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Arnold's OSI unit wins command level award

Posted 3/23/2009   Updated 3/23/2009 Email story   Print story


by JanaƩ Daniels

3/23/2009 - Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn. -- Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 106 at Arnold received the Air Force Materiel Command AFOSI Small Detachment of the Year award. 

"This was a very huge accomplishment for our five-person office at Arnold," Rob Redmon, Special Agent-in-Charge said. "I have the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the profession. They all come from varying walks of life and bring a broad level of experience and knowledge needed to support Arnold's unique mission. I am very proud of each of them for their dedication and professionalism." 

As one of the smallest detachments in AFOSI with one of the largest impacts on the future survivability of the nation, the team is not only here to support Arnold Air Force Base (AFB). 

"While Arnold is our primary customer, we also are responsible for anything impacting the Air Force in the entire state of Tennessee and six counties in northern Alabama," Redmon said. "We find ourselves investigating untimely deaths, rapes, child sexual assaults, child pornography and even contract fraud from Iraq. You would not believe how many investigations from around the world have some connection to people or companies in Tennessee." 

According to Redmon, two of Arnold's agents were able to solve an investigation into a group of individuals involved with an Airman at Keesler AFB, Miss., defrauding the government of disaster funds from Hurricane Katrina. 

Just last month the team was in Knoxville looking for a deserter when they were notified that an Iraqi Diplomat was arriving in Bristol who needed protection. 

"We never know from one day to the next where we will be or what we will be doing," Redmon said. "This is one of the most challenging jobs I have seen, but also one of the most rewarding." 

The AFOSI mission is to identify, exploit and neutralize criminals, terrorists and intelligence threats to the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. Government; and the Arnold detachment does it all. 

Throughout the year, the Arnold OSI team, comprised of four agents and one investigative assistant, accomplished several items that won them the award: 

- Expanded Air Force Eagle Eyes coverage to include not only Arnold AFB, but all Air National Guard (ANG) bases within Detachment 106's 50,000 square mile Area of Responsibility. Identified as Detachment strength during the 2008 AFOSI Region 1 Unit Compliance Inspection.

- Protected F-22 Raptor, Joint Strike Fighter and variations of aircraft and engine testing as well as flight and space simulation platforms tested at AEDC from unauthorized foreign governments attempting to obtain critical information. 

- Jump-started the production of four anti-terrorism, force protection threat assessments for four installation commanders 

- Produced numerous intelligence information reports identifying and exploiting counterintelligence and technology transfer threats to Arnold 

- Identified and neutralized specific threats by foreign entities to ongoing technology research 

- Identified numerous undocumented workers preparing to install critical infrastructure at a $25 million ANG facility. A joint Bureau of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and AFOSI operations resulted in arrest and deportation of 34 illegal aliens. Cited as largest operation in west Tennessee. 

- Identified and exploited a company selling International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR) restricted materials to foreign countries 

- Led a multi-federal agency investigation into the theft of government computers encompassing three states and $6.5 million in stolen equipment 

- Initiated a multi-agency investigation into product substitution and coordinated simultaneous searches of several sites; recovering evidence and confessions of providing substandard products to the U.S. government

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