SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Air Force Security Forces Airmen aren’t just cops; they’re
For a long time I took their work for granted and
never fully understood the scope of what they deal with to keep us safe every
day. If you stay out of trouble -- like I try to -- then you only see Security
Forces when you’re driving through the gate, when they pop in for a random
building check, or if you’re facing a crisis and really need them for support.
Not many outsiders see what it’s like to be a cop on a daily -- or nightly --
Most of my early Air Force career, I never put much
thought into it. In fact, most days as I get ready for work, I’m caught up in a
mindless routine until I’ve arrived at work and finished my coffee.
Every day after I wake up, I start brewing my coffee
while I give my dog her breakfast. I then clean up and swiftly throw my uniform
on, grab my work bag, bid my pup farewell and start my drive to work; all completely
mindless and stuck in the routine.
Driving to work is rather monotonous too as I mostly lose
myself in my favorite songs while I choke down some still-piping-hot coffee or get
caught up with today’s topics on the morning talk show.
Recently, it’s been different. This week I chose to stop,
shut off the radio and spend some time with myself in thought.
As I approached the Sheppard Air Force Base gate on my
way to work, I thought, “Security Forces Airmen are the first military people I
see every single day.” When I really thought about it, I began to see that
often times, they do the smallest things which bring so much joy and positivity to my
Perhaps it’s a simple greeting, or maybe a brief corny
joke and an exchange of laughter. In either case, it’s the cops who contribute to my positive mornings and I am
grateful for it.
Within the last two years, I’ve become well acquainted
with the 82nd Security Forces Squadron and had the opportunity to see some of
the challenges they face on a daily basis.
They train all the time, they work all the time and they
are always ready. They fight two wars: one overseas and one here at home
keeping us all safe.
This week I took a moment to reflect and think about our
military police in honor of National Police Week. I’m grateful for all the
little things (like greeting me as they check my ID) and all of the big
things they do (like ensuring our base and Airmen are safe and secure every day).
Without our defenders, our Air Force would cripple. We wouldn't fly, we wouldn't fight, and we wouldn't win. So thank you Security Forces Airmen. Thank you for everything you do to ensure we can continue to be the worlds greatest Air Force. Whether it’s a Security Forces Airman greeting me at the gate, or a defender
saving someone’s life from a real world threat, they are all heroes to me.
My heart goes out to all of the families and friends of
law enforcement officers whose loved ones paid the ultimate sacrifice in order
to keep our jets in the air and our Airmen and assets on the ground safe.