Tenets of Defender Performance Optimization
By CMSgt Tamala L. Hartz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What if I told you we were creating a multi-pronged approach to improving the quality of life for our Defenders? For far too long we have focused efforts on equipment, vehicles, and weapons without investing in the system that operates all of these instruments to ‘Defend the Base’. Defenders are the most important aspect of executing the defense of our installations and through Defender Performance Optimization (DPO) we are restructuring multiple efforts into a single venture to invest in our Defenders like the Air Force does a weapons system. DPO is not a program, it is a shift in our Security Forces culture. The focus is to invest early and care for Defenders, so they can reach optimal performance daily in their lives and if needed on the battle field. DPO utilizes optimization related research and emerging technologies to create Defenders who can thrive in a complex, high-tempo environment, as well as succeed in their personal lives.

Every Defender will be introduced to the DPO culture immediately in tech training, followed by in our practices at every duty location. There will be a shift in our practices such as, at guardmount we will take time preparing our bodies for sustained wear of load bearing equipment, we will allow our Defenders to sit down and eat healthy options while posted, we will make time in the schedule for Defender based physical fitness, and we will have a predictable schedule to encourage work/life balance, just to name a few. All of this is great, but we need to share more on how we plan to achieve this optimization.

As a critical component of the Reconstitute Defender Initiative, DPO is using techniques to arm Defenders with the skills and tools needed to reach optimal performance in multiple areas. I will explain a little about some of them to give you an idea of how all of these efforts are linked to each other, and demonstrate when one is not right it will influence another. Collaborating with the Air Force Exercise Science Unit, we are currently developing a physical fitness regimen designed to off-set the physical challenges associated with Security Forces daily duties. This includes exercises and stretching to create the durability to do our job without long term physical impacts. We are also changing our physical fitness assessment to correlate with our operational requirements. This ensures our physical fitness capabilities are directly linked to our ability to perform our job. Next, working with the nutritionists, we are teaching our Defenders how to care for their bodies through eating and drinking the right stuff at the right time. Our Clinical Psychologist is focusing on mind tactics and the effects of central nervous system activation to prepare Defenders mentally for how they will react, feel and cope with the life of a Defender and exposure to stressful situations. Teaming up with the medical community and researchers, another key component of DPO is maximizing sleep and restoration to ensure clarity of thought and good judgment. These and many more aspects of DPO not only help our Defenders survive, but can catapult them to thrive in our community. I have replaced my photo with a visual aid that depicts the linked tenants of DPO.

Finally, our Air Force Senior Leaders recognize the need for this investment in our Defenders and have provided support, funding and commitment to making these efforts a reality. In closing, the amazing Airmen who choose to serve our great nation deserve the best possible efforts to not only make them great Defenders, but stronger and more capable Americans.

As always, thank you for what you do for our country, our Air Force, and our career field.

Security Forces General Officer Nominations & Moves

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Tullos is currently serving as the director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. Her next assignment is Commander 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, MS.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John T. Wilcox II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Wilcox is currently serving as the director, Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. His next assignment is Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) in San Antonio, TX.

Air Force Col. Roy W. Collins has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Collins is currently serving as the chief, Strategic Planning Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. His next assignment is director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia.

 

Congratulations to both of these Security Forces leaders! Well done Defenders!

USAF CoS to Speak at 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 33rd 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. General David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, has accepted our invitation to be our banquet keynote speaker.

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/email 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

 

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.

 

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