James Yacone, assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will speak at Virginia Tech on Thursday, Dec. 4.

This event, which will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Burruss Hall Auditorium at 800 Drillfield Dr., is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Yacone's visit is part of the Leaders in Action lecture series hosted each semester by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Maj. Gen. W. Thomas Rice Center for Leader Development.

As the FBI's assistant director of the Critical Incident Response Group, Yacone oversees global critical incident response personnel and resources for crisis management, tactical operations, crisis negotiations, hostage rescue, weapons of mass destruction and improvised explosive device mitigation, intelligence, surveillance and aviation, behavioral and cyber threat assessments, active shooter response and special events management. 

He joined the FBI in 1995 as a special agent and he has held positions as chief of the FBI’s Aviation and Surveillance Branch, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division National Security Branch, chief and commander of the Hostage Rescue Team in Critical Incident Response Group, and special agent in charge of the FBI in Colorado and Wyoming.

Yacone received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy and a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He served eight years in the U.S. Army and is a decorated combat veteran. His military awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, multiple Air Medals with Valor Device, the Humanitarian Service Award and the Purple Heart.

Free parking is available in Perry Street Lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road with a visitor’s pass. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6, Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Center, located at 925 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor’s pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located at 330 Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Center hours.  

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