Midland City Bunker Hostage Crisis – Part 1

In part one of a special two part episode, FBI Special Agent Kyle Vowinkel talks about how perseverance was key to his career as a highly accomplished FBI Senior Executive.

With over 24 years as an FBI Special Agent, Vowinkel has led or played a critical role in many high-profile operations domestically and abroad including the January 2013 Bunker Hostage Crisis in Midland City, Alabama. Vowinkel explains what led up to the incident and sets the stage for what would unfold over the next six days.

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Kyle R. Vowinkel dedicated 33 years of service to his country as an FBI Special Agent, U.S. Army officer and West Point graduate. He has significant leadership experience serving at multiple FBI offices and retired as Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Bureau’s fourth-largest field office, Miami.

He also served on two unique U.S. national assets – the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and the U.S. government’s negotiation arm, the Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU).

As a tactical operator on HRT, he successfully deployed on hundreds of high risk missions domestically as well as overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. At CNU he negotiated with kidnappers, pirates, and even the Boston Marathon bomber who Vowinkel persuaded to peacefully surrender.

Vowinkel has presented to thousands of federal, state, and local partners on leadership and negotiation philosophies. He has been a keynote speaker at West Point, the California Association of Tactical Officers, the Baltimore Hostage Negotiation Seminar, and several FBI National Academy events.

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For speaking engagements, such as this podcast’s story on one of the FBI’s most challenging and inspirational hostage rescue missions, contact him via:

LinkedIn: Kyle Vowinkel

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