USSF top enlisted leader visits OSI HQ

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  • By Thomas Brading
  • OSI Public Affairs

The Space Force’s top enlisted Guardian visited the Russell Knox Building March 8, for an in-depth look at how the Office of Special Investigations operates.

Chief Master Sgt. of the Space Force Roger A. Towberman, said stopping by OSI headquarters gave him a better understanding of the agency and “a peek behind the curtain,” at how special agents work day-to-day.

When the CMSSF arrived he was received by multiple senior leaders, including Chief Master Sgt. Gregg Gow, OSI’s command chief, who Towberman said was an old friend.

“Airmen and Guardians are committed to protecting the nation’s security, side-by-side, and walking along the halls of OSI headquarters with [the CMSSF] exemplifies our continuing partnership," Gow said.

Gow briefed Towberman on OSI’s mission, explaining the agency’s role in identifying, investigating, and removing all threats across multiple domains to Air Force, Space Force and Department of Defense personnel and resources.

"Our highly skilled agents can handle a wide range of responsibilities; from detecting early warnings of worldwide threats to resolving crimes that threaten our services'  readiness, as well as taking down fraud that could affect force acquisitions," Gow said. “We’re here to defend the entire Department of the Air Force.”

As part of the immersive tour, Towberman saw firsthand how OSI addresses these various priorities, from how the agency’s crime fighters take on criminal investigations, fraud, counterintelligence, cyber, special projects and anti-terrorism specialty team missions.

The mood became somber in the afternoon when Gow escorted Towberman through the Hall of Heroes in the headquarters. The Hall of Heroes is a memorial dedicated to fallen OSI special agents who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Towberman said he was thankful for the opportunity to visit OSI headquarters, adding “I wanted to come today and give thanks to OSI for everything they do for the department. This reinforces the importance of the partnership [between the Air and Space Force],” he said.