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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Joseph G.
Green (202) 927-8500

FY 04-03

December 9, 2003

Buckles Ends Tenure At ATF

Retiring After
30-Year Career

WASHINGTON--Bradley A. Buckles, Director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will retire from his post effective
Jan. 3, 2004, after 30 years of service.

Buckles will be entering the private sector, which he anticipates will
be challenging and rewarding. Mr. Buckles joined ATF in 1974 and rose
through the ranks to become Deputy Chief Counsel and in 1996 was appointed
Deputy Director. In December 1999, Mr. Buckles was named the fifth Director
in ATF's history.

past January Mr. Buckles was tasked with providing guidance and oversight
of ATF's transfer from the U.S. Department of Treasury to the Department
of Justice, and the overall responsibility of supervising nearly 4,800
Federal employees. "I am extremely proud to have served many years
in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and now as a result of the Homeland
Security Act, the Justice Department. Now that ATF is successfully integrated
into the Justice family my job is complete," said Buckles. "I
have decided that it is the best time for me to move on."

a dedicated professional at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives for nearly 30 years, Bradley A. Buckles has served with
integrity and skill. His steadfast leadership of the Bureau's 4,800
employees helped ensure a seamless transfer of the ATF from the Treasury
Department to the Justice Department this year. I am grateful for his
service and wish him every success in his future endeavors," said
Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Buckles stated that although he is sad to be leaving so many close friends,
he is looking forward to meeting his new challenges in addition to spending
more time with his family.