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OSI AF Connect app enables, engages, empowers teleworkers

The Office of Special Investigations is one of more than 100 organization "Favorites" on the enterprise-wide Air Force Connect mobile app, designed to provide streamlined access to timely and relevant information users need for their lives and careers. (Air Force Connect photo)

The Office of Special Investigations is one of more than 100 organization "Favorites" on the enterprise-wide Air Force Connect mobile app, designed to provide streamlined access to timely and relevant information users need for their lives and careers. (Air Force Connect photo)

QUANTICO,Va. --

For Office of Special Investigations members, teleworking these days as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, there may be some comparatively slow periods that can be maximized by something other than Coronavirus updates.

Enter Air Force Connect, the enterprise-wide mobile app designed to provide users streamlined access to information they need for their lives and career development.

Less than a year old, the OSI “Favorite,” as each organization is designated on AF Connect, currently provides 17 features, including the latest Department of the Air Force COVID-19 information.

Of particular note for OSI teleworkers during the COVID-19 lockdown are the Reading List and Podcast features. OSI Commander, Brig. Gen. Terry L. Bullard has posted six books he recommends while OSI Command Chief Master Sgt. Karen F. Beirne-Flint has seven recommended reads. They are:

(The Commander’s Reading List)

“The Crisis of Islam, Holy War and Unholy Terror” by Bernard Lewis

“What Went Wrong? The Clash Between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East” by Bernard Lewis

“Tournament of Shadows, The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia” by Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac

“The War for Muslim Minds, Islam and the West” by Gilles Kepel

“Call Sign Chaos, Learning to Lead” by James Mattis and Bing West

“McMafia-A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld” by Misha Glenny

(The Command Chief’s Reading List)

“Power Moves” by Adam Grant

“Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action” By Simon Sinek

“Team of Teams, New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World” by Gen. Stanley McChrystal

“The Culture Code, The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups” by Daniel Coyle

“Switch, How to Change Things When Change is Hard” by Chip Heath and Dan Heath,

“Shifting Superpowers, The New and Emerging Relationship Between the United States, China and India” by Martin Sieff

“America Alone, The End of the World as We Know It” by Mark Steyn

Meanwhile, teleworkers who prefer their information presented in an audio format can check out the OSI Podcast Feature, which currently offers users 100 timely podcasts to scroll through on a variety of topics, ranging from cyber security and international relations to the defense budget and a post-pandemic world. Many podcasts are posted just minutes earlier.

Newcomers to AF Connect can acquire the free app through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Once uploaded to a mobile device, tap the AF Connect icon, which takes users to the AF Connect home page. From there, users access OSI content by adding OSI as their “Favorite” within the AF Connect app. That’s done by tapping the icon at the bottom right-hand corner of the app, where users are presented a list of more than 100 available units. Once OSI is added as a favorite, users can scroll the OSI home page for the Reading Lists, Podcasts or other informative features.

The OSI features are designed to engage users and reduce their reliance on traditional computers to access resources that make a difference. 

For more information about the AF Connect OSI Favorite, email the Content Manager at: wayne.amann@us.af.mil.