Eagles Nest Airport Selected as Site for Air Force Counterterrorism Training
A Fort Dix-based Air Force unit called Detachment 1 has partnered with Eagles Nest Airport in Eagleswood in the interest of using the facility to train airmen in conducting security assessments in a “schoolhouse” setup wherein all students are members of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Capt. Stewart Hawkins, commander of the Detachment 1 unit, wrote to airport owner Peter Weidhorn in December, thanking him for his support.
“As the Air Force’s only counterintelligence training center, our job is to train Airmen with the skills necessary to conduct investigations, operations, and collections in support of counterintelligence and counterterrorism focuses for the Air Force.”
The security assessments written in training locations are used to aid military commanders in their decision-making at all levels (strategic, operational, tactical) of military planning. The “vital training function” outlined in the letter “ensures our Airmen are well equipped to provide support and security to military operations worldwide that keep our nation secure.”
The course is led by Anti-Terrorism Specialty Team Course Director Travis Hayes.
The security assessments conducted and written at Eagles Nest are “for training purposes only and will not be disseminated beyond the Air Force’s Special Investigations Academy, our parent unit and credentialing authority, in accordance with the Privacy Act, Department of Defense Directives and classification restrictions.”
The work of the students, who are credentialed federal agents, will not interfere with the airport’s normal activities. —V.F.