Air Force Names New Security Forces Director

Brig Gen(s) Brian A. Filler was announced as the 27th Director of Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. He is the focal point for ensuring base defense, the physical security of Air Force nuclear assets and planning, and programming for more than 43,000 Active-Duty and Reserve Component members worldwide. He provides policy and oversight for protecting Air Force resources from terrorism, criminal acts, sabotage, and acts of war. Brig Gen(s) Filler also ensures that Defenders are trained, equipped and ready to support contingency and exercise plans in support of the Department of the Air Force’s Great Power Competition missions.

Brig Gen(s) Filler, who assumed the post on 15 July, said, “I look forward to serving with and representing the 43,000 Total Force Defenders worldwide. I will work tirelessly to serve Defenders on the ground standing watch around the globe.”

Prior to serving in this role, Brig Gen(s) Filler served as the Director, Air Force Colonels Management. In this role, he led the team coordinating personnel actions for over 4,000 Active Duty Colonels and Colonel selects for the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services. He advised the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff, and senior leaders on assignments, retirements, professional education, and development opportunities, and implements force management policies, long range plans, force analysis and joint officer management.

Brig Gen(s) Filler graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1999. He previously commanded the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada and the 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana where he also served as the Deputy Commander, 341st Security Forces Group. Additionally, he served as the Vice Commander, 39th Air Base Wing, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. He completed staff tours as an Antiterrorism Officer at U.S. European Command, Chief, Nuclear Security Division on the Air Staff, and Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Colonel Filler deployed to Qatar in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and supported Operation INHERENT RESOLVE from Turkey. Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Filler was Commander, 501st Combat Support Wing, RAF Alconbury, UK.

“Defenders have an important role to play in Great Power Competition,” Brig Gen(s) Filler said. “I am confident we will rise to tomorrow’s challenges to support the greatest Air Force in the world.”

Security Forces Foundation Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Filing Deadline 31 July Annually

The Security Forces Foundation Scholarship Funds filing period started 1 June and runs until 31 July annually. Applicants will be able to open and download the application forms during that period. There are three funds awarding a total of ten (10) $500.00 grants yearly.

The Charles J. Heubusch Scholarship Fund

The Charles J. Heubusch Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of Colonel (ret) Charles J. Heubusch a 27-year veteran Air Police and Security Police officer who felt strongly about the importance of caring for the young, enlisted Security Police force always stressing the importance of education.

This scholarship fund is open to all enlisted, active duty, Security Forces members in the rank of E-6 and below. Their spouses are also eligible to compete for the two (2) Charles J. Heubusch Scholarship Fund $500.00 grants awarded annually. Those pursuing education in accredited community, junior and four-year university programs are eligible for these grants.

CJ Heubusch Scholarship Fund documents can be downloaded here starting 1 June annually.

The Schlussel Family Scholarship Fund

The Schlussel family established a Scholarship Fund to honor the unsung members in the Air Force Security Forces. The Schlussel family has three generations who served in various positions from the Army Air Corps to the United States Air Force. Every one of these officers felt the enlisted troops they served with were unrecognized in the overall responsibility they held. Security Forces is the single largest enlisted career-field in the Air Force and also have the most interaction with all people (military and civilian) associated with our facilities. Education is an important element for all professionals and the Schlussel family wants to enable these unrecognized Security Force members to improve themselves and thus the Air Force.

This scholarship fund is open to all enlisted, active duty, Security Forces members in the rank of E-6 and below. Their spouses are also eligible to compete for the two (2) Schlussel Family Scholarship Fund $500.00 grants awarded annually. Those pursuing education in accredited community, junior and four-year university programs are eligible for these grants.

Schlussel Family Scholarship Fund documents can be downloaded here starting 1 June annually.

Security Forces Foundation Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund is open to all enlisted Security Forces members of the total force (active duty, Air National Guard and AF Reserve) in the rank of E-6 and below. Their spouses are eligible to compete for the six (6) Air Force Security Forces Foundation Fund $500.00 grants awarded annually. Those pursuing education in accredited community, junior and four-year university programs are eligible for these grants.

Security Force Foundation Scholarship Fund documents can be downloaded here starting 1 June annually.

The completed forms, both individual’s and commander’s, must be submitted by mail or as PDF files between 1 June and 31 July annually to:

AFSFA National Headquarters
P.O. Box 683
Helotes, TX 78023                 or                     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The selection panel for both funds consider all information provided by each applicant on the required forms. Award announcements will be released at the AFSFA National Meeting annually, on the AFSFA web site and personally to all award recipients.

All questions should be directed to AFSFA National Headquarters at: (888) 250-9876 or (210) 277-0448 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Several exciting opportunities are available at System High for security professionals. We are looking for individuals with experience in program security and activity security representatives to support a recently awarded contract with GDIT, providing security support services to the Air Force Special Access Programs (SAP).

Opportunities exist at Kirtland AFB, NM, Hanscom AFB, MA and Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. For this AF contract there are no specific closeout dates for these positions, but we encourage interested candidates to apply as soon as possible. For more specifics, interested candidates can visit our career page where all our current openings are posted: Job Opportunities (paycomonline.net)

Julian Torres is the lead on this contract, and he will be the main point of contact. Below is his contact information, as well as the contact information for his team members. If any candidates are interested, they should reach out to Julian and his team directly. I have also added the entire team to this email.

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Defender Family – I wanted to personally let you know that Maj Gen Sherman was selected for a new position - as Vice Superintendent of the Air Force Academy. He began his new position last week. As the first Two Star in the role, he will help develop the leaders that our Airmen and Guardians need.

Maj Gen Sherman wants to convey his honor in serving as your Director and advocate for the past two years. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve everyone that makes up the Total Force.

Effectively immediately, I will serve as Acting Director, Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters United States Air Force. I look forward to advocating for the career field until our new Director, Brig Gen(S) Brian Filler assumes the position.

 It is only June, but this has been an incredibly fast-paced year for our Defender Family. Great power competition is the central context for the future of air and space power. The Department of the Air Force is doing more than ever before to deter, defend, and, if necessary, defeat aggression against the United States, our allies, partners, and our interests.

Defenders answered the call these past few years, culminating in groundbreaking events such as Defender Flag and a refocused Defender Challenge. The hard work across the career field delivered results both in our base defense operations and in our ability to shape and influence the work being done for the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) scheme of maneuver. These events helped to demonstrate that with the right mindset and focus, Security Forces can be a combat capable and lethal expeditionary force for 2024 and beyond.

Our Defender Family made incredible progress - and you should be proud you were a part of that success. I am excited to watch as Defenders launch into the future with the same drive and make ourselves ready for what the future holds and what our Department of the Air Force needs.

Thank you for everything you do every day. It is not lost on us what you endure to Defend the Airmen, Guardians, Families, and Resources that collectively make us the most powerful force on Earth. Please take stock in how incredibly important each one of you are to our Defender Family and to the Department of the Air Force.

Mr Timothy A. Gerald
Acting Director Security Forces

Read the article here: Air Force Elevates USAFA Vice Superintendent to General Officer Role (airandspaceforces.com)

Security Forces, Public Affairs Among Winners at 2024 Tinker Spark Tank Competition
By Clayton Cummins, Tinker AFB, OK, Published May 29, 2024

Judges of the 2024 Spark Tank Competition ask questions to presenters who are advocating their innovative idea be funded at Tinker Air Force Base May 14, 2024. The annual Spark Tank competition leverages the inherent innovation of Airmen to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the 72nd Air Base Wing’s mission to train hard, rapidly deploy, fight and win. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Paul Shirk)

$30,000 in Spark Tank Innovation funds were awarded to two entities of the 72nd Air Base Wing at Tinker Air Force Base May 14, 2024.

Spark Tank is an annual competition where Airmen pitch innovative ideas to 72nd Air Base Wing leadership. Ideas must be aimed at creating transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the 72nd ABW’s mission to train hard, rapidly deploy, fight and win.

Submissions for the competition were accepted in early 2024. The top six submissions were voted on and presented to 72nd ABW leadership at the Tinker Event Center.

Judges of the Spark Tank competition consisted of Col. Abby Ruscetta, 72nd Air Base Wing and Installation commander, Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Sipos, 72nd ABW Command Chief, Maj. Michael Kazakoff, 72nd Comptroller Squadron Commander, Chief Master Sgt.  Thomas Kasten, 72nd Mission Support Group Senior Enlisted Leader and Ms. Roena Roberts, 72nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Director.

For this year’s competition, Team Tinker was challenged to think about innovative solutions to transform how the 72nd ABW drives research, development, testing, sustainment, support, and infrastructure to optimize combat readiness in all aspects.

“The big idea here is, we put our money where our mouth is,” said Ruscetta. “We reward our innovators so we can let them pursue their ideas.”

Awarded $15,000, and placing third, was the 72nd ABW Public Affairs Office with its idea to upgrade and modernize its photo studio. The upgrade aims to increase efficiency in room set-up and switching between photo styles, backdrops and assist with customer experience.

72nd Security Forces Squadron was awarded $10,000, and second place, with its idea to build a new training site. The facility, created within an existing building, would be used for active shooter training, close quarters battle and any other threat response. Spark Tank Innovation funds will be used to provide doors/windows and potentially provide the rest of the funding to finish the project.

Master Sgt Alejandro Figueroa presents his idea to construct a larger, more effective training site for the 72nd Security Forces Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base May 14, 2024. The annual Spark Tank competition leverages the inherent innovation of Airmen to create transformative opportunities and foster a culture of innovation to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the 72nd Air Base Wing’s mission to train hard, rapidly deploy, fight and win. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Paul Shirk)

First place, and $5,000, was also awarded to 72nd Security Forces Squadron for its submission to purchase iPads. Defenders will use the tablets to gain instant access to multiple law enforcement databases which enable agencies to operate more efficiently, effectively, and safely in fulfilling their mission to protect and serve the community.

“There are a lot of smart people in this room that came together with some great ideas to push forward,” said Ruscetta. “Thank you for bringing your ideas and for the courage to come up here to present and pitch them.  For those who did not win today—hold your head high.  You have a great idea and you stood tall today and presented it to us.  Keep pushing those good ideas.”

Anthony Drummond, representing the 72nd ABW Civil Engineering Directorate and Joshua Schwertner, representing the 72nd ABW Communications Directorate, also presented ideas to the Spark Tank judges.

The Spark Tank competition is slated to return in 2025, where leadership hope to see another group of innovators come forward with ideas to transform how the 72nd ABW drives research, development, testing, sustainment, support, and infrastructure to optimize combat readiness in all aspects.

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