James K. Dougal is a recently retired FBI Special Agent with extensive investigative experience in the FBI and the Savannah Police Department. Agent Dougal’s early assignments included being assigned the lead case agent of the largest cash robbery in U.S. history. On March 29, 1997, Phillip Noel Johnson overpowered two of his co-workers and left them handcuffed in different locations, taking $20 million from the armored vehicle storage facility. An extensive international investigation led to known aliases being used by Johnson including numerous identifications and passports. This eventually led to his capture while he was attempting to reenter the U.S. though a Mexico border crossing. Johnson refused to provide the location of the stolen cash after being taken into custody. With the cooperation of the Mexican Government, Agent Dougal was able to obtain a Mexican search warrant of Johnsons hideout which revealed evidence which led to the recovery 18.8 million dollars in a storage shed in Mountain Home, North Carolina.
Mr. Dougal began his law enforcement career in the Savannah Police Department after serving 10 years in the U.S. military to include deploying for Operation Desert Storm. He left the Savannah Police after two years to join the FBI where he served for 21 years. His assignments include two tours in the Jacksonville FBI Division where he was assigned to a wide variety of investigations to include; robbery, kidnappings, gangs, international fugitives, Joint Terrorist Task Force, counterintelligence, child pornography and organized crime. He spent 7 years as the Senior FBI SWAT Team leader for the Jacksonville Division.
In 1999, Agent Dougal was selected for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team where he served five years as an operator and sniper. He deployed on numerous counterrorism operations, bombing investigations and hostage recovery operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Haiti and Yemen. These included the investigation of the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen and the bombing of the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan.
In 2012, Mr. Dougal retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Major in the Aviation Branch. He is a 1986 graduate of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and holds both commercial airplane and helicopter certifications. In 2014, he obtained Master’s Degree in Homeland Security Studies from Penn State University.