Director Christopher Wray has named Donald Alway as the assistant director for the FBI’s Training Division. Alway most recently served as deputy assistant director for the Training Division.
Alway entered on duty with the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Los Angeles Field Office, where he investigated drug violations. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters. In 2006, he was selected to serve as a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Domestic Terrorism/Weapons of Mass Destruction Section.
In 2005, Alway was assigned as a deputy-on-scene commander for the Regime Crimes Task Force, where he investigated the former Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. Alway then served as acting legal attaché in Qatar and assisted in the joint investigation related to the bombing of the British Players Theatre in Doha, Qatar. In 2007, Alway transferred to the New York Field Office, where he supervised a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for bombing and terrorism investigations. In 2008, he participated in the development of the FBI Domestic Investigations Operations Guide and was subsequently awarded the 2009 Director’s Award for his work on its development.
In 2011, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Field Office. In 2012, Alway was named as chief of the Investigations and Operation Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. In 2014, Alway was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jackson Field Office.
Alway received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in weapons of mass destruction strategic studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the FBI, Alway served as a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.