WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) director stepped down from his position Sept. 12, and is retiring from the organization after 27 years of service.
Special Agent Thomas Betro's official retirement date is Dec. 4. Deputy Director for Operations Greg Scovel is serving as acting director until Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus appoints a successor.
Betro joined the then-Naval Investigative Service (NIS), NCIS' predecessor, in October 1982, and has served in numerous positions around the world, including two tours afloat aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65). Other tours include offices in Newport, R.I.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Iceland, and Republic of the Philippines.
The NIS became NCIS in 1993.
"I loved every single assignment I've ever had," said Betro. "I've always told people that my last assignment was always my best, and I guess I'll walk out saying definitively that that was the case at the end. Everywhere I've been, I've had great offices, worked with great people, great locations."
Former Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter appointed Betro as the third civilian NCIS director on Jan. 8, 2006. As director, Betro served as the senior official responsible for criminal, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism investigations and related operations within the Department of the Navy (DON). He also managed protective service operations for the naval leadership, had responsibility for information and personnel security policy within the DON, and operated the DON Central Adjudication Facility.
NCIS has about 2,400 civilian and military personnel serving in 41 countries and more than 160 locations around the world, according to Betro the people are what he will miss most about the agency.
"It's been a great ride," said Betro. "I can't thank each and every person in NCIS enough for what they do for this organization and what that's meant to me. I can't thank each and every one of them individually, but I wish I could."
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