Most of the intensive, two-week pre-deployment training takes place in the high mountains outside of Salt Lake City because that environment closely resembles Afghanistan. View Photo Gallery
When Special Agent Rick M. deployed to Afghanistan for temporary duty in 2004, only a handful of FBI personnel were assigned to the war theater, and the Bureau had no formal training program to prepare them for the experience.
Today, much has changed. Hundreds of our agents, analysts, and support staff have volunteered for assignments in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Agent M.—who has returned overseas several times since his first trip—is one of the people in charge of their pre-deployment training.
About This Series
FBI.gov spent two weeks following a class of FBI personnel preparing to deploy to support the FBI's missions in Afghanistan and Iraq. This series of stories, photos and videos is a glimpse into their experience at pre-deployment training in Utah.
This story and gallery are the first in the series.
Now, all FBI personnel going to Afghanistan and Iraq—with assignments ranging from four months