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OSI to conduct ISIL informational briefings

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations will conduct an unclassified threat briefing on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at the Peterson Base Auditorium, Bldg. 1440, at 3 p.m. Sept. 14, 18, 25 and 28. 

The briefings are open to everyone. 

Briefing content will cover the history of ISIL; why they are considered a threat to our security; developments that led to the implementation of force protection condition changes in May; and various awareness and personal security considerations.

The briefings came about due to questions from the base populace during annual counterintelligence briefings, said Special Agent Robert Kramer, Air Force Office of Special Investigations 8th Field Investigations Squadron.

"When we were doing those briefings earlier in the year, we were getting a lot more questions about ISIL," he said.

Based on those questions, OSI decided an ISIL informational brief was necessary so people would understand the threat in the local community, said Kramer.

The briefings will consist of a history of ISIL, including its beginnings as Al Qaida in Iraq, to how it has evolved over time into an international rogue state. According to Kramer, the briefings will also cover ISIL leadership, membership and recruiting techniques, as well as operational security techniques and tips.

In addition, Kramer said the briefings will cover how ISIL has impacted the threat level in the local area.

"The main thing we cover is all the developments that have happened in North America over the last year," he said. "Basically, we will talk about what has led us to implement Force Protection Condition Bravo, and why we are staying there."
Kramer said that by informing people of the group's threat here in the local area, they will have a better understanding of the steps they can take to protect themselves and the military community.

"It's not a group that will only affect us overseas, it can affect us here in the United States, and it has," he said. "We feel that briefing people on ISIL intentions and what the group is trying to accomplish and how, will hopefully lead to increased vigilance."

In Colorado alone, there have been several reports of suspicious activity. Kramer talked about one incident in Fort Collins. Two Middle Eastern men approached a spouse indicating that they knew her husband and were familiar with his work as an interrogator overseas. By reporting this information, the spouse helped law enforcement investigate the men and the circumstances involved in the incident.

"We know there is stuff going on locally that we need to be concerned about," he said. "The more we can get people aware of what's going on, the more reports we'll get allowing us to do a better job of protecting this base."

While they will cover it in the briefing, Kramer said two of the biggest things people can do to help protect themselves are to know their work centers and neighborhoods.

"The bottom line is we can't be everywhere," he said. "We are a relatively small organization, so we rely on the Air Force populace to be those eyes and ears - those sensors for us. Nobody knows their work centers or neighborhoods better than they do."

He said some things to look out for are suspicious vehicles - unfamiliar vehicles that appear to be parked in the same spot, or same general area, or those making multiple passes in a general area. People should also report unfamiliar people asking suspicious questions about the base or military members. 

"Just because you don't have access to classified information, doesn't mean you don't have information that could be valuable to an adversary," Kramer said.

This threat is the driving force behind the FPCON Bravo change, he said. It's likely it will be the new norm, so it's important not to get complacent.

If you do see something suspicious, you can report it through the Eagle Eyes program by calling 719-556-4000.

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