best_sf_units2015 AF OUTSTANDING SECURITY FORCES (SF) UNIT AWARD WINNERS

I AM EXTREMELY PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING UNITS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AS THE 2015 OUTSTANDING SECURITY FORCES UNIT AWARD WINNERS.  THESE AWARDS RECOGNIZE THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTIONS SECURITY FORCES UNITS AND THEIR PERSONNEL HAVE MADE TO THE US AIR FORCE.

A.  OUTSTANDING SF "AIR RESERVE COMPONENT" AWARD WINNER:  105 BDS, ANG, NEWBURGH, NY LED BY MAJ ALTA CAPUTO AND CMSGT MARC SOMMERS

B.  OUTSTANDING SF "SMALL CATEGORY" AWARD WINNER:  66 SFS, AFMC, HANSCOM AFB, MA LED BY MAJ JOSEPH BINCAROUSKY AND CMSGT GERALD NUNES JR

C.  OUTSTANDING SF "MEDIUM CATEGORY" AWARD WINNER:  19 SFS, AMC, LITTLE ROCK AFB, AR LED BY MAJ GREGORY BODENSTEIN AND CMSGT DONNIE BOLTON

D.  OUTSTANDING SF "LARGE CATEGORY" AWARD WINNER:  99 SFS, ACC, NELLIS AFB, NV LED BY LT COL JOSEPH RINGER AND CMSGT PAUL SCHAAF II

THESE AWARDS BRING MUCH DESERVED CREDIT TO THE AWARD WINNERS, THEIR INSTALLATIONS AND THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.  SINCERE CONGRATULATIONS GO TO ALL THE NOMINEES AND THE WINNERS FOR THEIR SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS.

 

ALLEN J. JAMERSON, Brig Gen, USAF
Director of Security Forces
DCS/Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection

CMSgt Jason L. France, current Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker AFB, OK has been selected to be the next Command Chief Master Sergeant, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Congrats Chief ... well done! HOOAH!!

cmsgt_franceCMSGT JASON L. FRANCE
Chief Master Sergeant Jason L. France is Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.  He is the senior enlisted leader for 3,700 enlisted personnel assigned to three air logistics complexes, three air base wings, two supply chain wings, and multiple remote operating locations worldwide.  He is responsible for the combat readiness, professional development and training, effective utilization, and health, morale, and welfare of all assigned enlisted personnel.  Additionally, Chief France ensures the strategic focus and synchronized efforts of 35,000 military and civilian Airmen and 75,000 personnel working in 140 associate units across the Sustainment Center's three bases.

Chief France was born in Oak Harbor, Washington and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1989.  He entered the Air Force in February 1990 and graduated the Law Enforcement Specialist Course in June 1990.  His background includes various duties in Security Forces and he has held numerous leadership roles at squadron, group, wing, sub-unified command, and air staff levels.  Before assuming his current position in June 2015, Chief France served as the Superintendent of the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

EDUCATION
1995 Airman Leadership School, Little Rock AFB, AR
2001 Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL
2004 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Lackland AFB, TX
2008 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL
2011 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Correspondence Course
2011 Chief's Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2013 Keystone Command Senior Enlisted Leadership Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
2013 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell AFB, AL
2014 Air Force Enterprise Perspective Seminar, Allan L. Freed Associates, Washington, D.C.
2014 Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management, Ashford University, Clinton, IA
2014 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2015 Air Force Forces Senior Staff Course, Hurlburt Field, FL

ASSIGNMENTS
1.  August 1990 -  November 1991, Military Working Dog Handler, 47th Security Police Squadron, Laughlin AFB, Texas
2.  November 1991 - November 1992, Military Working Dog Handler, 51st Security Police Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
3.  November 1992 - November 1994, Military Working Dog Handler, 24th Security Police Squadron, Howard AFB, Panama
4.  November 1994 - December 1998, Military Working Dog Handler, 314th Security Forces Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark. (June 1995 - September 1995, Military Working Dog Handler, Joint Task Force 160, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) (July 1997 - November 1997, Kennel Master, 4406th  Security Forces Squadron, Ahmed Al Jaber AB, Kuwait) (August 1998 - December 1998, Military Working Dog Handler, 4409th Security Forces Squadron, Eskan Village, Saudi Arabia)
5.  December 1998 - October 2002, Instructor, Military Working Dog, Security Forces Headquarters & Leadership, and Phoenix Raven Courses, 421st Ground Combat Readiness Squadron, Fort Dix, N.J. (December 2001 - February 2002, Army Liaison and Security Coordinator, 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron, Bagram AB, Afghanistan)
6.  October 2002 - October 2005, Force Protection Superintendent, Operations NCO, Headquarters, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C. (February 2003 - April 2003, Tactical Security Advisor, Joint Special Operations Task Force, United States Special Operations Command, Ar Ar AB, Saudi Arabia & Baghdad International Airport, Iraq) (May 2003 - September 2005, Multiple deployments in CENTCOM as Tactical Security Advisor and Operations NCO in support of Joint Special Operations Task Forces)
7.  October 2005 - November 2007, Flight Sergeant, Operations NCOIC, 822nd Security Forces Squadron, Moody AFB, Ga. (January 2006 - June 2006, Flight Sergeant, 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Kirkuk AB, Iraq) (May 2007 - November 2007, Operations Superintendent, 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Camp Bucca, Iraq)
8.  November 2007 - July 2009, Operations Superintendent, 820th Security Forces Group, Moody AFB, Ga.
9.  July 2009 - April 2011, Security Forces Manager, Directorate Superintendent, Security Directorate, Department of the Air Force, Data Masked
10. April 2011 - September 2012, Security Forces Manager, 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron, Creech AFB, Nev.
11. September 2012 - March 2014, Command Chief Master Sergeant, 75th Air Base Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
12. March 2014 - June 2015, Superintendent, Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
13. June 2015 - present, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker AFB, Okla

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with eight oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate Award, Airman Leadership School
Distinguished Graduate Award, Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Distinguished Graduate Award, Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
U.S. Army Ranger School
U.S. Army Airborne School
U.S. Army Advanced Airborne (Jumpmaster) School
Master Parachutist Rating
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Badge
German Parachutist Badge
Romanian Parachutist Badge

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Chief Master Sergeant   Nov. 2011
(Current as of June 2015)

CMSgt Tamala L. Hartz has been selected to follow CMSgt Stephen K. White as the Security Forces Career Field Manager taking her position this summer. Below is her biography and photo. Congrats Chief from all of AFSFA!

chief_hartzChief Master Sergeant Tamala L. Hartz is the Security Forces Manager, Force Protection Directorate, United States Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT), Southwest Asia. In this capacity, she advises the Force Protection Director on effective organization, training and equipping of 4,000 Security Forces Airmen and mentors a 50-person staff comprised of four Air Force Specialty Codes providing full spectrum protection to more than 27,000 deployed USAF personnel. She also oversees integrated defense of 19 USAFCENT sites spanning 11 countries, protecting over $20 billion in combat resources. Additionally Chief Hartz fulfills the role of the Air Force Forces Command Senior Enlisted Leader.

Chief Hartz, a native of Greeley, Colorado, entered the Air Force in August 1990 and has held numerous positions at the Group, Wing and MAJCOM levels. Before  assuming her current position she served as Chief Enlisted Manager, 343d Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas.

EDUCATION
1995   Airman Leadership School, Lowry AFB, Denver, CO 1997 Air Base Ground Defense Level II, Lackland AFB, TX 1998 Military Police Investigation Course, Fort McClellan, AL 1999   Traffic Accident Investigation Course, Lackland AFB, TX
2000  Tactical Automated Security System Administrator Course, Lackland AFB, TX 2003 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, MS (Distinguished Graduate) 2005  Associate in applied science degree in Criminal Justice, Community College of the Air Force
2005 Integrated Defense Command and Control Course, Lackland AFB, TX 2007  Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education
2007 USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, AL 2011  USAF Chief Leadership Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2015 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Organizational Management, Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa (summa cum laude)
2015 Professional Managers Certification, Community College of the Air Force

ASSIGNMENTS
1. Jan 1991 – Aug 1996, Security Forces Member, 821st Security Police Squadron, Buckley ANG Base, Colorado
2. Nov 1995 – Mar 1996, Security Forces Detachment, Joint Task Force PROVIDE PROMISE FORWARD, Camp Pleaso, Zagrab, Croatia
3. Aug 1996 – Apr 1997, NCOIC, Armory, 8th Security Police Squadron, Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea
4. Apr 1997- Aug 2000, NCOIC, Security Forces Administration, 820th Security Forces Group, Lackland AFB, Texas
5. Aug 2000 – Jun 2003, Flight Chief/NCOIC, Training, 28th Security Forces Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
6. May 2004 – Oct 2004- Area Supervisor/NCOIC of Training, 363d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia
7. Jun 2003 – Jul 2005, Flight Chief, 7th Security Forces Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
8. Apr 2004 – Oct 2004, Flight Sergeant, 376th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Manas AB, Kyrgyzstan
9. Jul 2005 – Apr 2008, Regional Training Center Superintendent, 786th Security Forces Squadron, Sembach AB, Germany
10. Apr 2008 – Apr 2010, Operations Superintendent, 1st Security Forces Squadron, Langley AFB, Virginia
11. Apr 2009 – Dec 2009, Provost Sergeant, Combined Joint Task Force -101 & 82, Bagram AF, Afghanistan
12. Apr 2010 – Sep 2011, Manager, Security Forces Training, HQ ACC, Langley AFB, Virginia
13. Sep 2011 – Aug 2012, Security Forces Manager, 97th Security Forces Squadron, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
14. Sep 2013 – Aug 2015, Chief Enlisted Manager, 343d Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas
15. Aug 2015 - present, Security Forces Manager, Force Protection Directorate, United States Air Forces Central Command, Al Udeid AB, Southwest  Asia

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with a silver oak leaf cluster and two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1992  Aurora Chamber of Commerce Military Person of the Year
1993  Air Force Space Command Security Police-Security Specialist of the Year
1995 21st Space Wing, Outstanding Security Police Airman of the Year-Security Specialist 2003  Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy
2006 86th Contingency Response Group Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2007 USAFE Security Forces Staff Level Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year 2008  1st Mission Support Group Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
August 1, 2011

 

Brig Gen (S) Andrea D. Tullos, currently Commander, 42d Air Base Wing, Air Education and Training Command, Maxwell AFB, AL, will be the new Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, DC. Congratulations from AFSFA ma'am ... well done! HOOAH!!

COLONEL ANDREA D. TULLOS

col_tullosColonel Andrea D. Tullos is Commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. She is responsible for providing all base operating support, infrastructure and services support for 42,000 active-duty, Reserve, civilian and contractor personnel, students and families at Maxwell and Gunter Annex in direct support of Air University, the 908th Airlift Wing, Air Force Space Command and Air Force Materiel Command units, the Defense Information Systems Agency and more than 40 other mission partners. As Maxwell's installation commander, she interacts with local officials across a three-county, 12-city region with an annual military economic impact of $1.2 billion.

Colonel Tullos has previously served as a staff officer at the combatant command, Joint Staff, Air Staff and major command levels, to include duties as the chief of Antiterrorism and Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, Operations Directorate, Headquarters, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii, and as deputy division chief, Iraq Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate on the joint staff. She has completed multiple squadron command tours, and a mission support group command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., supporting Air Combat Command's largest wing. Most recently, she served as chief of the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) on the Joint Staff.

EDUCATION
1991 Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

1997 Master of Arts in Sociology, University of New Mexico

1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

1999 Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Session 198, Quantico, Va.

2004 National Defense Fellow, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

2010 National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

2010 Master of Arts in National Security Strategy, National Defense University

2012 Senior Leaders Executive Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. February 1992 - July 1993, executive officer to the commander 45th Support Group, and wing protocol officer, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

2. September 1993 - August 1996, flight commander, convoy commander, squadron section commander, 377th Security Forces Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.
 
3. September 1996 - December 1997, student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Civilian Education Program, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

4. December 1997 - March 2000, chief of Current Operations Branch, Operations Division, Security Forces Directorate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

5. March 2000 - March 2001, operations officer, 386th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Southwest Asia
 
6. April 2001 - July 2002, chief of Congressional Activities Branch, Directorate of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

7. July 2002 - July 2003, aide-de-camp to the vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

8. July 2003 - May 2004, national defense fellow, Intermediate Developmental Education Fellowship, Office of the Foreign Policy Advisor, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

9. June 2004 - May 2005, commander, 568th Security Forces Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

10. May 2005 - June 2006, commander, 435th Security Forces Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

11. July 2006 - May 2008, deputy division chief and policy planner, Iraq Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate,
Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

12. June 2008 - June 2009, commander, 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Southwest Asia

13. July 2009 - June 2010, student, National War College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.

14. June 2010 - July 2011, chief, Antiterrorism and Critical Infrastructure Protection Division, Operations Directorate,
U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

15. July 2011 - July 2013, commander, 55th Mission Support Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

16. July 2013 - May 2014, chief, Arabian Peninsula and Iraq Division, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff,
Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

17. May 2014 - present, Commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Officer Training School, Distinguished Graduate (1992)
Officer Training School, Dick Scobee Leadership Award (1992)
Air Force Materiel Command Lance P. Sijan Award Nominee (1996)
Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2003 - 2008)
Brig. Gen. Sardo Excellence in Writing Award, National War College (2010)

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant February 1992
First Lieutenant February 1994
Captain February 1996
Major October 2002
Lieutenant Colonel December 2006
Colonel October 2010

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Female MWD Handlers Have a Special Bond

Kimberly Woodruff, Staff Writer, 72 ABW

More and more jobs in the Air Force are opening up to women. One such job is with the security forces K9 teams.
 
There are three women dog handlers in Tinker’s 72nd Security Forces Squadron. Staff Sgt. Teofila Ochoa-Hudson, Senior Airman Brianna Krayenhagen and Senior Airman Meredith Jordan, though very different, all joined the Air Force and the K9 team so they could work with the animals they love. The three have also overcome obstacles in their lives to better themselves and to live their lives as they choose

Tech. Sgt. Dwight Veon, kennel master with the 72nd SFS, said a woman’s softer, higher pitched voice makes it easier to bond with a dog, whereas a man’s voice is much deeper and authoritative so it takes a little longer for dogs to bond with men. He added, “Women invest more emotionally into making the bond than most men do.”
 
Sergeant Ochoa-Hudson is handler to Syrius, one of the newer military working dogs at Tinker. The sergeant said she loves being a dog handler and it was the main reason she joined the Air Force. As a senior handler, she helps to further train the new military working dogs.
 
“When we get the dogs, they have the basics down and it is up to us to continue training them,” said Sergeant Ochoa-Hudson. Additionally, as senior, she is able to help train the newest dog handlers on the team.
Being in a male dominated field, the sergeant said that the women who do come in need to be able to carry their own weight and not be afraid to get in there and get dirty along with the men.
 
Sergeant Ochoa-Hudson, who is married to Staff Sgt. Jacob Hudson, also with the 72nd SFS, is a first generation Honduran to live in America. Her parents were both immigrants. Her father, who has since passed on, was from Honduras and her mother is from Mexico. “I came from growing up poor and sleeping on cardboard to being able to spoil my mom,” said Sergeant Ochoa-Hudson.
 
Airman Krayenhagen, the newest member of the team, is handler to Nika. She graduated Military Working Dog handlers school at Lackland AFB, Texas, with the “Top Dog” award for detection in December and came here to start training with Nika in January. She was just certified to patrol the streets of Tinker AFB.

Airman Krayenhagen said that being a member of the K9 team is interesting and that they are all part of a family. It isn’t only a security forces thing, but a dog handler bond they share. That bond is strong with the K9 crew. They not only work together, but they play together — all three ladies are on the SFS softball team.

Airman Krayenhagen is no stranger to the police force, or the K9 team for that matter. Her father, a former Air National Guard member, is a police officer and had a K9 business on the side. Her sister also serves on the police force.

Airman Krayenhagen’s parents divorced when she was in high school. She said her father wasn’t around much because of his work.

Her mother was a stepping stone for her and made her what she is today. “Mom was a teacher and went on to become a school principal,” she said. “My dad always had K9 demonstrations at mom’s school and I got to see that and wanted to do it.”

She, like most dog handlers, simply loves dogs. Airman Krayenhagen is doggy mom to Emmitt, a loveable Pit Bull.
 
As for the rest of the family, she just became engaged and plans to marry her fiancé, Stormy Frazier, in September. Ms. Frazier is a nurse in Texas.

“My family has always been very supportive,” said Airman Krayenhagen. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She’s the strongest and most amazing woman in my life and I look up to her tremendously. She encouraged me to join the Air Force, and keeps me going.”

Airman Jordan, also a “Top Dog” award winner from MWD handler school, said she joined the military because she felt the calling to serve, plus she comes from a long line of military members. She has family in the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force.

One reason she put off joining the military was because of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” When that was lifted in September 2011, she decided to join the Air Force. Though she is geographically separated from her spouse, Alison, Airman Jordan said she’s her priority.

“She’s really supportive of me,” Airman Jordan said. “And I want to support her, too, in whatever she chooses to do.”

Airman Jordan said her lifestyle has never been an issue for her. It might have been a little difficult to share with her family at first — she waited until she had moved out of the house. “No one ever treated me differently,” she said. “My first unit was very welcoming and didn’t care about my sexuality.”

In fact, her first shirt helped her obtain benefits for her spouse.

“It all comes down to being judged based on your performance on the job,” said Airman Jordan. “I think we all have to prove ourselves at one point or another.”  Airman Jordan said she chose a career in security forces because she wanted to do something active.

“I didn’t initially choose K9, but there is so much opportunity in security forces to do different things,” she said.

Airman Jordan is currently going through Airman Leadership School, but stops by the kennels when she can to visit with her dog, Duke.
“I can’t wait to work the street and spend time with my dog,” she said.

These ladies all agree it doesn’t matter that they’re women because security forces is like family and as handlers, they have the dogs in common.
 
“We’re all loving the dogs, training the dogs and doing our jobs,” said Airman Krayenhagen.


CUTLINE:
Military Working Dog units have been a primarily male-dominated career field, but as is proof of Tinker’s unit, three female handlers are proving they are just as capable of working with their canine counterparts. From left, Staff Sgt. Teofila Ochoa-Hudson, with MWD Syrius; Senior Airman Brianna Krayenhagen, with MWD Nika; and Senior Airman Meredith Jordan, with MWD Duke, are proud members of Tinker’s Military Working Dog team. (Air Force photo by Kelly White)

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