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AFOSI highlights military-community partnership

Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander, briefs the Air Force Office of Special Investigation community luncheon attendees Dec. 9, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hosted by AFOSI 8th Field Investigative Squadron and Detachment 808, the luncheon was designed to bring AFOSI members and Colorado Springs law enforcement officers together to celebrate their partnering and collective efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander, briefs the Air Force Office of Special Investigation community luncheon attendees Dec. 9, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hosted by AFOSI 8th Field Investigative Squadron and Detachment 808, the luncheon was designed to bring AFOSI members and Colorado Springs law enforcement officers together to celebrate their partnering and collective efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations 8th Field Investigative Squadron and Detachment 808 hosted law enforcement community partners during a luncheon Dec. 9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

"We are here to take time out of our busy schedules to celebrate our collective efforts throughout southern Colorado," said Special Agent Matthew Ferguson, 8 FIS superintendent.  "Each year, we give so much of ourselves for the protection of our great nation. We felt this would be a perfect time to bring our own forces and law enforcement [family] together to celebrate and enjoy each other's company."

During the luncheon, mission support group commanders from Schriever and Peterson Air Force Bases, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and U.S. Air Force Academy served as guest speakers.

Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander; Col. Reginald Ash, 21st Mission Support Group commander; Col. Travis Harsha, 721st Mission Support Group commander; and Col. Martin Schlacter, 10th Mission Support Group commander, provided brief backgrounds about their bases as well as underscored the importance of Colorado Springs to the military community.

"I have had 13 assignments throughout 23 years; this is by far the best military-community relationship I have ever seen," Barthel said. "I just want to give my thanks from the bottom of our heart for all the support that we have received... We look forward to increasing the opportunity for partnership between our communities."

The commanders also stressed the importance of the continued symbiotic relationship between the installation security forces, AFOSI, law enforcement agencies and other local partners.

"What an honor it is to be here with you because I value so tremendously the relationship that [our community] has with all our municipal partners, especially with the law enforcement and emergency response members," said Ash.

Ferguson reiterated the event is not only a celebration, but a way to connect with each other.

"This is also a time for us to expand our networks, not only as friends but as brothers and sisters for those of us who have sworn to protect and serve," he said. "We are grateful to have so many distinguished guests today."

The next liaison event is scheduled in the summer and will be hosted by 8 FIS and Detachment 808.
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