Temes garners prestigious Davidson Award

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  • By Wayne Amann
  • AFOSI Public Affairs

As 2016 winds down 2015 continues to bring honors to Air Force Office of Special Investigations Special Agent (Capt.) Lindsay G. Temes.


Temes (pronounced Timis) was instrumental in Detachment 512, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, earning multiple wing-level awards, including the OSI Command Large Det. of the Year in 2015.


Her individual efforts were recognized with the OSI Functional Award as the command’s Company Grade Officer Special Agent of the Year for 2015.


The Air Force punctuated those achievements by presenting her with the prestigious William A. Davidson Award Oct. 17 during a ceremony in the Airman’s Hall at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.


“Today we celebrate because Lindsay has directly made a difference, enriching the Air Force at the most important level – the field level,” said Ms. Wendy J. Kay, Director, Security, Special Program Oversight and Information Protection who presided over the ceremony. “She’s given this award because we value her work and the attributes she demonstrates, and all with such great drive, determination, leadership and professionalism.”


Established in 2011, the William A. Davidson Award is named in honor of the retired AFOSI Special Agent and former Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, for his leadership, service and dedication to the Air Force. Davidson and his wife Peg attended the ceremony. 


The award recognizes the Air Force member who has personally and profoundly impacted the Security and Law Enforcement communities through accomplishments that have had a broad impact at the field level, with emphasis on cross-functional/cross-service involvement, innovation and performance results.


The citation to accompany the Davidson Award highlighting Temes’ achievements as the Director of Operations at AFOSI Det. 512 read in part: “She provided oversight on all investigative operations conducted at the largest detachment in the entire command. She superbly managed 60 felony-level offenses across three wings. Her oversight resulted in 17 discharges, 14 court-martials, 11 Article 15’s and four disproven investigations. Agent Temes’ oversight was crucial in the resolution of 33 sexual assault investigations, the most of any detachment. Her leadership resulted in her selection as the Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year, the Wing Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award for 2015 as well as her unit’s selection as the United States Air Forces in Europe Vern Orr Award winner for 2015.”


“My nomination of Lindsay for this award was the easiest thing I ever did,” wrote Special Agent Tim Olive who was the Special Agent in Charge at Det. 512 during Temes’ tour there and also delivered remarks at the ceremony.” Captain Temes is without a doubt the very best company grade officer I ever worked with in my 46-year Air Force career.


“She gained the trust and confidence of two supported major operating base wing commanders, who continuously praised Lindsay’s efforts in providing superb investigative and counterintelligence support in a very challenging overseas environment,” Olive added.


Successfully meeting challenges is nothing new for Temes. She was the top graduate in social sciences from the United States Air Force Academy where she excelled as an athletic scholar playing four years of Division 1 collegiate women’s soccer. In 2010 she was recognized as the Female Athlete of the Year in the Pacific Air Forces. She was a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Special Investigations Academy prior to beginning her OSI career at Det. 624, Kadena Air Base, Japan.


Temes recently reflected on what it means to her to be an OSI Special Agent.


“I have the opportunity to serve alongside some of the most dedicated and professional individuals in the Air Force, Airmen who share my passion, determination and commitment to our organization and its core mission,” she wrote. “I’m exceedingly grateful for the unique operational and leadership challenges that have shaped me as an agent, officer and leader. The comradery and perseverance of the OSI team is what drives our mission success and makes me eager to come to work every day.”