See Something Say Something

  • Published
  • By Colonel Ron H. Cheatham
  • 501st Combat Support Wing
Everyone, from Squadron Commanders to our First Term Airmen, spouses, dependents, civilians, contractors, mission partners and community, all play an important role in safety and security, including operational security (OPSEC). It is the responsibility of all base personnel to contribute to the defense of the installation. All personnel must actively participate in base defense -- “see something, say something.”

OPSEC has always been a priority when it comes to protecting U.S. military personnel, assets and installations. By practicing OPSEC measures in our daily routine, we can prevent adversary exploitation of critical information. This will ensure we can continue to remain a dominant force in air, space and cyberspace.

While recent events may have prompted an in-depth look at installation security measures, additional emphasis should also be placed on personal safety and security. Vigilance is another layer to a multi-layer approach at securing the installation. While we cannot discuss specific physical and procedural measures, we can educate our Airmen and the community about how to identify and report threat indicators and the impact they have on maintaining a safe environment.

When reporting suspicious activities to your respective Security Forces Squadron or the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), please take note of the size, activity, location, description of appearance, time, and equipment.

Examples of suspicious activity include:
• Someone recording or monitoring activities.
• People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations whether it’s through mail, internet or in person.
• Someone or an organization testing security by making attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
• Suspicious persons out of place, could be people who don’t seem to belong in a workplace, neighborhood, business establishment or anywhere else.
• Witnessing people in suspicious locations, mapping out routes and/or monitoring the timing of traffic lights.
• People acquiring supplies, such as purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition, timers or detonators. Other examples of supplies include uniforms, badges, flight manuals, or any other controlled items.

Please report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement:

422nd SFS BDOC for RAF Croughton, RAF Fairford, and RAF Welford and RAF Barford St John: DSN 236-8607 or Commercial 01280-708607.

423rd SFS BDOC for RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth: DSN 268-2400 or Commercial 01480-842400.

426th ABS Host Nation Guard Section TOC for Stavanger, Norway: DSN Phone Number: +47 5134 3255

The Office of Special Investigations: DSN 268-3369, Commercial 01480-843369 or After hours, AFOSI can be reached through your respective SFS BDOC.

If you are off base and in the United Kingdom, you can report suspicious activity by dialing 999.

I want to thank all of you for your cooperation and contributions to the security and safety of our base community and the local community.