Region Six Open Chapter Workshop – “Moving Past Center”

By Jim Downey

Region 6 Chapter Workshop Open to All AFSFA Region Directors and Chapter Officers

Travis Bay Area Chapter (TBAC) leadership is hosting a Region Six Open Chapter Workshop. The workshop is a one-day event and open to AFSFA Officers, Board Members, Region Directors and up to three Chapter Officers. If no chapter officer can attend, a chapter representative may.

AFSFA has witnessed nationwide growth of chapters. Some chapters have close relationships with active duty and reserve units while others are not located near a military base or facility. Many chapters are very active with projects and fund raisers while others simple meet for coffee or meals. Each chapter is unique. We’ve learned through the grapevine that chapter members often would like to do more and not sure where to start while others struggle to keep things moving forward.

The Region 6 Chapter Workshop is set for Saturday, April 9, 2022, near Travis AFB, California. "Moving Past Center" is the theme of the workshop. It's a time for chapter officers to attend, learn, and collaborate. The workshop hosted by TBAC, is a full day of information on creating and maintaining an effective and vibrant chapter. Interact with AFSFA Executives, Board Members and Region Directors. For the small sum of $20 you can attend this all- day event that includes lunch and perhaps a door prize or two. For more info or to sign up, visit the TBAC website.

https://afsfa-travis.com/region-6-chapter-workshop/

Have a Question for an AFSFA Executive or Region Direct?

Now is your chance to get the answer. During the workshop questions submitted will be presented. Perhaps yours will be one of them. Submit your question today.

https://afsfa-travis.com/ask-your-question/

 

20th Security Forces Career Field Manager Selected

Chief Master Sgt. Donald S. Gallagher has been selected to become the 20th Security Forces Career Field Manager, becoming the top enlisted advisor to the Air Force Director of Security Forces.

In this role, Chief Gallagher will advise on security forces policy, organizing, training, equipping, and maintaining mission readiness impacting over 38,000 total force Defenders.

In selecting Chief Gallagher, Brig. Gen. Roy W. Collins, Director of Security Forces, said “Chief Gallagher is the Chief we need right now to lead the Security Forces Enterprise with all of the challenging and exciting things we will do in 2022.”

Brig Gen Collins went on to say, “Chief Gallagher definitely has the experience, new ideas, and teamwork mindset to lead our Enterprise.”

Chief Gallagher will takeover in April 2022. “It’s an unbelievable honor to have Brig Gen Collins select me to be his next Wingman. I am excited for this next challenge and I am so proud for the chance to represent and advocate for “Defender Nation”, 2022 is going to be a big year and I can’t wait to get after it,” Gallagher said.

CMSgt Gallagher is thoroughly prepared for the new assignment.

Prior to his selection as the next CFM, Chief Gallagher served as the Security Forces Manager (SFM) for Air Force Global Strike Command. In this capacity, he provides executive management and support for over 6,000 Security Forces Airmen assigned to 24 squadrons across nine wings on eight installations.

Chief Gallagher serves as the command’s principal Security Forces advisor on enlisted issues and interprets and ensures enforcement of nuclear and non-nuclear policy directives in order to execute combatant command war time taskings. Chief Gallagher makes and advocates leadership decisions deliberately motivating, coaching, and inspiring Airmen to become better followers, supervisors, and leaders. Ultimately delivering a more ready and agile Defender force to protect “Striker” installations, resources, and personnel.

Chief Gallagher “Crossed into the Blue” in 2003 after serving in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman, Infantryman, and a Cavalry Scout. Chief Gallagher served in the US and Korea with deployments in Egypt, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and Qatar.

He was also the Chief Enlisted Manager of the 343d Training Squadron, “The Security Forces Academy”, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

“Chief Gallagher will help Defender Nation prepare for the Air Base Ground Defense mission and improve our Law Enforcement proficiency” said Collins. “I am confident in his ability to take us to the next level as we start executing on DEFNEXT32.”

Security Forces, Local Law Enforcement Partner for Police Pursuit Training

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, FL, UNITED STATES
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, by SSgt Magen M. Reeves, 22 December 2021

A grappler net deployed from the front fender of a 325th Security Forces Squadron truck and wrapped around the tire of a simulated runaway vehicle at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 21, 2021. The grappler system utilizes a netting which wraps around the runaway vehicle’s tire, forcing the tire to seize up and come to a stop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

The 325th Security Forces Squadron partnered with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Stock Enterprises LLC to conduct police pursuit training utilizing a grappler system at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 21, 2021.

The grappler system is a new piece of equipment Defenders use to assist in their continued efforts in protecting and serving Airmen and the local community.

“The utilization of the grappler system adds another layer to the [Installation Integrated Defense Plan] by giving Defenders another tool to stop would be gate runners or hostile actors,” said Tech. Sgt. Phillip Hembree, 325th SFS resource advisor.

Approximately 18 miles of U.S. Highway 98 runs through Tyndall. Security forces members and civilian law enforcement agencies share jurisdiction of the highway, performing continuous training to enhance the security and safety of the communities.

“Having this system installed and clearly visible presents a significant deterrent,” said Hembree.

Stock Enterprises has been contracted by multiple bases since Beale Air Force Base, California, first acquired a grappler in 2018. There are approximately 17 grapplers in use at installations across the Air Force.

“The system utilizes a netting which leashes to a subject’s rear vehicle tire,” Hembree said. “It will then wrap around [the tire] utilizing the forward momentum of the tire forcing the tire to seize up resulting in the vehicle to be immobilized.”

In addition to the BCSO, Defenders worked with the inventor of the grappler product to ensure proper training techniques were passed to the unit.

“Creating and fostering a relationship with local law enforcement entities is a crucial element of securing Tyndall,” said Hembree.

Allowing security forces members the chance to see the grappler system in action gives context and provides a well-rounded understanding of how, when, where and why to employ the grappler.

“Conducting these joint training exercises and demonstrations sets a framework of how each organization operates and training methodologies,” Hembree said. “This enable Defenders and other law enforcement agencies to be in sync during joint responses where time is of the essence.”

Tier 2” Physical Fitness Test for Defenders

Defender Nation,

Last week your MAJCOM Security Forces Directors came together in San Antonio to work together on several strategic items for the Security Forces Enterprise (SFE).  In true Defender fashion, we started the week off with PT.  However, this wasn’t just any PT session, your Directors got to experience the Prototype for our new “Tier 2” Physical Fitness Test (PFT).  Over the next year, all Defenders will experience the test.

2022 will be an exciting year for the SFE as we work toward official adoption of our Tier 2 PFT.  Starting in early 2022, the Exercise Science Unit (ESU) will send small mobile teams to key locations world-wide to implement the Prototype by training SF Defenders to administer the PFT in their units. This is a great opportunity for Defenders to unofficially take the PFT and provide valuable feedback.  Then in the Fall of 2022, all Defenders will have multiple opportunities to take the final version of the SF Tier 2 PFT during a multi-month adaptation period prior to official adoption, not yet determined.

As we move ahead on this effort with the ESU, it will take an Enterprise effort to ensure we are focused on enhancing Defender physical fitness to ensure our continued success as Operational ready Defenders!

Important Note:  The above photos are NOT the test components…these are the task that drove the development of the components…which are pending approval…once all components are approved, we will have a DFC ALL call to ensure Defender Nation is tracking.

Defenders…Fit To Fight!

Stay Safe…Happy Holidays!

V/R,
Brig Gen Collins
Director of Security Forces

Law Enforcement Professionalism: Training is Key in Accelerating Change

In March 2021, the Director of Security Forces commissioned three, multi-major command reviews to assess training, review policy, strategy, and guidance, and evaluate mindset.

The reviews provided insights suggesting the force should realign on base defense. The Defender NEXT 32 (DEFNEXT32) initiative is an Enterprise-wide initiative that aims to refocus Air Base Ground Defense (ABGD) competencies as the Security Forces foundation.

The Total Force Approach is focused on optimizing the execution of ABGD through training. Security Forces will continue to refine lines of effort to ensure all Defenders are not just qualified but proficient at core skills.

Defenders must be proficient at core skills to ensure they have the muscle memory to analyze and determine appropriate actions for a variety of different scenarios. Training must be executed as it will be performed on duty because failure to do so has the potential to lead to catastrophic consequences.

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