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VN War Commemoration to Conduct Intervie…

14-08-2019 Hits:100 Guardmount/News

VN War Commemoration to Conduct Interviews at AFSFA National Meeting

The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration (50th Anniversary) will be conducting oral history interviews at the DoubleTree San Antonio Airport during the week of September 23-27. The mission of the Commemoration is to assist our Nation in thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families, the fallen, those who were held as Prisoners of...

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Air Force Announces the 12 Outstanding A…

06-08-2019 Hits:175 Guardmount/News

Air Force Announces the 12 Outstanding Airmen of 2019

By Kat Bailey, AFPC Public Affairs, 23 July 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Air Force officials have selected the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2019.

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force’s Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force...

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341st Training Squadron Reunion

15-07-2019 Hits:439 Guardmount/News

341st Training Squadron Reunion

I am currently planning a K-9 reunion to be held at the MWD Memorial (Lackland AFB parade field) on 14 September 2019 at 1300 hours. I have extended the invitation for this gathering to include all branches of the military services, all members of the 341st MWD Training Squadron and the Veterinary Services of the USA. The invitation is for both current MWD personnel and retired. The gathering at...

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HONOR AND RESPECT!

11-07-2019 Hits:320 Guardmount/News

HONOR AND RESPECT!

 

Ron Slagle, a prior USAF Defender and now Police Corporal at Marion, Iowa Police Department, decided he wanted to fill a very recently created void in the sneaker market … and he wanted to do it in such a way to not only Honor and Respect police officers but also to help them. So he did just that by designing a new sneaker that you can preorder here https://honor-respect.com/

The site also features some good looking ball caps and shirts yo...

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From the Security Forces Directorate

05-07-2019 Hits:1323 Guardmount/News

What We Hold Sacred Part 2

By BGen Andrea D. Tullos

 

It’s been nearly two years since I wrote about “What We Hold Sacred” as Defenders. Since that time we’ve been busy reconstituting our forces, reflecting on what the new National Defense Strategy demands of us, and reconnecting with our heritage. We’ve had tremendous support from our Air Force leadership who inspire us every day to enhance our capabilities as leaders of the Air Force’s ground combat forces and who ha...

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MILO RANGE INSTRUCTOR WANTED

24-06-2019 Hits:874 Guardmount/News

MILO RANGE INSTRUCTOR WANTED

This position is responsible for providing training to our Law Enforcement, Government, Military and International customer base. The MILO Instructor position is a very diverse position, and will be responsible for training our customers on the use of our Use-of-Force simulator. The instructor is autonomous and is often out on a training site or service location with no direct support and must be prepared to adapt to overcome any situation, succes...

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Hardware, Software, Training Reshaped as…

21-06-2019 Hits:376 Guardmount/News

Hardware, Software, Training Reshaped as Part of ‘Year of the Defender’ Initiative

By Nick DeCicco, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs, Travis AFB, CA, 19 June 2019

The Air Force has undertaken a comprehensive effort to revitalize and reconfigure its security forces squadrons during the past year with the Reconstitute Defender Initiative.

 

Airman 1st Class Christopher Shaffer, 60th Security Forces S...

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11th Security Forces Group Defenders Sup…

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11th Security Forces Group Defenders Support National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil

By Joseph L. Rector

On 13 May 2019, members of the 11th Security Forces Group and the National Capital Region – Maryland Chapter, represented the Air Force as part of the Honor Cordon for the arrival of the family members of those fallen police officers being memorialized. Master Sergeant Jeremy Graves, Master Sergeant Samuel Warren and Staff Sergeant Darius Jones-McGee participate...

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Get Ready for the 2019 Chapter of the Ye…

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Get Ready for the 2019 Chapter of the Year Competition

 ATTENTION, CHAPTER CHAIRS: The deadline for submitting your Chapter of the Year package to the San Antonio headquarters is rapidly approaching. The submission deadline is 30 July 2019 and the nomination forms are online at the AFSFA web site "Members", then "Members Documents" then "AFSFA Chapter Recognition Program." All of the rules and processes remain in place from the 2019 competition. The AFSFA vice president and regional d...

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AF Director of Security Forces Attends A…

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AF Director of Security Forces Attends Air University Press Book Launch

By Air University Press, Air University Press, 20 May 20, 2019

Volume 2 of Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency fills in some of the gaps from the first book and brings in the perspective of some notable general officers, Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents, security forces officers, an Army infantry officer and a member of the airlift community. (Image courtesy of Air Univers...

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I am a Security Forces member,
I hold allegiance to my country,
devotion to duty and personal
integrity above all.

I will wear my badge
of authority with dignity and restraint,
and will promote by example
high standards of conduct,
appearance, courtesy,
and performance.

I seek no favor
because of my position.
I perform my duties in a firm,
courteous, and impartial manner,
irrespective of a person's
color, race, religion, national
orgin or sex.

I strive to merit
the respect of my fellow Airmen
and all with whom I
come in contact.

It may have had its origin back as far as the Revolutionary War, this bond that ties us so firmly together. But, whenever it started, it developed slowly through the years, forged in adversity, strengthened by danger, tried by endless hours of mind numbing boredom, honed by the terror of battle, and brought to fruition by the exhilaration of our achievements.

It withstood the bitter years of World War II, the frustrations of Korea, and the agony of Viet Nam; reveled in the revival that began with Grenada and Panama; stood steadfastly through the long grinding years of the Cold War; and blossomed brilliantly in the sands of Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. It is a gem hidden in the folds of brotherhood that, in a larger sense, binds together all who have ever served beneath our country’s colors. It is unique to us, the men and women of the United States Air Force Security Police (Forces). 

Because of it, we have a special sense of pride in our calling, in our comrades, and in ourselves. Down deep we know that our standing on the stone, enduring the bite of the “Old Hawk,” or sweltering in the sun; our suffering the benign neglect of those who should have known better; our fighting desperately in a jungle, on a frozen hill, or in burning desert sand; or our going quietly in harm’s way while those we guarded slept made a difference.

But, why is this bond so different—so unique? It is because we cared for each other in a special way. From the youngster standing his first post to the highest-ranking noncommissioned officer and officer, we had a special place in our hearts for all who wore the shield. 

That caring spanned the great diversity of our duties, tied us together in the face of adversity, and made us a family in the truest sense. Because of it, there was always a helping hand, a word of comfort or encouragement, a boost when the going got tough, and a friend when one was needed. It endures forever and, because of it, we are never alone. How fortunate we are to share in this bond—The Bond of the Blue Beret.

William R. Brooksher

BGen USAF (Ret)

(Adopted as the official prayer in 1980)                                   

Lord, you have called us to be guardians of a nation founded on Your principles.
Whatever our tasks as Security Force men and women, we do them to serve You and our nation.
We are proud to accept the responsibility of this high calling.
We dedicate ourselves to our vocation, and ask for guidance and courage
in aiding our people to live with dignity, in safety and peace.
We know true security comes from your presence, so we pray with the Psalmist:
You bless those who obey You, Lord; Your love protects them like a shield.
Use us, O Lord, as shields for Your people, reflecting Your security and peace.

 

The origin and the authorship of the official Security Forces prayer may be of interest to the Association members. The author is our Executive Director, Colonel (ret) Jerry Bullock. In 1980 when he wrote the prayer, he was serving with BGen WIlliam R. Brooksher as the deputy commander of the Air Force Office of Security Police, the #2 job in the career field. Colonel Bullock is an ordained minister, and he approached the General to get permission to write a prayer that could be used at Security Police (now Forces) functions.

Since the formation of the United States Air Force in 1947 the Air Force Air Police/Security Police/Security Forces have defended Air Force bases and installations around the world.

Beginning with the Korean conflict, it became clear that the USAF needed the capability to defend its aircraft and other resources around the world. For the lack of this basic skill, bases were lost in the early days when the North Koreans invaded South Korea.

The Air Base Defense School was established at Parks AFB, California. Peacetime returned and the lessons were soon forgotten -- until 1965 when US Airmen and aircraft once again came under attack, this time in Vietnam. With little previous training and largely trained in the field, the Air Police/Security Police acquitted themselves well, maintaining the integrity of ten air bases until the USAF left Vietnam.

USAF Security Forces are charged with maintaining order and insuring the security of USAF resources around the world, including the majority of our nation's nuclear sites. In every conflict our Security Forces members have entered into the fray, defending the bases and/or other resources while at the same time maintaining law and order on the installations.

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SF Magazine Jul-Sep 2019

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  • Vandenberg AFB Utilizes Unique Horse Patrol
  • 2018 Security Forces Unit & Individual Award Winners
  • AFSFA-Security Forces Foundation Scholarship Funds
  • Where is that Defender now?
  • Eagle Chapter Hosts Captain Maisey Recognition Ceremony
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Membership is open to anyone who has served honorably in the Army Air Corps MPs, Air Police, Security Police, or is now serving in the Security Forces career field--or that component of the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves, IMAs, or DoD police officers. As the only professional organization serving all Air Force Security Forces from all eras and wars, we have membership levels for all whose Bond of the Blue Beret runs strong. See available Memberships.

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