United States Air Force Security Forces vehicles are known by their distinct livery. However, this livery has little nuances that are distinct at some bases. Below are examples of some of the differences in Security Forces vehicles.
The current main patrol vehicle for USAF Police is the Chevy Impala, at any given base you will observe a plethora of Chevy Impalas. There are two main designs for the impalas, a simplistic badge on door, POLICE on both front quarter-panels, and the traditional two horizontal blue lines with badge on door. Ford F-150 and Cheverolet Silverado's are also quite common, typically with the simplistic badge on door and "Security Forces" on the rear quarter panels.
The following gallery highlights many of the unique vehicles found throughout the Security Forces fleet. Joint-Basing as a popular consolidation cost-saving option has joined multiple branch law enforcement organizations together and created hybrid livery amongst the sharing organizations. Have a picture of a vehicle you think should belong here? Comment and send a message!
On November 20, 2014 the USAF Police Alumni Association unveiled i's new logo. The Board of Directors reviewed many submissions. The final four logo samples were vetted and the final logo was selected. There is a lot of thought and meaning in the new logo.
"The concept for this logo was created with the USAF Air Police, Security Police, Security Forces and CATM career fields in mind" said John Shanks, Founder and Co-Chair of the association. Shanks continued "We started with the USAF Police Shield which has been the most common symbol of USAF Police. We then added the globe that signifies the places where USAF Police perform their duties worldwide. Behind the shield and globe is the sky that starts dark representing the night and lightens to the daylight, signifying that USAF Police are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We then put all of this into a traditional command crest that USAF Police Forces wore on their berets for decades. Finally we added our name to complete the logo."
The logo was first introduced to our Facebook members on Nov 20th at 5:00 PM (EST) and the response was overwhelmingly positive. More than 100 likes and 20 positive comments were made within the first 45 minutes of being posted. USAF Police Alumni Association member Randall Conrad was the 100th person to like the new logo and will receive a special gift from the association when the first items are made with the logo on it.
Within the first hour, CMSgt Lee Beausoleil (USAF retired) who suggested that everyone change their profile picture to the new logo until Monday, Nov 24th. Immediately people started changing their profile photo to the new logo including the entire board of directors.
Thanks Chief Beausoleil for your wonderful suggestion and your service to this great nation of ours.
Other comments on the Facebook Page include:
PH: Very Well Done! I like it and I'm a Life Member of AFSFA and served in the career field just shy of 30 years.
DB: Outstanding! Love the design. It will market itself on not only beret crests, but lapel pins/tietacs/hat pins, tshirts, coffee mugs, window stickers, etc. You are limited to your imagination!
LL: Now this is Awesome!
JR: Some good ole sp researchers got a great product.
"The association plans to make several logo items available, but it will take some time" said Greg Autry, Co-Chair of the Association." The Association plans to start with taking orders in early 2015 for one or two items, probably a challenge coin and beret crest for starters. As the association grows, it will use proceeds from the sale of these items to finance the website and association, but most importantly will create a charitable fund to help families of wounded and fallen USAF Police.
Please forward this email to anyone who loves the USAF and USAF Police and encourage your family, friends and colleagues to visit the USAF Police Alumni Association website to learn more about our great career field.
*** The USAF Police Alumni Association is an all inclusive association every individual who has ever served as a USAF Air Policeman, Security Policeman, Security Forces or Combat Arms Maintenance and Training Airman, NCO, Senior NCO or Officer. Our goal and mission is simple, to protect and preserve the proud history and traditions of the USAF Police career fields and to honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have served this great country of ours. We will maintain an online virtual USAF Police Museum and an online USAF Police Memorial, both can be found at www.usafpolice.org.
We do not claim to be the only group representing USAF Police and we recognize and honor all groups on Facebook or on the internet that honor USAF Police or any other veteran association. There is plenty of room for everyone and we appreciate each group for the work they are doing and the time and effort they are putting into representing the largest career field in the United States Air Force.
God Speed Defenders, thank you for your service and your dedication to duty. Semper Defender!
John E. Shanks (USAF retired)
Founder & Co-Chair
USAF Police Alumni Association
** Be sure to sign up for the USAF Police Alumni Association e-newsletter. The sign-up form can be found on our homepage.
Defense Consulting Services, LLC is excited to announce we have been granted permission from the Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC) to begin accepting LEOSA credential applications for all 926B and 926C eligible Air Police, Security Police, Security Forces and Department of the Air Force Civilian Police beginning on 1 Nov 14. For those 926C applicants who are applying under Medical Separation exceptions, you may still experience some delays in the processing of your application as the AFSFC continues to work with AF Surgeon General on solutions for those of you who are unable to find or garner access to an approved DoD medical provider. If you have received the required medical approval letter, continue to process your application as normal. Ultimately our goal is to provide timely and efficient services to our customers and we have appreciated your patience as we worked through challenges during our beta test.
MINOT, N.D. - About 15 Airmen of the North Dakota Air National Guard's 219th Security Forces Squadron will be spending tonight safe in their own homes after returning around 10:30 a.m. today from a deployment to Southwest Asia.
Read more: http://www.dvidshub.net/news/145123/security-forces-airmen-return-deployment-centcom#.VD_Jc_ldWSo#ixzz3GJa4pnOM
The USAF Police Alumni Association is honored to have added four brave airman to the USAF Police Alumni Association on-line Memorial. These four Security Police Airmen died in a helicopter crash near Whiteman AFB, Missouri.
On June 11, 1982, Whiteman AFB, lost six Airmen after their UH-1F Iroquois helicopter crashed in a rural area 30 miles south of Kansas City.
The two pilots from Detachment 9 of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery squadron, and four security policemen, from the 352nd Missile Security Squadron were providing security for a routine Air Force convoy transporting weapons system from Whiteman to a launch silo near Passaic, Mo. At the time, the UH-1 helicopter was one of four assigned to a military unit responsible of monitoring 50 of the Whiteman area missile silos.
See the airman's pictures at www.usafpolice.org/memorial.html
Read the whole story at http://www.usafpolice.org/charlie-fire-team-whiteman-afb-mo…
After Security Forces museum closing, Air Force police go online to preserve history
AIR FORCE TIMES - A small group of Air Force law enforcement alumni launched a virtual police museum and memorial Wednesday to help safeguard history they feared was in danger of being lost following the shuttering of the 35-year-old Security Forces Museum at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in August.
Budget cuts forced the closure of the base museum, where artifacts told the story of the Air Force’s largest career field and a Hall of Honor memorialized those killed in the line of duty in war and peace.
Officials have tried to assure present and former security forces airmen — known as air police and security police over the decades — that their proud history is not going anywhere. A yet-to-be-built enlisted heritage and character development center that would include those artifacts and memorials as well as represent other Air Force jobs could open as early as 2017. In the meantime, the museum is open for training and by appointment until the best exhibits are put on display at an interim facility sometime next year.
But none of that appeased many security forces alumni who said they felt blindsided — and marginalized — by the closing. Thousands joined a “Save the Security Forces Museum” Facebook page and signed a White House petition pleading for a reversal of the decision.
“My idea was let’s just create a new museum because we don’t know what’s going to happen to the artifacts,” said retired security forces Tech. Sgt. John Shanks, the virtual museum’s founder. “We really don’t need a building to have a museum in today’s virtual and digital world. We can do it online. By doing it online, it opens the doors to so many people to experience everything the police field has to offer.”
The purpose of the website is twofold: Document the history of the career field from World War II to the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remember the fallen, said the founder.
The new online memorial includes the names and dates — and in many cases the photos — of those killed.
“One of the things that’s gone that should never be gone is the security police memorial,” Shanks said of the mostly-closed base museum. “That to me resonated huge. These men and women who have died in the line of duty whether stateside or in combat — all of a sudden their memorial was closed and nobody could visit. If you had a colleague who died, you wouldn’t be able to visit that memorial or learn about their story in the museum.”
Two weeks after the closing, Shanks and five other security forces veterans purchased the domain name www.usafpolice.org and went quickly to work, downloading photos and images in the public domain.
Shanks enlisted in 1978 at age 17 as a security specialist. He retired in 1995 at Lackland, where he’d taught at the security police academy.
“It’s been a lot of fun for me to learn even more than I already knew about Air Force police history,” Shanks said. “The things that have happened since I retired, which is a lot, I’m learning about that, seeing how the young men and women that are in the Air Force are representing us and protecting our country and serving overseas and stateside. It’s pretty remarkable.”
Shanks and the rest of the six-member board put a call-out on Facebook for stories, pictures and video links to include in the virtual museum and memorial.
One story Shanks has received was from an airman who was on patrol with Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson, the first female airman killed in the line of duty in Iraq, on the day she died.
“It’s that person’s personal account of everything that happened that day. [The airman] did a great job honoring her service and sacrifice,” Shanks said. The story will soon go up on the website, which he described as a work in progress.
He hopes to get more like it. “If you want to send a photo or video or have a story, you can submit it right through the website. It’s also really important for us if we got something wrong, please let us know. We want to make sure we get it right,” Shanks said.
“Even now more than ever do we need a virtual museum and virtual memorial,” the founder said. “Our focus is to have more than just a picture and a name, to have stories and allow people to leave tributes and for families to be able to hear and read what their fallen airmen’s colleagues had to think about them. I felt that was very, very important.”
Others seem to think so, too, he said. The feedback so far has been positive; in the first hour of the website’s launch, it received more than 1,500 hits, Shanks said.
“The museum is gone away and we have to live with that,” he said. “Let’s take this bad and turn it into something positive. That positive is building a virtual museum.”
By Kristin Davis
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ::
The USAF Police Alumni Association is proud to announce that on today, Wednesday, October 8, 2014, we are officially making public and launching the USAF Virtual Police Museum and Memorial. The Alumni Association will protect and preserve the proud history and heritage for the men and women who have served the United States Air Force and heroically protect our bases and resources worldwide. This museum will tell the stories and traditions of the airmen who served as Air Police, Security Police and in Security Forces. The Memorial will forever honor the service and sacrifice of those who came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States of America.
SAN ANTONIO (MCT) -- The Security Forces Museum in San Antonio is modest and obscure, but when word got out that the Air Force had abruptly closed it, thousands of people around the country cried out in protest. Read More >
9/30/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 375th Security Forces Squadron began utilizing 20 newly trained augmentees at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois last week. Read More >
9/17/2014 - The Air Force is putting its money where its mouth is: Beginning Oct. 1, officers and enlisted personnel in its beleaguered nuclear missile force will get new financial incentives of up to $300 per month.
The move is part of the service’s effort to change the culture for personnel who operate some of the world’s most dangerous weapons, following a cheating scandal that embarrassed the Air Force earlier this year. Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced them Monday at the Air Force Association’s annual Air and Space Conference.
The move isn’t unexpected, but reaffirms that James and other senior Air Force leaders were serious about altering the way an assignment in the nuclear missile force is perceived by rank-and-file personnel. Air Force officials said in January that dozens of officers overseeing nuclear missiles at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana had been caught either cheating on a monthly launch proficiency test, or knew others who had and did not report them. At least 82 ultimately received some form of discipline.
In the weeks afterward, James and Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, chief of Global Strike Command, promised to do whatever they could to restore trust with the missileers. Many of them felt that their job, once high-profile during the Cold War, was now unappreciated. James touched on that again in announcing the incentives.
“People assigned to these demanding and exclusive nuclear positions take on an extraordinary amount of responsibility, workload and inspection rigor for the world’s most lethal weapons,” James said. “The nuclear mission is our number one mission and we’re going to compensate our airmen accordingly.”
The so-called Force Improvement Plan launched following the scandal also has scrutinized bomber squadrons and nuclear security forces units, which guard silos across the Midwest where the nuclear missiles are kept and manned.
In another change, the Air Force said recently that the security forces will get new camouflage uniforms, cold-weather equipment and “personal protective equipment that has been redesigned with the missile field mission in mind.” Rank-and-file airmen requested them, along with an upgraded fleet of vehicles that would be safer and more comfortable on the narrow, icy roads around missile sites. The vehicle request is still under review.
Article by: Dan Lamothe http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/09/17/following-scandal-air-force-sets-incentive-pay-for-nuclear-missile-force/
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