Department of the Air Force announces the 12 Outstanding Airmen for 2021

 

By Staff Sgt. Kiana Pearson, Air Force’s Personnel Center Public Affairs, 9 July 2021

U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Kiana Pearson

 

Air Force officials have selected the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2021.

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force’s Personnel Center considered 35 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected the 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.

Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year (alphabetically, by command of assignment when selected):

 SMSgt Marcus D. Banks, Pacific Air Forces

 TSgt Christopher M. Bennett, Air Education and Training Command

 TSgt Justin D. Bennett, USAFE-AFAFRICA, 48 SFS, Lakenheath AB, UK

 TSgt Kelli A. Floyd, Air Combat Command

 SSgt Valerie M. Graw, Air Force Materiel Command

 SSgt Colleen F. Mitchell, Air Force District of Washington

 SrA Giovanni Pacheco, Airman Support United States Space Force

 SSgt Kristy L. Riley, Air Force Reserve Command

 SSgt Alex M. Sandmann, Air Force Global Strike Command, 5 SFS, Minot AFB, ND

 SMSgt Mark R. Schneider II, Air National Guard

 SrA Jamonica M. Smith, Air Mobility Command, 87 SFS, JBMDL, NJ

 MSgt Hannah E. Walters, Air Force Special Operations Command

The winners are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with the bronze service star device on the ribbon. They are also authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.

Warren Defenders Aid in Capture of Wanted Criminal, Missing Child

By Maj Victoria Hight, 90th Missile Wing / Published July 08, 2021

 

Airman Suzanne Pedro and Airman 1st Class Frank Shaw, both from the 90th Security Forces Squadron, pose with Col. Damian Schlussel (left), 90th Security Forces Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Charles Flanagain (right), 90 SFG chief enlisted manager, for a photo on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, July 7, 2021. The Airmen were coined by their leadership in recognition of excellence while performing their duties. Their actions in defending the base directly contributed to the capture of an individual with active arrest warrants and the recovery of a missing child. (Courtesy photo)

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. --

Airman Suzanne Pedro, an Installation Entry Controller from the 90th Security Forces Squadron, was recently recognized by wing leadership for actions which led to the capture of an individual with active warrants and a missing child here June 28, 2021.

A man drove up to the base gate and handed Amn Pedro, who was assigned to defend that gate, an unusual form of identification. When the man and child in the vehicle refused to make eye contact, the Airman began to suspect something was amiss.

“I had a feeling something wasn’t right,” said Pedro. “Neither the man or the child looked at me while I scanned the ID. When it flashed red for warrants, my heart began to race.”

After quietly alerting her supervisors and wingmen on duty at the gate, Amn Pedro directed the vehicle out of the line of traffic to prevent the individual from fleeing. Airman 1st Class Frank Shaw, 90 SFS, relayed information to the base defense operations center, which verified the warrants were active and contacted local law enforcement to inform them of the situation.

“We were told of a weapon in the car, so my heart was racing, but I wasn’t nervous,” said Pedro. “My main concern was keeping the child distracted and keeping him comfortable and happy.”

Although the investigation is ongoing, the Airmen have been told the child had been missing from his biological mother since December of 2020.

Pedro and Shaw were recognized by multiple levels of leadership for their textbook actions.

“Airman Pedro exemplifies what it means to be a Defender,” said Maj Keil Luber, 90 SFS commander. “While not yet qualified on her position, she followed her instincts and training, directly contributing to the capture of a wanted criminal and the recovery of a missing child.”

While both Airmen remain humble about their actions, Pedro expressed excitement about her coming years in the military.

“I’ve wanted to be a police officer as long as I can remember,” said Pedro. “To have only been in the Air Force for 10 months and get this experience that most haven’t gotten in their whole careers – it’s been amazing. I am thankful for everyone on my flight who has helped teach me, and I’m also thankful to my parents for supporting me in my dreams.”

 

Global Security Operations & Intelligence function for Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

We're recruiting for two GSOC Operators (job description below). Position would be based on the studio lot in Culver City, CA.

If interested use the following links to apply directly. Do not send resumes - use the links to apply via the company website.

https://bit.ly/3vSVars

GSOC Operator

The GSOC Operator is responsible for providing primary and secondary service support in the area of Security and Fire Alarm System Monitoring; Emergency monitoring; Global Threat Management, CCTV monitoring and routine dispatching of personnel. GSOC Operators will assist in all general intake responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

Dispatching and coordinating response to incidents that occur on company premises, or events, using the appropriate communication methods. Responses may be to medical emergencies, burglar, fire, or duress alarms and other events or needs. At company’s request, may provide liaison with law enforcement, fire department, or industrial and civil emergency response organizations related to emergencies on company property.

Review, analyze and escalate open source intelligence, and subscription-based intelligence to help mitigate and report global threats to company property, employees, and stakeholders. The GSOC Operator will monitor and track SPE travelers abroad and account for them during crisis events.

Reporting out of the ordinary or abnormal conditions to the company’s security personnel, management, employees, and suppliers, facilities organization, Environmental Health and Safety organization, repair companies, and security officers in the field.

Receiving, evaluating, and disseminating incoming information and reports from company security personnel, security officers in the field, and company employees, suppliers, reporting parties, and local agencies.

Supporting tactical open source monitoring efforts during special events, film premieres, security incidents, disasters, and other crises on a global scope.

Operating and monitoring computer workstations and emergency systems; administering and maintaining process control systems and databases used within the control center.

Provide support to the duties outlined for the GSOC Management team as needed. Support other duties as assigned.

Assisting in coordination of service requests for afterhours access and additional officer deployment or reposting as requested.

Requirements:

- 1-3 years of experience in a security function, preferably in a control center setting

- Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Information Technology, International Affairs, Business, Emergency Management, Political Science, Criminal Justice, or related field

- Computer proficient; Microsoft Office, CCTV software, typing WPM 40+

- Experience providing excellent customer service in a high call volume environment

- Ability to work in a fast-paced organization; coordinate and manage multiple tasks with limited supervision

- Must be able to communicate effectively with all level of the organizations

USAF Security Forces Museum returns to normal hours starting 6 July 2021

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday & Friday: 0900-1500

Thursday: 1030-1630

Saturday special appt only

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We Owe Him Everything We’ve Got... and Then Some

(U.S. Air National Guard: story and photo by Staff Sgt. Mercedee Wilds)

124th Fighter Wing, Boise, ID 30 June 2021

124th Security Forces Squadron defenders went above and beyond to assist a 96-year-old World War II veteran.

Retired Capt. William Brand was a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot with the Eighth Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, during WWII. He now lives in Hailey, Idaho, but regularly travels to Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho to stay at the on-base lodging on days that appointments at the Boise VA Medical Center.

On May 6, 2021, 124th SFS defenders received an emergency call to the Gowen Field Lodging Facility. As Brand was checking in for a routine stay at the Gowen Field Lodging Facility he experienced a medical emergency, which left this WWII veteran with special requirements and a limited ability to properly care for himself and coordinate his VA appointments..

124th SFS defenders took it upon themselves to organize hourly shifts to check on the well-being of Brand, which included assisting with tasks of daily-living, providing essential needs and helping to coordinate with the VA for medical attention.

The defenders took on the role of dedicated care-givers, going beyond their typical duty and surpassing their daily requirements. To this group of 124th SFS members, it was an honor to help Brand and learn about his service to our country.

“Helping a veteran isn’t in our book for normal tasks, but it’s a sense of honor to help someone like that, who not only served our country but spent time in a war that we are still benefiting from,” said Staff Sgt. Jonathan Finer, a 124th SFS member.

Finer and the other defenders who helped Brand felt providing help and assistance to him, a brother in arms who dedicated so much of his life to protecting our country, was the least they could do.

“It’s an honor to be able to hear the stories from the direct mouth of someone who has experienced it,” said Finer, “my personal feelings are that we owe him everything we’ve got and then some.”

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