James Penniston



“Rendlesham – Days of Future Past”

This is the detailed presentation of a first hand account by my team and I.  I was in charge of the USAF Response, on December 26th, 1980 which came to be known as the Rendlesham Forest Incident. The Rendlesham Forest incident is the most intriguing and best-documented UFO case in the world and is 2nd only to Roswell NM in terms of name recognition; however, in truth it is a far more significant event than Roswell. There is scarcely no other UFO case anywhere in the world which can boast such a large number of apparently highly credible witnesses on two separate nights, or such a wide variety of supporting evidence that includes physical traces and confirmation by two Air forces, the USAF and the RAF, an official memo confirming the events written by a high-ranking USAF officer, a real-time tape recording made during the second night of the sighting by the same USAF officer and many more. In this presentation, witness, experiencer and “first responder” and ultimately investigator, Technical Sergeant Penniston will share his experiences about the investigation of a craft-of-unknown-origin, located just outside RAF Woodbridge, England in December of 1980 where his team was the “First Responders” in the investigation of the craft. This case became to be known as the Rendlesham Forest Incident and is the most documented account in military history.


Jim Penniston USAF Security Forces/Retired, entered the Air Force in 1973 and served over twenty years active duty in the US Air Force. He was assigned to the Strategic Air Command Elite Guard in Omaha Nebraska, providing security for General Officers, Congressmen, Foreign Heads of States, and the President and members of his Cabinet. Penniston held key assignments throughout the world. Including service in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He wrote defense, security, counter-terrorism, and contingency plans for the USAF and NATO. Additionally, he provided security support for Air Force One, and other classified aircraft weapon systems. Penniston held for the majority of his twenty-year career, a U.S. TOP SECRET/BI/SCI and a NATO TOP SECRET COSMIC/ATOMAL security clearance. Sergeant Penniston and his team were “First Responders” to a security investigation of a craft-of-unknown-origin, located just outside RAF Woodbridge, England. In December 1980 that case, is known as the Rendlesham Forest Incident, and is the most documented account in military history. Jim is a frequent lecturer and presenter at numerous MUFON and other related events and conferences of similar subject matter. A speaker at two National Press Club events; His first responder’s account of the Rendlesham Forest Incident has been featured worldwide on numerous television and radio programs. In addition, Penniston has been a contributor to other books concerning this phenomenon.  His current book is the Rendlesham Enigma which he co-authored with Gary Osborn.  Is the most definitive book on the Rendlesham Forest Incident ever written and can be found on Amazon Spring of 2019.