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

 

Year of the Defender

By BGen Andrea D. Tullos

The holiday season is upon us and that means those of you up north are wishing you were down south, and those of you down south are wishing all those northerners who managed to escape the cold would head back north – haha! Wherever you are reading this from, we hope you had a safe, happy holiday and that you had a chance to enjoy the spirit of the season with friends and family. It’s time now to get back after it – it’s the Year of the Defender. You read that right – it’s the Year of the Defender.

You may have heard that already since our Chief of Staff, General Goldfein made the announcement back in September. We still come across quite a few people who missed the announcement and even more who don’t really know what it means, so we thought we’d take the opportunity to spread the word and make sure everyone understands that the Year of the Defender involves you too. Yes, you, the Airman who retired years ago; and you, the Airman who did one enlistment and then moved on to apply those skills to whatever you chose to do next; and you, the Airman who is a Defender today and thinks that means you’re good to go already – not so fast.   And what about your Wingman in the civil engineering squadron who teaches other Airmen how to wear their chemical gear? Yes, them too--and a whole lot more.

I get asked regularly what “The Year of the Defender” means and I’m resistant to distill the explanation into 3-second sound bytes, slogans, or strings of catchy phrases that sound good but lack substance. Our Chief of Staff is asking us to spend this year rededicating ourselves as Airmen (big A) to the notion that our installations are our power projection platforms and if we don’t secure and defend these platforms, we will not be capable of projecting airpower, which is our reason for existing as an Air Force. For the retirees and veteran readers who are wondering why this is anything new and why we need to be reminded of this fact, I would offer that while this notion has existed since we were born as a Service in 1947, we are now faced with an environment where we make no distinction between how we operate overseas and how we operate in the homeland. The world is now smaller and while the term “in garrison” still remains a relevant construct when it comes to dispersed operations, forward operating bases, contingency operating bases, and main operating bases, we no longer make this distinction in terms of how we posture our defense forces to operate in our designated battle spaces. This presents challenges for us as we attempt to balance the need to distinguish the small unmanned aerial system that may be delivering that holiday gift to your door step from the system that may seek to conduct surveillance of our flight line operations or place our sortie generation timelines at risk while we clear the airspace. This presents challenges at our installation access control points as we try to distinguish the distracted driver whose Google Maps system is telling them to cut through the base they had no intention of entering from the foreign national who is attempting to “piggy back” onto the base during peak traffic when that Defender might be task saturated. While we don’t hesitate to engage our barrier systems when a vehicle blows past the gate at high speed, we also want our young Defenders at the perimeter to be able to exercise discretion when they observe that familiar elderly gentleman with the expired vehicle registration tags on the windshield of his now classic Pontiac slow crawl through the gate toward the Commissary as he does every Tuesday, where a traffic stop and verbal briefing will suffice. And while we consider what the new operating environment means for our Defenders, we are spending as much if not more time focused on what it means for the rest of the Defenders on the base – and that means everyone.

Those of us who have been around a while remember those major exercises and inspections – your sector received intelligence build up over 24-48 hours, some probing fire, your observation and listening posts spotted surveillance on the perimeter, and then the mortars came. Preparatory fires for what you knew was coming. Well, today those preparatory fires come in the form of malicious code and cyber attacks and your airfield operations are disrupted when the air tasking order is hacked, your critical spare parts are shipped to the wrong location because the enemy is inside your system, and your critical systems are pushed onto generator power because the grid was attacked. The Defense Force Commander’s tactical response force is not going to be of much assistance in these cases, so we reiterate that we’re all Defenders now. Changing our perception of preparatory fires is step one, and sensitizing everyone who has a role in integrated defense to report new categories of indicators and warnings are essential to keeping us prepared for what might come next.

The Year of the Defender is a combination of taking us back to our roots and growing new ones. We need to get better at old fashioned land navigation and terrain association because that GPS system might not be available. We need our partners across the base to let us know if any of their computer systems don’t seem to be working quite right. We need every unit to know how to kick on that generator they walk past each day on the way into their facility. And we need everyone to think, sense, and react as if they’re deployed to the most forward operating base, even if they’re stationed in the heartland of the USA.   And for those of you who put the beret on the shelf years ago, we need your help too. Pay attention when you’re coming through that entry control point—and let that young Defender know if you see something amiss. For those of you who come onto the base to hit the BX, Commissary, clinic, golf course, and all those other recreational facilities, remind yourself that you’re our force multiplier. Trust your instincts and let us know if something doesn’t seem right. Keep sharing your stories with those Defenders you run into – many of them have not deployed, most have not experienced a full blown operational readiness exercise, and only the crustiest of us can tell stories about what REFORGER exercises were like back in the day. Well, they’re starting to feel a little bit familiar.  

Yes, it’s the Year of the Defender. Let’s make it a year to remember.

Defensor Fortis!

 

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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