General Officer Announcement

On 27 October 2023 -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced today that the president has made the following nomination:

Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Sherman for appointment to the grade of major general.  Sherman is currently serving as the director, Security Forces, Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C

On 5 December 2023 -- Brig. Gen. Thomas P. Sherman was promoted to Major General! Congrats Defender ... well done!!!!

Maxwell Air Force Base personnel and family members gathered on 27 September 2023 to unveil a memorial plaque honoring the memory and contributions of Lt. Col. Brian Copper, Jr.  Maxwell will be building a new Commercial Vehicle Inspection gate that will bear Copper’s name. Copper, who passed away in 2020 while on active duty, was a previous commander of the 42d Security Forces Squadron at Maxwell. He went on to serve at the Air Staff where he contributed to the largest modification of Security Forces training in more than 20 years. (US Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox)


(Left to right) Judith Copper, Brian Copper, Sr., Col. Ryan Richardson, Maj. Brent Luch, Chief Master Sgt. Kerry Thompson, and Tabatha Copper unveil the memorial plaque honoring the memory and contributions of Lt. Col. Brian Copper, Jr., Sep. 27, 2023.

Defender Family,

At the end of August, I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on the current threat landscape and the future direction for the career field at the 2023 SF Worldwide Symposium. We thank all involved for supporting, briefing, attending, and engaging in the Worldwide. It was a tremendous success because of their contributions.

Our Department of the Air Force leadership has been talking a lot about strategic competition lately. In fact, at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference in September, Air Force leadership spoke extensively about the topic and how it will guide our future efforts.

2023 CONGRATS are in order ….

Security Forces Foundation Scholarship Awardees

AFSFA maintains three scholarship funds awarding up to ten (10) $500.00 grants yearly. These scholarships are available to all enlisted, active duty, ANG and AF Res Security Forces members in the rank of E-6 and below and their spouses. Filing period is 1 June through 31 July every year and the announcement and forms are found at the AFSFA web site:

AFSFA congratulates the following recipients:

 2023 Charles J. Heubusch Scholarships recipients are:
- Kali M. Thompson, spouse TSgt AGR, 233rd SFS, Colorado ANG, Greeley, CO
- TSgt Kaitlynn R. Mascetti, 31st SFS Aviano AB, Italy

2023 Security Forces Foundation Scholarship recipients are:
- SSgt Brooke L. Dietzman, 10th SFS, USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO
- TSgt Michael A. Montoya, 21st SFS, Peterson SFB, CO
- SSgt Drake E. Davis, 316th SFG, JB Andrews, MD
- TSgt Paul G. Amidon, 627th SFS, JB Lewis McChord, WA
- TSgt Valeriechanel Casey, 816th SFS, JB Andrews, MD
- Sherry B. Cassmann, spouse TSgt, 460th SFS, Buckley SFB, CO

2023 Schlussel Family Scholarship recipients are:
- SSgt Hunter D. Quist, 90th SFS, F.E. Warren AFB, WY
- TSgt Melinda F. Rasmussen, 21st SFS, Peterson SFB, CO




Congratulations to the 2023 BGen Allen J. Jamerson AFSFA Chapters of the Year:

Chapter of the Year:                        Billie Renfroe Chapter
Runner-Up Chapter of the Year:     Ron Blatman Evergreen Chapter





Congratulations to the 2023 BGen James M. Shamess AFSFA Writing Award:
“Critical Thinking in an Ever-Changing Environment: How Security Forces uses Weapons and Tactics” by SMSgt Patrick Meade, AFSOC/A4. The article was published in the October – December 2022 Security Forces magazine, Volume 31, No. 4.

The committee also recognized one article of merit for Honorable Mention, which is:
“90 SFG Hosts Regional Training Center Workshop” by SrA Demi Fletcher, 90 GCTS/S1. The article was published in Vol 31, No. 3 (July – September 2022) of the Security Forces Magazine.




Congratulations to 2023 AFSFA Hall of Fame Inductees:
- Karl Blinkinsop
- Chuck Trovarello
- Sally Uebelacker-Shaw
- David Van Pay




AFSFA Officers & Board of Directors 2023 Electees:

- Vice President John Lynch
- Secretary Terry Ferguson
- Sgt-at-Arms Willie Phillips

Board of Directors:
- Jim Fullwood
- Jim Saulnier
- Chuck Trovarello

A Proclamation on Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day, 2023

May 26, 2023
From The White House

“On Memorial Day, we honor America’s beloved daughters and sons who gave their last full measure of devotion to this Nation.  We can never fully repay the debt we owe these fallen heroes.  But today, we vow to rededicate ourselves to the work for which they gave their lives, and we recommit to supporting the families, caregivers, and survivors they left behind.

For generations, stretching back to the formation of our country, these courageous people answered duty’s call, willing to give their lives for that which we all hold dear.  They fought for our Independence.  They defended our democracy.  They sacrificed for our freedom.  And today, as they lie in eternal peace, we continue to live by the light of liberty that they so bravely kept burning bright around the world.”

Enjoy your weekend, and please remember those who are no longer with us.


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