About Lindsey Ferris
Jan. 13, 2013
On Sunday, January 13 the George Washington gymnastics team will open its 2013 competition schedule by hosting the annual Lindsey Ferris Invitational. The Colonials will welcome East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL) rival North Carolina along with Penn, Temple and Cornell Charles E. Smith Center.
Now in its sixth year, the Lindsey Ferris Invitational is named in memory of the former GW gymnast who passed away in January 2006. Ferris was a four-year performer on the gymnastics team and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Communication in 2001. She continued her graduate studies at GW, serving as a Presidential Academic Fellow (PAF) while earning her Masters in Forensic Science in 2003.
In the short time between earning her masters and her untimely passing, Lindsey achieved great success, realizing a life-long dream of becoming a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). She was based in Spangdahlem, Germany, working as Chief of the Detachment Threat Information Cell. Ferris was responsible for all counterintelligence activities, liaison with security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies and force protection and special investigative support to Air Force units in United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and United States European Command (USEUCOM) and on-call nations in Eastern Europe and Africa.
During her assignment in Germany, she was the lead agent in a large number of criminal investigations, including a landmark case which ultimately affected the entire enlisted corps of the United States Air Force. Her work in counterintelligence directly resulted in the enhanced security of Spangdahlem Air Base as it postured against threats of terrorism, hostile foreign intelligence and international organized crime.
She deployed to forward locations from her air base on two occasions, supporting exercises and contingency operations with investigative and counterintelligence service in such places as Spain and Lithuania.
One week prior to her death, unknown to Lindsey, her Commanding Officer received notification that Lindsey was selected as the Junior Civilian Special Agent of the year for 2005 by the 51st Field Investigations Squadron, encompassing Air Force Office of Special Investigations installations throughout the United Kingdom, Germany and Northern Europe.
Prior to the inaugural Invitational in 2007, the GW gymnastics team established the "Attitude is Everything" Award in her memory. The award is presented to the Colonials gymnast who most exemplifies Lindsey's vibrant spirit for live, sincere passion for her sport and selfless dedication to her team.