Benchmark Memo Signings Advance OSI Partnerships

By Wayne Amann, OSI Public Affairs, 25 May 2021

Left to right, Brig. Gen. Rebecca R. Vernon, Director, Military Justice and Discipline, The Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps; Brig. Gen. Terry L. Bullard, Commander, Office of Special Investigations; and Brig. Gen. Roy W. Collins, Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, sign a joint memorandum at OSI Headquarters May 24, 2021, implementing a fully integrated Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (CIP) capability. (U.S. Air Force photo by SA Spencer King)

QUANTICO, Va. --

Teamwork has been a staple for the Office of Special Investigations since its inception in 1948. Now, that foundational concept has progressed significantly on two fronts.

On May 24, 2021, leaders from OSI, Air Force Security Forces (SF) and The Air Force Judge Advocate (JA) General Corps, signed a milestone memorandum at OSI Headquarters here, implementing a fully integrated Criminal Investigation and Prosecution (CIP) capability.

A second major signing that day, between OSI and SF, initiated the formation of Joint Base Enforcement Teams (JBETs).

“Both pertain to how we run and manage investigations,” said OSI Commander, Brig. Gen. Terry L. Bullard. “As you know, we’re constantly seeking ways to improve our processes, and to ensure that OSI is focused on the types of investigations that only we can tackle.”

The CIP agreement formally commits each organization to improving transparency and consistency within its processes. Collectively, their goal is to leverage respective areas of expertise to deliver professional, timely, and legally sound investigation and adjudication of military justice actions.

“The signing of this memorandum memorializes the long-standing relationship and cooperation between the Judge Advocate and law enforcement communities within the Department of the Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Rebecca R. Vernon, Director, Military Justice and Discipline. “The strengthening of these bonds and our commitment to even greater collaboration is emblematic of the commitment our investigators, judge advocates, Victim and Witness Assistance Program personnel, paralegals and support staff, have to both victim care and the pursuit of justice.”

The CIP memorandum outlines the composition of the CIP team, which includes key OSI, JA, and SF members, and prescribes the notification processes associated with the activation of a CIP team. The memo also hones steps already utilized by OSI special agents working cases.     

Meanwhile, the JBET concept is based largely on feedback received from OSI special agents in the field, which helped identify potential gaps in criminal and fraud investigative coverage for Department of the Air Force wings. OSI and SF agree that creating JBET is the way to optimize their investigative capabilities.  

“Security Forces and the Office of Special Investigations continue to work together to accomplish the mission at home and abroad,” said Brig. Gen. Roy W. Collins, Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. “The partnership memorandum demonstrates how the Security Forces Squadrons and OSI detachments support each other. Through this effort, Defenders will continue to perform law and order operations, conduct investigations, and keep our installations safe.”

JBETs will initially address two major areas, by capitalizing on SF capability to run certain types of cases.

On Pay and Allowance Matters: OSI will defer to SF, except in cases with senior subjects, or when there is a connection to another OSI investigation. OSI will coordinate closely with SF when an allegation involves large-scale manipulation or a financial management system or process, or when there is potential activity.

On Drug Offenses: SF and OSI will conduct joint interviews of drug violation suspects to determine the lead investigative agency, with OSI focusing on drug distribution and manufacturing.

General Bullard reflected on the signings from OSI’s perspective.

“Our agreements solidify our commitment to operating in lockstep with our closest law enforcement and military justice partners,” said the Commander, “thereby helping to ensure the best possible outcomes for the Department of the Air Force and those we serve.”

Defenders Receive Army Recognition for Civil Unrest Support

By MSgt Jessica Roles, 189th Airlift Wing, 22 January 2021

SMSgt Herbert Bates, 189th Security Forces Squadron First Sergeant, reads the citation as members of the 189th Security Forces Squadron receive Army Commendation and Achievement medals January 9, 2021, at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR. The defenders were awarded eight Army Commendation Medals and 19 Army Achievement Medals between the group for their support and guidance during the civil unrest in Little Rock May 31 - June 8, 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt Jessica Roles)

Recently, the 189th Security Forces Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR held a presentation in which 27 defenders received Army achievement and commendation medals. The presentation was held during the January unit training assembly in the Security Forces building for their direct support of the Arkansas National Guard’s Quick Reaction Force during the civil unrest events in downtown Little Rock last summer.

Security Forces Airman Missing While Swimming Body is Found

The body of Elijah Posana was found by his father on the beach on Tuesday, 4 May 2021.

Elijah Posana, a United States Air Force airman, was swimming approximately 100-feet from shore on Surfside Beach near Freeport, Texas when someone reported seeing him being pulled by a rip current. 

"My two younger siblings, they are younger than 15, and they are not very good swimmers. They were both drowning,” Elijah's cousin Ethan Posana said.

Ethan swam over and Elijah turned back to join him. Together they pushed the younger kids to safety.

Ethan said Elijah wasn’t in the rip current at that time.

"He wasn’t in no rip current yet. He came back to help,” he said.

Relatives said Elijah was a good swimmer.

“When we were in the rip tide, everyone else was panicking except Elijah.  He said, ‘To get out of a rip current, don’t swim forward, you have to swim to the sides,’” Ethan said.

Moments later, the Memorial High School graduate vanished. The 22-year-old military Security Forces member was on leave from the 509th Security Forces Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, MO.

The United States Coast Guard has decided to suspend the search for a man who was last seen swimming at Surfside Beach on Sunday after searching over 100 square miles. "The decision to suspend a search is always an extremely difficult one to make," said Capt. Jason Smith, Sector Houston-Galveston commanding officer. "Every time we run a search and rescue case, we think of the missing as our own and in this case, the missing is a fellow service member which definitely weighs heavily on our hearts. Our deepest condolences go out to the Airman's family and friends."

Defenders -

As we continue to build upon the success from the last three years of focused senior leader investment in our Defenders, our Security Forces senior leaders met once again for the bi-annual Security Forces Executive Board (SFEB).  The SFEB is a career field decision-making body of SF senior Civilian, Enlisted and Officer leaders charged with making critical decisions that impact the SF enterprise.

The SFEB focused on decision briefs with topics ranging from a career field Functional Fitness Test, results of Squadron of the Future (SoTF) beta testing, and the status of Leader–Led Training (LLT).  Efforts of the SFEB continue to maintain momentum on career field improvements essential to creating a more lethal and ready Defender.

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