Storied CIA Driver Retires After 45 Years of Service
Bernard Thornton, universally known as “Mr. Thornton” within the CIA’s halls, retired last month after 45 years of service. Thornton –who joined the CIA in 1969 – began his career driving Agency shuttles (without air conditioning) and ended it chauffeuring the CIA’s Executive Director, the Agency’s number three in command.
The Agency bade farewell to Mr. Thornton at a retirement ceremony on Dec. 30, 2013. “You are a legend,” said Director John Brennan at the small gathering. Director Brennan called Thornton’s retirement a “bittersweet farewell,” and told Mr. Thornton that his “dedication and commitment are greatly appreciated.”
Mr. Thornton was recently featured in a Washington Post article chronicling his storied career. Click here to read the article.