Maj Gen Thomas P. Sherman

Every year, National Police Week serves as a great reminder of the bravery, sacrifice, and dedication exhibited by law enforcement officers across the globe. It's a time to reflect on their unwavering commitment to safeguarding communities, often at great personal risk.

As we observe National Police Week on May 12 – 18, let us honor the men and women who selflessly serve and protect. National Police Week pays tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and honors those who continue to serve with courage and integrity.

The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15 will honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thousands of officers, families, and supporters will gather at noon on the west front of the U.S. Capitol to pay their respects to the 282 fallen heroes whose names were recently added to the memorial. The memorial honors federal, tribal, state, and local law enforcement officers.

At this year’s event, five fallen Department of the Air Force Defenders will be added to the memorial. Staff Sgt. John Thomas Self was killed by an improvised explosive device in Iraq on May 14, 2007, as he led his team on a joint police patrol with the local police. Airman Trinity Leeann Reinhart was killed on September 16, 2023, in an off-base single vehicle crash and was the passenger in the vehicle. Airman Reinhart was returning to base after a Nuclear Security Operation and following behind another Air Force vehicle.  Staff Sgt. Charles Lane Huskey, A1C Barry Holmes, and Senior Airman Donald Herman Heitkamp were killed in in a helicopter crash on May 29, 1986. The Defenders were assigned to the 45th Missile Security Squadron supporting nuclear security operations.

Additionally, Timothy Gerald, Deputy Director of Security Forces, will attend the 36th Annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall on May 13 on behalf of all Air Force Security Forces. The names engraved on the memorial are read aloud during the vigil.

National Police Week fosters community engagement and strengthens relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Law enforcement agencies often collaborate with military police forces to enhance base security. This partnership allows for the sharing of resources, intelligence, and expertise to address security challenges effectively.

“It's essential to recognize that supporting law enforcement extends beyond this designated week,” said Deputy Director Timothy Gerald. “This includes properly resourcing law enforcement organizations and advocating for reform within the criminal justice system – to build a safer society for all.”

Active duty, reserve, guard and civilian Defenders play a crucial role in base defense by providing security, enforcing laws, and responding to emergencies within and around military installations. These individuals work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law, protect the vulnerable, and ensure public safety.

In the past year, we implemented occupational medical examinations for Defenders and removed barriers to seeking mental healthcare in our career field’s retention standard. We continue to move forward with the Model Defender accession effort, identifying and classifying new enlistees with attributes aligned with the base defense mindset.

Additionally, the Female Defender Initiative (FDI) is fostering a culture where Security Forces women thrive and identifying opportunities to change policy in ways that benefit all our Defenders. Over the past year, the FDI Action Team has visited eight bases and met with Defenders across the Total Force, working to gather inputs, provide support, and ensure our Airmen know that they are heard and advocated for at the highest levels.

Our Civilian Security Forces implemented a mentorship program that aims to foster professional growth, networking opportunities, and knowledge exchange between experienced professionals and individuals who are eager to learn and grow in their respective fields. By participating as a mentor or mentee, they have had the opportunity to share knowledge, insights, and experiences with aspiring professionals, provide guidance and support to mentees as they navigate their career paths and expand their own network and build meaningful connections with fellow professionals.

“As we observe National Police Week this year, let us take a moment to express our gratitude to the brave men and women who selflessly serve and protect our communities,” said Maj. Gen. Sherman, Director of Security Forces. “Whether through a simple thank you, participating in local events, or advocating for positive change, let us stand in solidarity with law enforcement officers and honor their invaluable contributions to our society. Together, let us ensure that their sacrifices are never forgotten, and their legacy of service continues to inspire future generations.”


In the heart of every veteran lies a commitment to serve, a discipline unmatched by many, and a resilience that endures beyond the battlefield. Recognizing the value and potential of these qualities, Battle Tested Security, founded in 2016, transcends the traditional boundaries of a security firm to embody a noble cause: the empowerment and reintegration of veterans into civilian life. This Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business emerges not just as a provider of premium security services but as a beacon of hope and opportunity for veterans seeking a meaningful transition.

A Continuation of Service

With a workforce comprising 70% veterans, Battle Tested Security stands as a testament to the company's commitment to serving those who have served their country. By offering roles that utilize the unique skills and experiences of veterans, the company ensures that its mission extends beyond its security services. This blend of safety and hospitality does not just set a new benchmark in the security sector but also offers veterans a platform to continue their dedication to service in a new yet familiar environment.

Mission-Driven to Empower

At its core, Battle Tested Security is driven by a singular vision: to empower veterans. This is realized through a structured support system that emphasizes camaraderie and offers flexible employment opportunities. The aim is to facilitate a seamless transition from military to civilian life, recognizing the challenges this journey entails. Through this support, the company not only aids veterans in finding new purpose but also in achieving a sustainable work-life balance, highlighted by competitive pay, accrued paid time off, and various resources tailored for veterans.

Beyond Employment: A Holistic Approach

Understanding the multifaceted needs of veterans, Battle Tested Security offers an array of benefits and resources that cater to both personal and professional development:

  • Competitive Pay & Flexible Schedules: Acknowledging the importance of financial stability and personal time.
  • Veteran Resources: From benefit assistance and financial counseling to mental health support and programs for homeless veterans, the company provides a comprehensive support system.
  • Growth Opportunities: With initiatives like the Accelerated Leadership Program and Executive Development Programs, veterans have pathways to further their careers within the company.
  • Advanced Educational Assistance: Supporting continuous learning and skill enhancement.

A Nationwide Presence

Battle Tested Security's influence spans across major U.S. cities including Baltimore, Phoenix, Miami, Denver, Austin, Dallas, Washington D.C., and more. This wide-reaching presence not only signifies the company's growth but also its capacity to offer support and opportunities to veterans across the country.

In The Spotlight

The company's impactful mission and unique approach have not gone unnoticed. Featured in a Military Times article, Battle Tested Security's journey from a side gig to a full-fledged security company is a story of visionary leadership and steadfast dedication to the veteran community.

Join The Mission

For those interested in learning more about Battle Tested Security, exploring career opportunities, or supporting its mission, resources are readily available through the official website and social media channels.

Battle Tested Security is more than a company; it is a commitment to valor, a pledge to support, and a mission to empower. It stands as a shining example of how the skills and dedication of veterans can be harnessed for the greater good, ensuring that their service continues in new forms, long after their military careers have ended.




On 9 April 2024 the President of the United States nominated Colonel Brian Filler for the rank of Brigadier General.  

Colonel Brian A. Filler is the Director, Air Force Colonels Management. He leads the team coordinating personnel actions for over 4,000 Active Duty Colonels and Colonel selects for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services. He advises the Chief of Staff, Secretary of the Air Force, and senior leaders on assignments, retirements, professional education and development opportunities, and implements force management policies, long range plans, force analysis and joint officer management.

Colonel Filler graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. He previously commanded the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada and the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana where he also served as the Deputy Commander, 341st Security Forces Group. Additionally, he served as the Vice Commander, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. He completed staff tours as an Antiterrorism Officer at U.S. European Command, Chief, Nuclear Security Division on the Air Staff, and Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Colonel Filler deployed to Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and supported Operation INHERENT RESOLVE from Turkey. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Filler was Commander, 501st Combat Support Wing, RAF Alconbury, UK.

Assignment Incentive Pay to be Authorized for Airmen, Guardians Stationed at Extremely Cold Locations

Published April 2, 2024, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Effective April 1, the Department of the Air Force approved a new incentive pay for Airmen and Guardians assigned to qualifying bases in the U.S. where the temperature is expected to drop below minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cold Weather Assignment Incentive Pay is a single lump sum payment given to Airmen and Guardians after signing an agreement to serve a prescribed tour length of at least 12 months, depending on qualifying location. 

Instructors with the 354th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Training and Maintenance unit oversee airmen preparing to fire an M-249 squad automatic weapon at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Jan. 9, 2020. (Beaux Hebert/U.S. Air Force)

Locations that meet this threshold include Minot and Grand Forks Air Force Bases and Cavalier Space Force Station in North Dakota, Clear Space Force Station, Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, as well as Malmstrom AFB, Montana. 

“Airmen and Guardians living in extremely cold conditions faced unique out-of-pocket costs,” said Alex Wagner, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. “In addition to the assignment and retention benefits of the pay, it also comes down to making sure we do our best to take care of our service members and their families stationed at these critical installations.” 

This payment intends to ease the financial burden of purchasing certain cold weather essentials, such as extreme cold weather gear, all-season and/or snow tires, tire mounts and alignments, engine block heaters and emergency winter car kits, as well as further incentivizing assignments.

Although AIP-CW is effective April 1, the first pay date is anticipated for July 1, 2024, meaning Airmen and Guardians who move to a qualifying location between April 1 and June 30 will receive payment retroactively. 

The amount of AIP-CW Airmen and Guardians are eligible to receive is based on criteria in the five pay levels outlined in the table below and is subject to change.


 This change follows the Department of Defense implementation of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which included language authorizing special duty pay for members based in cold-weather climate conditions and the FY24 NDAA, which clarifies the temperature parameters that qualify an area as a cold-weather location.

“We want to ensure Airmen, Guardians and their families have the resources needed to safely live and work in an extreme cold-weather environment,” Wagner added. 

  Air Force Security Forces: A year in review highpoints

By, Major General Thomas Sherman, Mr. Timothy Gerald, Chief Master Sergeant Donald Gallagher
Air Force Security Forces

Defender Family,

2023 was a fast-paced year for our Defender Family. Strategic competition was the central context for the future of air and space power; the Department of the Air Force is doing more than ever  to optimize for the strategic environment we face with a unique focus on deterring aggression against the United States, our allies and partners, and our interests. The drumbeat of change, brought on by our pacing competitor, across the strategic environment is allowing the threat to advance more dynamically than ever. This complex and evolving environment requires a different approach to guarantee our national security and livelihood. Therefore, we must change the way we think, fight, and modernize key capabilities to maintain our effective edge. We recognize the risk if we do not adjust course to meet our future obligations for our department and joint force to protect, defend, and project air power around the world. Strategic competition was present in 2023 and it will be the context for 2024 air and space power.

Defenders answered the call in 2023, culminating in groundbreaking events such as Defender Flag and a refocused Defender Challenge. The hard work across the SF enterprise delivered results both in our base defense operations and in our ability to shape and influence the work being done for the Agile Combat Employment scheme of maneuver. These events helped to demonstrate that with the right mindset and focus, SF is a combat-capable and lethal expeditionary force relevant for 2024 and beyond.

Below are a few areas that show the elements we are prioritizing for success:

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