Greg Vogle

Greg Vogle is an American intelligence officer who served as the Director of the National Clandestine Service from January 29, 2015 until August 2017.[1][2][3]

Greg Vogel
Director of the National Clandestine Service
In office
January 29, 2015 – August 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Succeeded byElizabeth Kimber
Military service
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service1981–1986


Prior to joining the Central Intelligence Agency, Vogel served in the United States Marine Corps from 1981 to 1986. During his time in the CIA, Vogel worked with various parities in the United States Intelligence Community, including the United States Department of Defense. Vogel is now a Principal at McChrystal Group, an advisory firm based in Alexandria, Virginia.[4] After retiring from the CIA, Gina Haspel selected Elizabeth Kimber, a 34-year career CIA agent, to succeed Vogel.[5]

Rescue of Hamid KarzaiEdit

On October 9, of 2001 Hamid Karzai entered Afghanistan and linked up with his supporters to seize Tarinkot. Taliban forces launched a counterattack against Karzai's lightly-armed forces and he was forced to withdraw. On November 3, Karzai contacted a member of the Special Activities Center, identified only as "Greg V." who immediately acted by linking up Karzai and himself with his joint CIA/US Army Special Forces/JSOC team. From there, they made a nighttime insertion back into Tarinkot. Karzai then went from village to village seeking support to fight against the Taliban. On November 17, a large battle ensued. Several of Karzai's new recruits fled, but Greg V. took command and ran between defensive positions shouting, "If necessary, die like men!". The line held and as the Director of the CIA George Tenet said in his book Center of the Storm, "It was a seminal moment. Had Karzai's position been overrun, as appeared likely for much of November 17, the entire future of the Pashtun rebellion in the south could have ended."[6][7]

Later on December 5, Karzai was leading his resistance force against the Taliban at Khandahar, their capital and one of their last remaining strongholds. Greg V. was the lead paramilitary advisor to Karzai in this battle when, as a result of a mistake in calculating an air strike, a bomb was dropped on their position. Greg V. threw his body on Karzai and saved his life. The same day Khandahar fell and Karzai was named the interim Prime Minister.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Apuzzo, Matt (April 25, 2015). "Deep Support in Washington for C.I.A.'s Drone Missions". The New York Times (New York ed.). p. A1. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015. Mr. Brennan recently named Greg Vogel ... to take over the C.I.A.’s vaunted Directorate of Operations
  2. ^ Shapira, Ian (September 18, 2017). "The CIA acknowledges the legendary spy who saved Hamid Karzai's life — and honors him by name". Washington Post.
  3. ^ "McChrystal Group – Greg Vogle". McChrystal Group.
  4. ^ "Former Deputy Director of CIA for Operations Greg Vogle to Speak at Faga Forum on Space Intelligence". Space Foundation. 2018-01-26. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  5. ^ Volz, Warren P. Strobel and Dustin. "CIA Names First Woman to Lead Clandestine Operations". WSJ. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  6. ^ a b At the Center of the Storm: My Life at the CIA, George Tenet, Harper Collins, 2007, pages 219–225
  7. ^ a b "The CIA honored the officer who saved Hamid Karzai's life". 18 September 2017.
  8. ^ At the Center of the Storm: My Life at the CIA, George Tenet, Harper Collins, 2007, page 225