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NEWS | Aug. 8, 2012

Finding spies and gunmen before it's too late

By Detachment 201 Air Force Office of Special Investigations

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, said this March 30, 1961.

Today, his words are remembered through the actions of Langley Air Force Base Airmen, who work with sensitive programs and top tier technologies. These technologies are aggressively sought after by enemies and competitors, while our Airmen are targeted by terrorists and spies around the globe. Faced with belt-tightening and budget cuts, or just told to do more with less and be better at it, the Air Force needs force multipliers to protect our interests.

That first line of defense begins with you.

Could you find a spy, or spot behavioral indicators an active shooter exhibits pre-rampage? The Air Force Office of Special Investigations specializes in counterintelligence and behavioral analysis and would like to teach units on base to enhance their threat identification capabilities as well as the proper steps to take when a threat is encountered. This training gives service members a keen edge spotting adversaries and vulnerabilities as well as reinforcing personal protection and the protection of sensitive information. Put simply, it would help us all work together to safeguard America's interests for the next generation.

AFOSI gives counterintelligence training to units by request. Training typically lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, yet it has been highly effective, leading to several counterintelligence victories. These victories can include identifying and taking appropriate action against individuals actively working against the United States, whether they are foreign operatives or insider threats. CI victories ensure threats to the United States are stopped before harm comes to this country or its citizens. This program has been expanding - mostly through word of mouth, but now through Public Affairs.

Every Airman is a sensor, and together with AFOSI, Airmen of JBLE can work together to hone each sensor so that the sunset years of this generation are not spent in regretful remembrance.

As President Reagan said in 1967:

"Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again."

To receive CI Awareness Training, call AFOSI at (757) 764-7971.