing Diversity
Special Agent Justin Jacobs with President Donald Trump
Special Agent Justin Jacobs started his career as a police officer in Greensboro, North Carolina, close to his hometown of Pembroke. His career in law enforcement grew out of his interest to learn more about his local community. He would patrol small towns riddled with crime and poverty, much like where he grew up. Jacobs decided to pursue a career with ATF in order to support the community-oriented policing efforts that make such a difference in these areas. He joined ATF a little over a year ago, where he and his colleagues in the Richmond Field Office work closely with local law... Read more about Justin Jacobs on Finding His Lumbee Tribal Heritage
Nena Fisher
Nena Fisher serves as an ATF industry operations investigator (IOI), currently working in the Indianapolis Field Office as an area supervisor. She manages a team of 10 IOIs responsible for ensuring that businesses in the firearms and explosives industry are following federal regulations. She takes her role as a leader seriously because IOIs are crucial to ATF’s regulatory mission and help to reduce violent crime by supporting legal ownership and use of firearms and explosives. Fisher is a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, and a descendant of the Cheyenne and Choctaw Nations.... Read more about Nena Fisher: Dedication to the ATF Mission and Iowa Tribe
Carol Kelley sits at her desk in ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Carol Kelley sits at her desk in ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC. My name is Carol Kelley and I live with a vision disability. I work as a program analyst in ATF’s Budgetary Operations Branch which falls under the Asset Forfeiture and Seized Property Division. ATF has the authority to seize and forfeit firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco and other assets used in criminal activity under the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture authority. My Division covers the removal of earnings through crime and other assets used by criminals to support their... Read more about Employee Spotlight: Carol Kelley
Shannon Simpson in her Navy uniform
My name is Shannon Simpson, and I am a management analyst in ATF’s Human Resources Operations Division. I oversee the administration of ATF’s Drug-Free Workplace Program and assist with our Wellness Program, which supports the physical, mental and emotional health of all ATF employees. Before joining ATF, I served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman in 2007. It was a very challenging but rewarding experience. I love that my current job at ATF lets me apply the health care and compliance skills I learned in the Navy. When I enlisted in 1987, I wanted to be... Read more about Employee Spotlight: Meet Shannon Simpson
Mayela J. and NeKeisha P. discuss ATF's En Espanol site in front of audience at Drupal GovCon
In July 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) accomplished something not many other federal agencies have: creating a Spanish language micro-version of its website, “This has been in the making for a long time, and I’m so proud of this team’s efforts,” said Brian Nickey, chief of ATF’s Digital Media Division (DMD). Why did ATF need to add a second language to the site? Issued in 2000, Executive Order 13166 requires organizations that receive federal funding to make their services accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. ATF chose... Read more about ATF en Español: Web Team Launches Public Spanish Site
Image of law enforcement carrying team members during training.
More than 25 law enforcement officers held a training exercise with HealthNet Aeromedical Services, a critical care transport agency, in Buckhannon yesterday, preparing for a worst-case scenario – treating and evacuating a critically-injured fellow officer. The exercise, hosted by the Buckhannon Police Department, also included Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) special agents, deputy U.S. Marshals, and Upshur County sheriff’s deputies.   “Many of our operations happen in remote areas, and a wounded agent or officer might take an hour or more to reach a trauma center... Read more about Local, federal officers train to provide care under fire
Image of Ariel Rios holding a seized firearm.
On December 2nd, ATF national headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will officially carry the name of Special Agent Ariel Rios.  Rios was killed in the line of duty the same day a little more than three decades ago.   On Dec. 2, 1982, Rios and his partner Special Agent Alex D’Atri were negotiating a large cocaine deal, known as an undercover buy and bust operation, from drug traffickers at the Hurricane Motel in Little Havana on West Flagler Street in Central Miami.   Special Agent Rios was a member of the Vice President’s Task Force on South Florida Crime during the early-1980s at a... Read more about ATF headquarters named after fallen agent
Detroit One Partnership Making a Difference
Bounty Hunter Bloods Gang Members Wake Up to Find Bad Dream is Real ATF’s Detroit Field Division joined forces with the Detroit PD, along with other federal and local partners, to take a violent offender and his crew off the streets of Detroit through the Detroit One initiative. Twenty-seven year old Ramiah Jefferson a/k/a “Nightmare,” didn’t wake up fast enough and is now serving 30 years in federal prison for terrorizing a community.  Jefferson, the leader of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, was convicted in August for racketeering conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime... Read more about Detroit One Partnership Making a Difference
Gang Members Who Shot Up Mother’s Day Parade Get Life
Shootings, drugs, gang violence. It’s in the news a lot these days…most every day, in some fashion. What isn’t seen every day, what doesn’t usually make breaking news is when justice is delivered and the shooters are taken off the streets. Three years ago, on a sunny afternoon in New Orleans, a Mother’s Day celebration turned violent when shots rang out leaving 20 people injured. A parade was underway in the 7th Ward in New Orleans. The gun play? It was all about control over turf, drugs, and the Frenchmen/Derbigny, also known as the FnD gang. On Tuesday, Travis Scott, aka “Trap,” aka “Slim... Read more about Gang Members Who Shot Up Mother’s Day Parade Get Life
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