Mr. Tom Gallagher serves as Director of Explosives, Intelligence, and Training for 5 Stones intelligence and is assigned to Tampa, Florida. In this role, he leads 5 Stones efforts in the field of explosives, training, post-blast, IEDs, and related intelligence. He is a Team Lead for an expansive U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) contract where is a recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME) in the seizure, storage, and preservation of high valued evidence including explosives, weapons, and ammunition.
Mr. Gallagher is a retired U.S. DOJ Supervisory Special Agent who served twenty-eight years in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). During his career, he provided leadership and supervision to multi-agency task forces as a Resident Agent in Charge. He also served a coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. He was a founding member of the Western Judicial District of Virginia (WJDV) Federal Law Enforcement roundtable focus groups, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force for the WJDV.
As a Special Agent, Mr. Gallagher was tasked on numerous occasions with conducting substantive criminal investigations. He was a first responder and key leader who managed the investigation of the Virginia Tech Shooting of April 16, 2007. Later, he was appointed to U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s Program for the Prevention of School Violence specifically to provide his leadership, subject matter expertise, experience, and inside knowledge to program participants and policymakers.
Mr. Gallagher served for over a decade as a member of the ATF National Response Team (NRT). The NRT provides immediate assistance to local, state, and federal agency requests to coordinate and provide expert support to major post-blast/post-fire scene examinations. As an NRT member, Mr. Gallagher responded to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and worked the scene with fellow first responders. He also coordinated and supervised special response teams for major special events, including the National Football League’s Super Bowl, the Democratic National Convention, Presidential Inaugurations, World Bank Protests, and the DC Sniper Investigation. Mr. Gallagher is a Certified Explosives and HAZMAT Specialist and Special Response Team Operator.
While assigned to ATF’s Washington D.C. Headquarters, Mr. Gallagher was the Program Manager for International Training Programs for the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII). He coordinated ATF’s global training and enforcement operations with U.S. Counterparts, Embassies, and Global Law Enforcement partners. Mr. Gallagher conceptualized, taught, and managed instructional courses in law enforcement techniques to vetted foreign nationals in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and Central America.
Mr. Gallagher received numerous awards while serving in ATF, including the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Distinguished Service Award, International Narcotics Enforcement Agency Special Act Award, National Association of Police Top Cops Nominee, Virginia Tech Distinguished Service Award, multiple U.S Attorney’s Office Special Acts Awards, as well as ATF’s Superior Performance Award, Distinguished Service Award, and numerous Special Act Awards. He received his B.A. from Niagara University in Criminal Justice and his Master’s in Criminal Justice from American University, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Gallagher represents the renowned qualities of innovation, drive, relentless work ethic, and specialized skill sets for which ATF Special Agents are known and invests those capabilities in providing an intense commitment to 5 Stones’ Clients.