What to Expect at Your 2019 AFSFA National Meeting

If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this year’s in San Antonio would be a great place to start! The 33rdth annual AFSFA National Meeting is shaping up to be one to remember. So let me see if I can entice you to join us this September with a general outline.

As in the recent past, we will be based at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport, 37 NE Loop 410 (at McCullough), San Antonio, Texas, 78216 from 25-29 September 2019. You can make reservations by calling (210) 366-2424 and be sure to identify yourself as being with the “Air Force Security” to get the meeting rate. You can also go online at: http://tinyurl.com/y5k2rov4 . The room rates are guaranteed up to 25 August 2019, after that they may not be available.

The room rate is $119.00 plus tax, for single, double, triple or quad occupancy in each room and includes a full complimentary hot breakfast, free parking, free Wifi and complimentary airport shuttle service as well as service within a three-mile radius of hotel. Individuals may also book addition days up to three days before and three after the meeting dates (25-29 Sep) at that rate but you must call the reservation phone number listed.

The relatively new Wednesday small batch tour on 25 September for 14-28 folks, will include a guided tour of the five San Antonio missions to include the Alamo, a patio lunch at the Institute of Texan Cultures followed by tasting room tours of three local whiskey distilleries.

Thursday morning options include: the early morning golf tournament or the three, free professional security training seminars worth continuing education credits. Certificates will be provided and the seminars are free to members and Defenders in the San Antonio area. You will want to arrive Wednesday evening for either event.

Members will start picking up their registration packets in the hotel lobby Thursday at 1600 and the Meet and Greet Social will start at 1800.

Both Friday and Saturday morning General Membership Meetings typically run from 0800 to 1200ish hours and are open to members, spouses and guests. Following the Friday morning session there will be a tour to Camp Bullis and the Security Forces Museum and the buses will get folks back to the hotel around 1800. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are open with no events planned.

Our Annual Banquet is on Saturday evening and starts at 1800 and is full of great food and unbeatable fellowship. At 0800 on Sunday we gather and pause to remember our Fallen Defenders and then … we reluctantly say our goodbyes until the next year.

Throughout most of the weekend there is a hospitality room in the hotel for all to relax in and enjoy … also known as the “war story room” and you want to make sure you don’t leave home without your coin! But just in case you did or you want to start your Christmas shopping early or you need something new for your “I love me wall” …. the AFSFA Country Store and most of the chapters will have lots of memorabilia for sale.

AFSFA will mail detailed registration packets to all AFSFA members in late July.

Hope to see you’all there!

Air Force's Newest Security Forces Colonels!!!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel. Well done Defenders!!

 

 

 

 

 

Steven D.Bauman

 

James M. Clark

 

Ian M. Dinesen

 

Kathy L. Jordan

 

Peter J. Lex

 

James H. Masoner, Jr.

 

Anthony S. McCarty

 

James K. Meier

 

Thomas E. Segars, Jr.

 

Melissa L. Youderian

 

Year of the Defender

By BGen Andrea D. Tullos

The holiday season is upon us and that means those of you up north are wishing you were down south, and those of you down south are wishing all those northerners who managed to escape the cold would head back north – haha! Wherever you are reading this from, we hope you had a safe, happy holiday and that you had a chance to enjoy the spirit of the season with friends and family. It’s time now to get back after it – it’s the Year of the Defender. You read that right – it’s the Year of the Defender.

You may have heard that already since our Chief of Staff, General Goldfein made the announcement back in September. We still come across quite a few people who missed the announcement and even more who don’t really know what it means, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spread the word and make sure everyone understands that the Year of the Defender involves you too. Yes, you, the Airman who retired years ago; and you, the Airman who did one enlistment and then moved on to apply those skills to whatever you chose to do next; and you, the Airman who is a Defender today and thinks that means you’re good to go already – not so fast.   And what about your Wingman in the civil engineering squadron who teaches other Airmen how to wear their chemical gear? Yes, them too--and a whole lot more.

I get asked regularly what “The Year of the Defender” means and I’m resistant to distill the explanation into 3-second sound bytes, slogans, or strings of catchy phrases that sound good but lack substance. Our Chief of Staff is asking us to spend this year rededicating ourselves as Airmen (big A) to the notion that our installations are our power projection platforms and if we don’t secure and defend these platforms, we will not be capable of projecting airpower, which is our reason for existing as an Air Force. For the retirees and veteran readers who are wondering why this is anything new and why we need to be reminded of this fact, I would offer that while this notion has existed since we were born as a Service in 1947, we are now faced with an environment where we make no distinction between how we operate overseas and how we operate in the homeland. The world is now smaller and while the term “in garrison” still remains a relevant construct when it comes to dispersed operations, forward operating bases, contingency operating bases, and main operating bases, we no longer make this distinction in terms of how we posture our defense forces to operate in our designated battle spaces. This presents challenges for us as we attempt to balance the need to distinguish the small unmanned aerial system that may be delivering that holiday gift to your door step from the system that may seek to conduct surveillance of our flight line operations or place our sortie generation timelines at risk while we clear the airspace. This presents challenges at our installation access control points as we try to distinguish the distracted driver whose Google Maps system is telling them to cut through the base they had no intention of entering from the foreign national who is attempting to “piggy back” onto the base during peak traffic when that Defender might be task saturated. While we don’t hesitate to engage our barrier systems when a vehicle blows past the gate at high speed, we also want our young Defenders at the perimeter to be able to exercise discretion when they observe that familiar elderly gentleman with the expired vehicle registration tags on the windshield of his now classic Pontiac slow crawl through the gate toward the Commissary as he does every Tuesday, where a traffic stop and verbal briefing will suffice. And while we consider what the new operating environment means for our Defenders, we are spending as much if not more time focused on what it means for the rest of the Defenders on the base – and that means everyone.

Those of us who have been around a while remember those major exercises and inspections – your sector received intelligence build up over 24-48 hours, some probing fire, your observation and listening posts spotted surveillance on the perimeter, and then the mortars came. Preparatory fires for what you knew was coming. Well, today those preparatory fires come in the form of malicious code and cyber attacks and your airfield operations are disrupted when the air tasking order is hacked, your critical spare parts are shipped to the wrong location because the enemy is inside your system, and your critical systems are pushed onto generator power because the grid was attacked. The Defense Force Commander’s tactical response force is not going to be of much assistance in these cases, so we reiterate that we’re all Defenders now. Changing our perception of preparatory fires is step one, and sensitizing everyone who has a role in integrated defense to report new categories of indicators and warnings are essential to keeping us prepared for what might come next.

The Year of the Defender is a combination of taking us back to our roots and growing new ones. We need to get better at old fashioned land navigation and terrain association because that GPS system might not be available. We need our partners across the base to let us know if any of their computer systems don’t seem to be working quite right. We need every unit to know how to kick on that generator they walk past each day on the way into their facility. And we need everyone to think, sense, and react as if they’re deployed to the most forward operating base, even if they’re stationed in the heartland of the USA.   And for those of you who put the beret on the shelf years ago, we need your help too. Pay attention when you’re coming through that entry control point—and let that young Defender know if you see something amiss. For those of you who come onto the base to hit the BX, Commissary, clinic, golf course, and all those other recreational facilities, remind yourself that you’re our force multiplier. Trust your instincts and let us know if something doesn’t seem right. Keep sharing your stories with those Defenders you run into – many of them have not deployed, most have not experienced a full blown operational readiness exercise, and only the crustiest of us can tell stories about what REFORGER exercises were like back in the day. Well, they’re starting to feel a little bit familiar.  

Yes, it’s the Year of the Defender. Let’s make it a year to remember.

Defensor Fortis!

 

U.S. Congressman Pushing Change To Block States From Banning Cops Carrying Guns

By Sandy Malone, 23 December 2018, Blue Lives Matter

U.S. Rep. Don Bacon plans to introduce important LEOSA amendments in the next Congress.

 

Washington, DC – A congressman from Nebraska is ready to introduce new amendments to the Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA) that will shut down lasting attempts by some states to limit the coverage of that law within their own borders.

 

U.S. Representative Don Bacon (R-Nebraska) introduced a few amendments to LEOSA that died with the end of the 115th Congress, but he’s already prepared with a bigger, better version.

 

“We have been made aware of various LEOSA abuses by states regarding implementation of this federal law and I will be introducing legislation in the 116th Congress to make improvements to LEOSA as identified by a coalition of law enforcement organizations,” Bacon told Blue Lives Matter.

 

Bacon’s proposed amendments will come as no surprise to many, particularly on the East Coast where states like New Jersey and New York have over-complicated routine travel for those specifically covered by LEOSA.

 

"Upon introduction, our changes to the LEOSA Reform Act in the 116th Congress will allow our law enforcement officers who have dedicated their lives to protect our communities, to continue doing so by extending their concealed carry privileges," the congressman said. "Allowing trained professionals with years of expertise to carry could allow them to respond more quickly to emergencies, and makes our communities safer."

 

"I know if I was in a crisis situation, I’d be relieved to have a retired officer near me who is trained and ready react safely," he said.

 

Bacon and his coalition seek to make the following changes:

 

1.Federal Gun Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) - The GFSZA currently does not permit carry for those pursuant to LEOSA even though possessing a state CCW permit does. Thus, having a state CCW means you can carry in school zones but carrying under LEOSA does not. We wish to revise the GFSZA to include an exemption for LEOSA.

 

2.State, Local, and Property Open to the Public, including Common Carriers - LEOSA currently does not override the prohibition of CCW carry on common carriers (e.g. city buses, subways, AMTRAK, etc.), nor does it override the ability of private property owners of otherwise publicly accessible property (e.g. shopping malls, stores, movie theaters, etc.) from prohibiting carry. We wish to revise LEOSA to allow qualified law enforcement officers (QLEOs) and qualified retired law enforcement officers (QRLEOs) to carry on common carriers and on state, local, and privately-owned property that is otherwise open to the public. (Courthouses and Law Enforcement facilities would continue to be restricted, as would carry for commercial airlines.)

 

3.National Parks - LEOSA currently does not permit carry in National Parks but having a state CCW permit does. We wish to revise LEOSA to specifically allow carry on all federally owned lands/properties that are otherwise open to the public.

 

4.Magazine size limitation - LEOSA currently provides an exemption from state/local restrictions on ammunition, but it does not provide an exemption from such restrictions on magazine size. Thus, one can carry hollow-point ammo under LEOSA even if it is prohibited by state/local laws, but LEOSA does not allow an exemption on magazine size limitations. We wish to revise LEOSA to also provide the magazine size exemption.

 

5.Qualification Issue - LEOSA certification currently requires annual qualification to the state standard for law enforcement or on the qualification standard of their former employing agency. This is a problem for those who reside in states for which there is no state standard for law enforcement, those states that have different standards for active versus retired law enforcement, and those states that prohibit their certified firearms instructors from qualifying retired officers. We seek to revise LEOSA to provide multiple options for meeting the annual qualification requirement and at the option of the state, extend the training requirement from every 12 months—to up to every 36 months.

6.Certain Federal Facilities – LEOSA currently does not allow carry in Federal civilian public access facilities. We wish to revise LEOSA to allow carry in a Facility Security Level I or II civilian public access facility (e.g. US Post Offices and Social Security offices, etc.) (Federal Courthouses would continue to be restricted).”

 

Bacon’s proposed amendments are broader than those that died with his last bill.

 

The new amendments address some specific issues that have come up in states that have sought to violate the spirit of LEOSA by restricting retired and active-duty officers carrying at will.

 

“Our coalition’s members, who are often retired law enforcement living in various states around the nation, are the individuals impacted by this law and notify us when they encounter problems with it,” Bacon explained.

 

The coalition backing Bacon’s proposed amendments is made up of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI (SFSAFBI/SFSAF), the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association (FLEOA), the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service (AFAUSSS), the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA), the National Organization of Police Organizations (NAPO), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), and the NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA).

 

The changes to LEOSA that Bacon and his coalition are proposing mostly serve as clarifications in what has become a never-ending effort to codify what the framers of the original bill had in mind when it was crafted.

 

The original LEOSA legislation passed in 2004 allowed "qualified law enforcement officers" and the "qualified retired or separated law enforcement officers" to carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with certain exceptions.

 

The initial law unintentionally left open for interpretation exactly which officers individual states deemed to be “qualified” under LEOSA, and what kind of ammunition they could carry.

 

So in 2010, amendments were passed that extended and defined the coverage and requirements, paving the way for a larger group of active-duty and retired officers to carry under LEOSA.

 

They also expanded the definition of a permitted firearm to include any ammunition not prohibited by the National Firearms Act of 1934, thus shutting down New Jersey’s attempt to limit the carrying of hollow-point bullets.

 

Congress further expanded LEOSA with amendments in 2013 that extended its coverage to active-duty and retired military police.

 

The bill Bacon intends to introduce in the new Congress addresses specific state issues, or conflicts in the law, that have arisen.

 

Most recently, a New Jersey law went into effect that limits the size of magazines to 10 rounds or fewer, and the state indicated it also applied to those carrying under LEOSA.

 

Bacon’s amendment would solve the issue by exempting LEOSA carriers from magazine-size restrictions.

 

Statue That Pays Tribute to Female Vets on Display at Security Forces Museum

(Original article written by Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer, 8 April 2018 and republished in the May-Jun 2018 Security Forces Magazine, pages 16-17.)

MSgt (ret) Judy Quintana escorted the Security Forces statue that pays tribute to female veterans to the Security Forces Museum on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on 2 January 2019 where it will remain non display until 24 April. who advised that she dropped off her "Woman Warrior" sculpture today at the SF Museum where it will stay until 24 April. After which the sculpture will next move to the AF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB for 3 months.

Quintana loved the 23 years she spent in the U.S. Air Force, believes passionately that women should get more recognition for their military service. She felt so strongly, that she decided to spend $23,000 of her savings to commission a life-size statue of herself in uniform. The “Woman Warrior” statue made by master sculptors Brett Chomer of Santa Fe and Quintana’s brother, Matthew Quintana, had its first public display March 10 at the dedication ceremony for the Women Veterans Monument in Las Cruces, NM.

Quintana, 47, a member of the Jicarilla Apache tribe, grew up in Dulce and Santa Fe. She went into the Air Force in 1988 at age 17 and chose security work because she could be outside. That path took her through basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, to guarding an intercontinental ballistic missile facility at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. Next came a stint at RAF Alconbury, in England.

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33rd National Meeting
San Antonio, TX
25-29 September 2019
DoubleTree SA Airport
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