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SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is the Air Force agency responsible for investigating major crimes and works against terrorist and foreign intelligence efforts. It is also constantly seeking exceptional non-commissioned officers for duty as enlisted special agents.

With more than 2,700 members, AFOSI has been the Air Force's major investigative service since Aug. 1948. It provides criminal investigations and counterintelligence services to commanders of all Air Force organizations. To do that consistently and well, AFOSI must constantly replenish its agent force and its primary source of new agents is the active duty enlisted force.

"We are actively seeking airmen from any career field for retraining into OSI," according to Special Agent Robert Davis, AFOSI Detachment 212 commander. "One of our biggest discriminating factors is that applicants must be of the highest quality, and we have a preference for those individuals who have something special to bring to the fight. Whether it be a second or third language ability, strong cyber background, or some other unique skill."

"Besides being inquisitive and able to interact with a variety of different personality types, agents must be able to take initiative and be detached enough to handle the possible shock in criminal investigations," said Agent Nina Leggett, AFOSI Detachment 212 agent.

According to Leggett, AFOSI's primary recruiting focus is on staff sergeants with five to 10 years in service, technical sergeants with less than one year in grade, and exceptional senior airmen who are eligible to retrain. She added, "We will consider others who don't fall within those parameters, but that's our primary target group."

Once approved for retraining, all new special agent candidates attend training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga. The candidates must complete both the 11-week criminal investigator training program and seven weeks of AFOSI-specific coursework. Both courses offer training in weapons use, forensics, surveillance and surveillance detection, antiterrorism techniques, crime scene processing, interrogations and several other topics.

After successful completion of a one-year probationary period, some agents receive specialist training in economic crime, antiterrorism service, counterintelligence, computer crimes and other sophisticated criminal investigative capabilities. Others attend 12 weeks of training to acquire skills in electronic, photographic and other technical surveillance countermeasures.

For more information about AFOSI's mission, visit the AFOSI public website at www.osi.andrews.af.mil. NCOs interested in becoming an AFOSI agent should review the applicant website at http://www.osi.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=1142 and contact Leggett, at 895-6001.