Welcome to Washington, DC and the AFSFA 2017 Annual Meeting!

By Joe Rector, Chairman, National Capital-Maryland Chapter

The National Capital-Maryland Chapter and the 11th Security Forces Group are proud to be your hosts for the 2017 Air Force Security Forces Association Annual Meeting. The 2017 meeting will be held 24-27 August 2017 at the Westin-Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway Arlington, Virginia 22202. The hotel is 1 mile from the Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) and the hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport. The hotel is next to the Crystal City Metro Station and includes a restaurant and bar.


Being so close to a Metro station, you are just a short ride away from such Washington D.C. area attractions as: the National Mall monuments, The White House, the Pentagon, a host of Smithsonian museums, historic Georgetown, Arlington National Cemetery, National Spy Museum, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, and Ford’s Theater, just to name a few of the sites.

Activities will kick off on Thursday morning at 0800 with the golf tournament to be held on the South Course at the Courses at Joint Base Andrews. The South Course is the best course of the three golf courses that Joint Base Andrews boasts. You will be able play on the same terrain where President Barrack Obama spent many a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Also, on Thursday morning, for those looking for some professional development, the program will feature educational sessions on the latest threats, trends, and technology in security. Thursday night will feature the annual AFSFA social where attendees can eat, drink and make merry.

On Friday following the general membership meeting the afternoon activities will be at Joint Base Andrews where we will have a chance to visit with the Defenders of the 11th Security Forces Group. One of only six Security Forces Groups based in the Continental U.S., the 11 SFG contains over 800 personnel and is organized into three squadrons – the 11th Security Forces Squadron, the 811th Security Forces Squadron, and the 11th Security Support Squadron.


As Defenders of America’s Airfield, the 11th Security Forces Squadron enforces laws and carries out installation security ensuring the protection for all the wing’s personnel and $6.2 billion in DOD resources. At any given time, approximately 50 Defenders are deployed supporting combatant commanders overseas.

The 811th Security Forces Squadron operates the largest executive security mission in the Air Force, they ensure around-the-clock protection of the Air Force One complex and provide executive protection for the President and other senior leaders as they transit the installation. Their Executive Aircraft Security Section secures aircraft for Congressional Delegates, the Secretaries of Defense and State, the First Lady, Foreign Dignitaries while providing a dedicated security team for the Vice President.

The 11th Security Support Squadron (SSPTS) provides integrated defense and security planning, resource protection and physical security policy and visitor control and vehicle registration for Joint Base Andrews. The squadron also provides law enforcement, security, and ground combat skills training for the 800 Defenders assigned to the 11 SFG. The 11 SSPTS operates the Air Force’s largest kennel Military Working Dog Section with 31 canines assigned. Military working dogs, accompanied by their Airmen handlers, work to detect explosive materials designed to harm our personnel and families both at home station and deployed locations around the world. The 11 SSPTS Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Section provides weapons training for over 6,000 Airmen assigned to the National Capital Region.

Friday’s activities will wrap up with a night time driving tour of the DC area monuments.

On Saturday morning we will start back up with business meetings from 0800-1200 and the banquet will be held that evening at 1800. For those desiring pictures, the photographer will be available at 1700 hours.

Activities for the 2017 Annual Meeting will wrap up on Sunday with the Annual Remembrance Ceremony at 0900.

Again, we look forward to having everyone visit the National Capital Region! If you can’t find fun in DC, you can’t have fun period!



(name and base)

Rebecca P Bateman, Pentagon        

Kurt D. Black, Hurlburt Field  

Anthony S. Burleson, Dyess            

Danny C. Christ Jr, Kirtland        

Michael F. Daly, JB Langley-Eustis

James A. Forcella, JB Elmendorf-Richardson

Charles W. Guthrie, MacDill        

Michael W. Hayes, Creech          

Michael A. Holland, JBSA Lackland-Kelly

Robert C. Innis, Minot          

Keith D. Long, Patrick        

Vanessa L. Mcmackin, Minot          

Michael J. Naquin, Barksdale      

Brian G. Pederson, JBSA Lackland-Kelly  

Anthony D. Quigley, Pentagon        

Ahmad A. Rashard, JB Langley-Eustis

Matthew J. Rebholz, Pentagon        

Todd R. Rosenzweig, Spangdahlem AB  

Rick A. Schlachter, Andersen        

Allen M. Sell, Geilenkirchen  

Gerald F. Sullivan, JB Andrews      

Max Y. Yanausdal, Ramstein        

Michael P. Vonahnen, Vogelweh

Matthew C. Walter, Ramstein        

Jeremy D. Yates, Malmstrom


Defenders - congratulations on your selection for Group Command! This is a significant milestone in your careers and for many of you, this represents the first time as senior leaders you will be asked to take off the beret and lead Airmen performing missions outside our core skill set. Continue to be an Ambassador for the Defenders, while building bridges for us with the rest of the Air Force, our joint and coalition partners, and the communities we serve. You should be well proud of this accomplishment. Please thank your families for the role they've played in supporting your service as an Airman, take time to celebrate this achievement, and thank the Airmen serving with and for you for being great teammates. Well done!

- Col (S) Jason Beck to 17th Mission Support Group

- Col Matthew Boschert to 99th Mission Support Group

- Col John Grimm to 90th Security Forces Group

- Col Aaron Guill  to 341st Security Forces Group

- Col Philip Holmes to 35th Mission Support Group

- Col Don Layne to 78th Mission Support Group

- Col (S) Leonard Rose to 88th Mission Support Group

- Col David Williams to 39th Mission Support Group


Defensor Fortis,
Director of Security Forces
DCS/Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection



(rank, name and new unit of command)

Maj Donald F. Bartholomew III - 19 SFS, Little Rock AFB

Maj Ryan Barton - 9 SFS, Beale AFB

Lt Col Patrick J. Bass – 380 ESFS, Al Dhafra AB

Maj(s) Daniel J. Beaudoin – 91 SSPTS, Minot AFB

Lt Col Johnathan E. Bennett – 341 MSFS, Malmstrom AFB

Lt Col(s) Tyrone P. Bess – 741 MSFS, Malmstrom AFB

Lt Col Mark W. Breed – 379 ESFS, Al Udeid AB

Capt Steven C. Brenoskie – AFSFC Det 2, Miramar NAS

Maj William J. Brokaw - 82 SFS, Sheppard AFB, TX

Maj David E. Bullock - 377 SSPTS, Kirtland AFB

Maj Michael J. Cheatham - 374 SFS, Yokota AB

Maj(s) Michael R. Cheng - 736 SFS, Andersen AFB

Lt Col(s) Brian J. Copper Jr. – 8 SFS, Kunsan AB

Lt Col Marcus Corbett - 10 SFS, USAFA

Lt Col Kim M. Crawford – 42 SFS, Maxwell AFBL

Lt Col Erik L. Dutkiewicz – 86 SFS, Ramstein AB

Maj(s) Eric J. Eaton – 14 SFS, Columbus AFB

Maj Phillip B. Ferris – 48 SFS, Lakenheath RAF

Maj(s) Tyler J. Hughes – 455 ESFS, Bagram AB

Maj Pedro Jimenez – 97 SFS, Altus AFB

Maj Eric C. Judd – 377 SFS, Kirtland AFB

Maj Michael J.Kennedy – 354 SFS, Eielson AFB

Lt Col David M. Knight – 21 SFS, Peterson AFB

Lt Col(s) Jose A. Lebron – 78 SFS, Robins

Maj Min Y. Lee – 17 SFS, Goodfellow AFB

Maj Alexander Liggett – 11 SSFS, JB Andrews

Lt Col Brian S. Loveless – 56 SFS, Luke AFB

Lt Col Steven R. Lovett – 52 SFS, Spangdahlem AB

Maj Cameron Maher – 92 SFS, Fairchild AFB

Lt Col Tyrell Mayfield -- 75 SFS, Hill AFB

Lt Col Anthony McCarty -- 90 MSFS, FE Warren AFB

Maj(s) Matthew C. McGinnis 47 SFS, Laughlin AFB

Lt Col Kevin McMahon – 91 MSFS, Minot AFB

Lt Col Jason Medsger – 49 SFS, Holloman AFB

Lt Col Michael J. Morales – 436 SFS, Dover AFB

Maj Adam Morgan – 821 SFS, Thule AS

Maj Jonathon Murray – 81 SFS, Keesler AFB

Maj Shannon E. O’Neal – 1 SOCSF, Hurltburt Field

Lt Col Tara L. Opielowski – 18 SFS, Kadena AB

Maj(s) Christopher H. Osborne – 71 SFS, Vance AFB

Lt Col Joseph J. Parsons – 377 WSSS, Kirtland AFB

Maj Gerald Patton – 823 BDS, Moody AFB

Maj Clifford M. Piernick – 36 SFS, Andersen AFB

Maj Brenton K. Pomeroy – 27 SOCSF, Cannon AFB

Maj(s) Taylor E. Reynolds – 61 SFS, Los Angeles AS

Maj Schneider Rislin – 319 SFS, Grand Forks AFB

Maj Aaron W. Rittgers – 88 SFS, Wright Patterson AFB

Maj(s) Tito M. Ruiz – 387 ESFS, Kuwait City Int Airport

Maj Brian M. Rutt -- 423 SFS, RAF Alconbury

Maj Nicole M. Schatz - Soto Cano JTFB

Lt Col Christopher M.Sheffield – 879 ESFS, Eskan Village

Lt Col Kenneth M. Shirley – 811 SFS, JB Andrews

Maj Brett M. Skates – 66 SFS, Hanscom AFB

Lt Col(s) William C. Smith – 55 SFS, Offutt AFB

Maj David M.Stamper – 7 SFS, Dyess AFB

Maj Derek M. Tosie – 65 SFS, Lajes AB

Maj Joshua A. Webb – 91 STS, Minot AFB

Lt Col Douglas W. Whitehead – 802 SFS, JBSA-Lackland

Maj Aaron W. Williams – 386 ESFS, Al Salem

Maj Damien P. Williams – 343 TRS, JBSA-Lackland

Lt Col(s) Lawrence Wyatt Jr – 100 SFS, RAF Mildenhall

AFSFA Career Field Artwork Series Goes On Sale!


You can now own a piece of your career field history. AFSFA has commissioned the first in a series of AP, SP, SF history prints, and it is now available through the AFSFA Country Store online https://www.afsfaonline.com/index.php/store/country-store  or by calling 888-250-9876 or 210-277-0448.

The first print, “Air Force Security Police, Proven In Battle,” commemorates the battle and sacrifice by the Security Police of the 3d and 377th Security Police Squadrons on the 31st of January 1968 at Bien Hoa and Tan Son Nhut Airbases, Republic of Vietnam.

Randall Stevens, the artist, has captured in the unbelievable detail of technical pen the relentless efforts and determined spirit of the Security Police. The action scenes are pure black and white with only the medals and squadron patches bearing aged and worn color. When asked about his final product Randall stated, “It was an honor to have been selected to create this work for The Air Force Security Forces Association. For the better part of 2016, and through five drafts, I strived to ensure an accurate portrayal about the TET Offensive. I am honored to have been a part of this venture.”

The prints measure 30” by 20”, arrive rolled in mailing tubes ready to frame and each is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. All 300 prints are hand numbered, but only the Artist Edition is hand signed. Specific numbered prints cannot be requested.

            Artist Edition (#11-100, hand signed and hand numbered) -- $99.99

            Military Edition (#101-300, hand numbered) -- $79.99

Acknowledging Domestic Terror Threat, Pentagon Says Troops, Recruiters Can Carry Concealed Guns

By: Jeffrey Schogol, November 21, 2016 (Photo Credit: Jeff Schogol), Military Times

U.S. military personnel can now request to carry concealed handguns for protection at government facilities, according to new Defense Department directive issued last week in response to a series of deadly shootings over the last seven years.

While service members already were authorized to carry weapons as part of specific job responsibilities, the new policy allows them to apply to carry their privately owned firearms “for personal protection not associated with the performance of official duties,” the directive says.

It also clarifies when military recruiters can be armed, said Army Maj. Jamie Davis, a Defense Department spokesman.

“Commanders have always had that authority to arm recruiters,” Davis told Military Times on Monday. “Some of the wording wasn’t very clear, so they’ve gone through and cleaned it up so it is very clear now that the commanders have that authority to use at their discretion.”

Effective Nov. 18, the directive culminates years of work, Davis said.

The effort began after the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, where former Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. It accelerated after the July 2015 attacks on a recruiting station and Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. That incident claimed the lives of four Marines and a sailor. Both lone-wolf attacks were believed to be inspired by international terrorism. 

In April 2014, Spc. Ivan Lopez-Lopez killed three soldiers at Fort Hood and wounded 12 others after an argument. Lopez-Lopez killed himself when confronted by a military police officer.

The updated policy spells out when troops can carry government-issued weapons as part of their official duty and when they can carry their own firearms for protection. The directive does not apply to troops in war zones or members of the National Guard who are not working in a federal status.

Those wishing to carry a concealed personal firearm on Defense Department property must apply for permission. They have to be at least 21 years old and meet all federal, state and local laws and host-nation requirements the directive says.

The individual military services will determine requirements for those who will grant conceal-carry requests, the directive says. Those officials must have a minimum rank of lieutenant colonel, commander or the civilian equivalent.

“These authorizations will be for a maximum of 90-calendar-day increments and may be renewed for as long as the threat or circumstance necessitating arming exists,” according to the directive.

Service members will not be given permission to carry a concealed handgun if they have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice “for any offense that calls into question the individual’s right to carry a firearm,” or if they have been convicted or face charges in civilian courts, the directive says.

The updated policy makes clear that Defense Department personnel can be armed, “when there is a general or specific threat of possible harm directed against them when that threat relates to the person’s official duties or status.”

That means troops at recruiting stations and reserve centers can be armed if their commanders grant approval, Davis said. The commanders will determine what type of threat their recruiters face and what protective equipment recruiters should be issued.

However, recruiters and other service members who are not security personnel cannot bring firearms to an off-base location that is guarded by police or security guards, the directive says.

“For example, DoD personnel assigned to recruiting duties should not be armed when visiting high schools that have law enforcement or security personnel on site.”

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