Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Office of Special Investigations

1948 - OSI Established
OSI, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, was established in 1948. It reports to the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Its responsibilities include investigating crimes and counterintelligence.

Click HERE for the official OSI web site.

OSI Badge and Shield
(USAF photo)

OSI's Mission Statement: Identify, exploit and neutralize criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. Government.

1950s - Front de la Libération Nationale
A Front de la Libération Nationale (FLN) terrorist attempted to buy machine guns and pistols from an Airman near Ramstein Air Base, Germany. OSI worked with French and German police to capture him.

Background: OSI agent
Left: Airman who turned in terrorist
Right: FLN terrorist
(USAF photo)

1980s - Baader Meinhof / Red Army
OSI worked in the 1980s to confront terrorists in Europe. Below is a German police wanted poster for Red Army Faction terrorists (Baader Meinhof gang) wanted for bombings and murders in Germany.

German Police Wanted Poster
(USAF photo)

1982 - Training at Bolling AFB
~summary of story by Frank Taylor, Maxwell AFB Dispatch
OSI Agents started attending the USAF Special Investigations Academy at Bolling AFB. After completing the 12-week course covering law, crime scene investigation, and interviewing techniques, Special Agents are assigned to an OSI Base Investigative Detachment, within an OSI District.

Maxwell AFB Dispatch Article on OSI Training - 1982
L-R: AFOSI Special Agents Greg Topping and Martin Edwards
(clipping courtesy of Martin Edwards)

2000s - Eagle Eyes
The "Eagle Eyes" program is an Air Force anti-terrorism initiative led by OSI. It enlists Air Force members and civilians in the war on terror. Click HERE for more information.

Eagle Eyes Program Logo
(USAF photo)

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