Director Robert S. Mueller, III announced late Wednesday that he has named Michael B. Steinbach special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s Miami Division. He had been operating in an acting position for the division since August 2012, while also serving as SAC of the Jacksonville Division.
Steinbach began his career as a special agent with the FBI in April 1995. He was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked in the fugitive and violent crimes/major offenders programs. He also served as the division coordinator for the National Center for Analysis of Violent Crime and was a member of the SWAT team.
In 2003, Steinbach was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. In this role, he provided program management for FBI operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan.
Steinbach was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations. While serving overseas, he was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery in recognition of his actions while engaged with adversarial forces.
In 2005, Steinbach was assigned assistant legal attaché in Tel Aviv, Israel where he was subsequently promoted to legal attaché the following January.
While assigned as legal attaché, Steinbach worked with the government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority on all FBI investigative matters, with an emphasis on national security issues.
In 2008, Steinbach and his team received the Director’s Award for Special Achievement for their efforts. Later that year, he was promoted to supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force in the Washington Field Office,
Steinbach was appointed in 2009 to assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division. He later served as acting section chief, during which time he provided program management for all FBI international terrorism investigations within the United States.
In May 2010, Steinbach was made deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. He was then assigned special assistant to the associate deputy director of the FBI later that year.
In April 2012, Steinbach was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division.