OSI hosts 3rd Annual Bowling Pin Shoot
By Senior Airman Steve Bauer, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 23, 2010
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 804, hosted its 3rd Annual Bowling Pin Shoot at the Rod and Gun Club here July 23.
More than 70 officials from law enforcement agencies that support the 30th Space Wing participated in the annual competition, including the Air Force OSI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service, Santa Barbara County Sheriff and local police departments.
"This event was about building and establishing relationships," said Special Agent Randall Adams, who is assigned to Detachment 804. "We know at some point down the line we will be working with these other agencies. When that time comes, the bonds we've established at events like our Bowling Pin Shoot will pay real dividends in the form of efficient, responsive joint operations."
The objective of the competition, for the competitors, was to race against the clock, and one another, to knock standard bowling pins clear off of a table in the shortest amount of time with a handgun (9 mm, .22, .4, .45 caliber). The pins were aligned in rows of five with three pins deep. Participants were allowed only 25 seconds to complete this task.
The annual gathering at Vandenberg AFB provides law enforcement officials with a forum to orientate and strengthen existing relationships with other local departments and agencies.
"This was a great opportunity for community building and networking," said Special Agent Nelson Roman, the Detachment 804 superintendent. "Hosting the event here allows the participants to see the base and the things we do here."
For the past two years, Vandenberg AFB has been a favorable meeting ground for law enforcement liaison activities.
"This is one of the most successful law enforcement liaison events of the year for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties," said Agent Roman.
Since many of the cases Detachment 804 investigates involve civilians, cooperation with local law enforcement agencies is critical, said Special Agent Wil Thompson, the Detachment 804 commander.
"I'm especially grateful for the overwhelming support we receive from our law enforcement partners; without their assistance we wouldn't be able to provide the quality investigative service our customers, such as the 30th Space Wing, expect and deserve," said Agent Thompson.
Detachment 804 plans to carry on the tradition of the Bowling Pin Shoot next year.