Special Investigations

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has been the Air Force's major investigative service since Aug.1, 1948. The agency reports to the Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force.

OSI provides professional investigative service to commanders of all Air Force activities. Its primary responsibilities are criminal investigations and counterintelligence services.

The command focuses on five priorities:

  • Develop and retain a force capable of meeting Air Force needs;
  • Detect and provide early warning of worldwide threats to the Air Force;
  • Identify and resolve crime impacting Air Force readiness or good order and discipline;
  • Combat threats to Air Force information systems and technologies; and
  • Defeat and deter fraud in the acquisition of Air Force prioritized weapons systems.

Read the entire OSI factsheet.

OSI Training

What is initial OSI training like? 

The U.S. Air Force Special Investigations Academy (USAFSIA) is located on the grounds of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Ga., where all new Air Force Office of Special Investigation recruits receive their entry-level investigative training.

New OSI special agent recruits begin training at FLETC with an 11-week course called the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP). This course is attended by trainees from almost all federal investigative agencies. The CITP provides basic investigative training in law, interviewing, informants, defensive tactics, emergency driving, evidence processing, firearms, search and seizure, arrest techniques, report writing, testifying and surveillance. Students also participate in physical training several times a week.

The CITP is followed by eight weeks of training in OSI-specific coursework. In this course, topics of instruction include OSI organization and mission, ethics, investigative responsibility and jurisdiction, interrogations, military law, crimes against property and persons (physical and sexual), liaison, the role of investigative experts, computer crime, forensics, fraud investigations, environmental crime, counterintelligence collections and investigations and force-protection programs.


OSI Fights waste, fraud, and abuse in more than 300 programs of the Department of the Air Force. The results? Taxpayers and service members save money and quality of services provided to Airman are protected. OSI processes tens of thousands of tips each year from Enlisted, Officers, Civilian employees, and Contractors.  Those tips, along with other OSI initiatives, result in: 1) Millions levied in fines, penalties and settlements, 2) Hundreds of years in prison sentences, 3) Recover more than OSI’s budget yearly.

Examples of Fraudulent activity include:

  • Cost Mischarging
  • Product Substitution
  • Public Corruption

To report criminal or civil acts of fraud or corruption, you can contact OSI directly at:

OSI Det 813, Minot AFB: (701) 723-2368

OSI Hotline: (877) 246-1453

Email: hqafosi.watch@us.af.mil

Text tips: Text “AFOSI” and tip information to 274637 (CRIMES)


The Eagle Eyes program is an Air Force anti-terrorism initiative that enlists the eyes and ears of Air Force members and citizens.

The program provides a network of local, 24-hour phone numbers to call whenever a suspicious activity is observed. You and your family are encouraged to learn the categories of suspicious behavior and stay attuned to your surroundings.

These are categories of suspicious behavior:

Surveillance: Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the use of cameras, note taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices.

Elicitation: People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations, capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by mail, fax, telephone, or in person.

Tests of security: Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches or to penetrate physical security barriers or procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.

Acquiring supplies: Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition, military uniforms, decals, manuals, passes or any other controlled items.

Suspicious persons out of place: People who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment, or anywhere else.

Dry run: Putting people into position and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the terrorist act.

Deploying assets: People and supplies getting into position to commit the act.

Report these and other suspicious behaviors to:

OSI Det 813, Minot AFB: (701) 723-2368

USAF Eagle Eyes: (605) 385-4001



  • Apply for OSI
    • For interested OSI applicants at Minot AFB, OSI Recruitment briefs are held every month. Please attend for more information about OSI and the application process.
  • Specialized Briefs
    • Minot AFB Commanders can request briefings on Criminal, Fraud, or Counterintelligence matters to their units.
  • Foreign Travel Briefs
    • Go to AF Portal and search “Foreign Travel” to complete the OSI Foreign Travel Training and questionnaire. Contact your unit’s security manager to attend your in-person Foreign Travel Brief.

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Contact Information

To contact OSI Detachment 813, please call 723-2368 for questions or to receive an electronic application package.

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