SAC aircraft security developed out of the need to secure nuclear loaded aircraft and other priority A resources. Many tales of security police counting rivets on aircraft and other exploits have come from this sometimes thankless but necessary area of the Security Police career field.
Aircraft and Weapons Storage Area security was laid out in AFR 207-1 Air Force Physical Security Program which was replaced with Air Force Instruction (AFI) 31-101 The Physical Security Program. All flights and security for priority resources were subject to this regulation. We have listed below the major posts that were required.
Flight Leaders oversee supervision of each flight.
• Manage the basic operative and administrative functions of the element.
• Assume the duties of absent element leaders or serve as element leaders if none is authorized.
Squad Leaders directly supervise and train:
• Fire team (FT) leaders.
• Squad specialists such as Entry Controllers and Security Controllers.
Area Supervisors serve as senior security force members assigned to specific restricted areas
Entry Controllers (EC).
ECs control entry to restricted areas.
Assistant Entry Controllers:
• Search vehicles and personnel.
• Help the EC at a restricted areas containing nuclear resources.
Close Boundary Sentries (CBS).
CBSs guard restricted area boundaries or priority resources that aren't protected with exterior IDS.
Close-in Sentries (CIS).
CISs control entry and guard approaches to close-in areas that contain nuclear resources or aircraft designated priority A resources.
Immediate Visual Assessment (IVA) Sentries.
IVA sentries watch exterior Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) that the MSCFO can't see because of poor visibility or blind zones.
Master Surveillance Control FacilityOperators (MSCFO).
• Assess exterior IDS by line-of-sight or using closed-circuit television (CCTV).
• Control entry into structures, alert shelters, and individual resources.
• Act as a subordinate control center for security forces posted during normal operations.
Security Response Teams (SRT).
SRTs consist of 2 security force members who can tactically respond within 5 minutes to priority resource emergencies.
Alarm Response Teams(ART).
ARTs consistof 2 security force members dedicated to a restricted areato respond immediately if possible, but no longer than 5minutes, to alarms or incidents. ARTs may work in single-person mobile patrols.
Alarm monitors control entry into alarmed storage structures, alert aircraft shelters and
Security controllers direct security forces during normal and emergency security operations.
Alert Fire Team (AFT).
AFTs consist of 4 security force members dedicated to nuclear resources. Until dispatched, AFT members remain in hardened AFT facilities provided within their assigned restricted areas.
Mobile patrols consist of asecurity force member dedicated to a specific restricted area or individual resource. The mobile patrol must watch over assigned resources and respond to alarms and incidents..
Mobile Fire Teams (MFT).
Consist of 4 security force members on a FT or any combination of SRTs, ARTs, and mobile patrols.
• Respond to situations involving priority resources.
• May work in smaller teams.
Remote Display Area Operator.
Remote display area operators support MSCFOs by monitoring remote display areas for restricted areas containing nuclear weapons.