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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contact: Sheree Mixell


Immediate Release

May 18, 2004


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Attorney General John Ashcroft swore
in Carl J. Truscott as the sixth Director of the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on May 17, 2004.

Truscott, who began his tenure as ATF director April 18,
took the oath at the Department of Justice in a private ceremony attended
by his family and invited guests.

"I am honored to join a strong and diverse workforce
of men and women dedicated to the bureau's unique and historic missions
of protecting the public and reducing violent crime, and committed to
enforcing the laws and regulations under our purview with character
and integrity," Truscott said. "I will seek to provide them
with strategic leadership and vision that honors the finest traditions
of ATF and the Department of Justice."

Attorney General John Ashcroft said: "For over two
centuries, the men and women of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives have helped shape America's destiny. Now you continue
your mission for America as critical members of the Justice Team. The
Justice Department is stronger, and the nation is more secure, for your
presence here. The security of our nation, the safety of our citizens,
and the survival of freedom are in our hands. We do not accept this
charge lightly, but with respect, humility and gratitude for the trust
we have been given by our fellow citizens." Attorney General Ashcroft
added: "Carl, with leadership such as yours, and the fine and dedicated
men and women of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,
I know this is a charge we will keep. Separately, we have known success.
Together, we will know victory."

Truscott joined the Bureau after a career with the U.S.
Secret Service, where he served most recently as the Assistant Director
of the Office of Protective Research and before that as the Special
Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division.

A native of Marlton, N.J., Truscott earned a Bachelor
of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware
in 1979. He attended the Contemporary Executive Program at The George
Washington University in 1998; the Executive Program for Senior Executives
in National and International Security at Harvard University in 1999;
and the Director of Central Intelligence's Intelligence Community Senior
Leadership Program in 2003.