CSAF 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 33rd AFSFA National Meeting registration packets will be mailed and emailed out on 15 July. Members who receive the Security Forces Magazine in paper will get their registration packets in the mail. Those who receive the magazine by email will also receive their registration packet  but electronically.

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 tour of a local whiskey distillery.

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 we will celebrate the Security Forces Museum’s 40th Anniversary with a brief retreat and presentation 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.

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.

 

Statue That Pays Tribute to Female Vets on Display at Security Forces Museum

(Original article written by Rosalie Rayburn, Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer, 8 April 2018 and republished in the May-Jun 2018 Security Forces Magazine, pages 16-17.)

MSgt (ret) Judy Quintana escorted the Security Forces statue that pays tribute to female veterans to the Security Forces Museum on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on 2 January 2019 where it will remain non display until 24 April. who advised that she dropped off her "Woman Warrior" sculpture today at the SF Museum where it will stay until 24 April. After which the sculpture will next move to the AF Armament Museum at Eglin AFB for 3 months.

Quintana loved the 23 years she spent in the U.S. Air Force, believes passionately that women should get more recognition for their military service. She felt so strongly, that she decided to spend $23,000 of her savings to commission a life-size statue of herself in uniform. The “Woman Warrior” statue made by master sculptors Brett Chomer of Santa Fe and Quintana’s brother, Matthew Quintana, had its first public display March 10 at the dedication ceremony for the Women Veterans Monument in Las Cruces, NM.

Quintana, 47, a member of the Jicarilla Apache tribe, grew up in Dulce and Santa Fe. She went into the Air Force in 1988 at age 17 and chose security work because she could be outside. That path took her through basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, to guarding an intercontinental ballistic missile facility at Whiteman AFB in Missouri. Next came a stint at RAF Alconbury, in England.

Triple-amputee Veteran’s GoFundMe to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall Has Raised Over $5 Million in 3 Days

By: J.D. Simkins , Military Times, 20 December 2018

 

President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California, earlier this year. A Purple Heart recipient has started a GoFundMe drive with the goal of paying for wall construction. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

 

An airman who survived the most catastrophic war wounds in the service’s history has started a fundraiser — with a goal of $1 billion — in an effort to pay for the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

 

Brian Kolfage, a triple-amputee Purple Heart recipient, started the GoFundMe account, “We The People Will Fund The Wall,” amidst ongoing deliberations on how the border wall, a campaign promise of President Donald Trump, will actually be funded.

 

Trump most recently stated it will be U.S. troops who are tasked with building the wall if Democrats refuse to fund the project, a notion the president emphasized over a series of Dec. 19 tweets discussing border security.

 

Kolfage, meanwhile, had enough of the delays resulting from back-and-forth funding discussions, and decided to encourage the American public — specifically those who voted for President Trump — to pay for the controversial project.

 

“If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall,” Kolfage wrote on the fundraiser page. “That equates to roughly $5 billion, Even if we get half, that’s half the wall. We can do this.”

 

Donations have been pouring in since Kolfage started the fundraiser three days ago, already generating more than $5 million from a total of more than 82,000 donors.

 

Kolfage says 100 percent of the donations will go toward wall construction, and that a point of contact within the Trump administration has been made to secure "where all the funds will go upon completion.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Kolfage family. (Photo courtesy of Ashley Kolfage)

 

 

 

 

In the event the goal — or a total sum in the neighborhood of the goal — is not reached, Kolfage says every donor will receive a full refund.

“This won’t be easy, but it’s our duty as citizens,” he says.

Kolfage became the most catastrophically wounded airman to survive his injuries when, while deployed to Iraq on Sept. 11, 2004, a 107mm enemy rocket impacted just three feet away from him.

Both of his legs were instantly shredded, he lost his dominant right hand and his lung collapsed.

Medics would go on to perform hours of life-saving surgery before placing Kolfage on a flight to Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, where he arrived only 36 hours after being wounded — the fastest medevac to the U.S. from a war zone in history.

Kolfage completed rehab and walked out of the hospital only 11 months after being wounded.

“As a veteran who has given so much — three limbs — I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,” he wrote on the fundraiser page.

A donation of this scale to fund a federal project may be unprecedented, but it would not mark the first time the government has accepted large contributions from private donors.

Billionaire David Rubenstein, co-founder of the Washington-based private-equity firm, the Carlyle Group, donated nearly $40 million between restoration and preservation projects on the Washington Monument, the Marine Corps War Memorial’s Iwo Jima sculpture, President James Madison’s historic Virginia residence, Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House and the White House Visitor Center.

J.D. Simkins is a writer and editor for Military Times who was a Marine scout observer from 2004-2008. He ugly cried when the Washington Capitals won the 2018 Stanley Cup.

As of 0900 hours 20 December 2018 more than $11,661,495 had been raised. Most of our readers also know Brian is a Security Forces Defender.

"AFSFA note: The effort raised over $20 Million from 325,000 plus donors by 11 January 2019. Due to the federal governments inability to currently accept the funds there are now new options open to those who donated so their donations can continue to support the wall. The link below clarifies the options available. Brian and his highly experienced team have pushed on undeterred. https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall  "

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