Tinker's AFOSI Det. 114 hosts 16th annual pistol competition
By Brandice J. O'Brien, Tinker Public Affairs
/ Published May 17, 2013
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla --
Armed with duty weapons and their eyes focused on the targets, roughly 70 shooters participated in the 16th annual Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 114 pistol competition. Though trophies and bragging rights were at stake May 10, several participants said they were more interested in the camaraderie.
Held at the 72nd Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training firing range, 14 teams representing local, county, state and federal law-enforcement agencies participated in the contest. Agencies represented included the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, AFOSI Det. 114, 72nd SFS, Choctaw Police Department and Oklahoma City Police Department with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Oklahoma City Division winning the overall competition.
"This is a formal liaison event that allows us to mingle with our counterparts," said AFOSI Special Agent Bryan Trulson, event organizer. "The pistol competition allows us to keep good working relationships with law-enforcement agencies and enables us to continue to do our job and support Tinker."
Organized into heats of 25 shooters at a time, five-member teams participated in several events with distances ranging from 3 to 15 yards. Scores were tallied by the Air Force Audit Agency. Trophies were rewarded to individuals from teams who placed first, second and third. A larger traveling trophy was given to the team who performed best overall. The FBI will keep it for the year and return it at next year's competition.
"It's a good time," said Jim Finch, special agent in charge of the FBI Oklahoma City Division, who has participated in several AFOSI Det. 114 pistol competitions. "I come for the camaraderie. These are our law-enforcement intelligence community partners and it's just good for business and our relationship with the Air Force. Plus, we just enjoy each other's company."
Joe Slawinski, assistant to the special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service Oklahoma City Office, agreed.
"It's good to network and we enjoy getting a day out of the office," he said. Mr. Slawinski has participated in six of the competitions.