11th Security Forces Group Defenders Support National Law Enforcement Memorial Candlelight Vigil

By Joseph L. Rector

On 13 May 2019, members of the 11th Security Forces Group and the National Capital Region – Maryland Chapter, represented the Air Force as part of the Honor Cordon for the arrival of the family members of those fallen police officers being memorialized. Master Sergeant Jeremy Graves, Master Sergeant Samuel Warren and Staff Sergeant Darius Jones-McGee participated as part of the honor cordon and Technical Sergeant Rachael Webb attended to document the Vigil. Two fallen Air Force Defenders were memorialized on the National Law Enforcement Memorial this year: Captain George E. Morris and SSgt Todd “TJ” Lobraico, Jr.

Captain Morris served as the Kirtland Air Force Base Provost Marshal. He was killed on the morning of 3 April 1956 when he responded to a flightline emergency. The right tire of a RB66 reconnaissance bomber, which had just landed, was on fire and suddenly exploded. Captain Morris was about 30 feet away and was hit and killed by debris from the wheel assembly.

Staff Sergeant Lobraico was killed on 5 September 2013 in Afghanistan. According to his Bronze Star with Valor Medal Citation, “Sergeant Lobraico volunteered to establish a listening and observation post eight miles outside the Bagram Airfield perimeter in order to deter enemy mortar and rocket attacks. Lobraico took the point position on the mission, scouting ahead and providing security for his fire team. While moving he discovered an insurgent force which was in the process of setting up to ambush his fire team with rocket propelled grenades, small arms, and an improvised explosive device. With total disregard for his own safety, he placed himself directly between his fire team and the insurgents who unleashed a hellish barrage of rocket, grenade, and small arms fire. Sergeant Lobraico took immediate and decisive actions while braving this intense enemy fire, and was mortally wounded while directing the maneuver of his fire team to covered positions from which they could effectively defend themselves and return fire on the enemy positions. His actions were instrumental in gaining fire superiority and the survival of his team."

While attending the Vigil, the 11 SFG team was able to link up with a large contingent from the 105th Base Defense Squadron from the New York Air National Guard to include Senior Master Sergeant Todd Lobraico, father of Staff Sergeant Todd Lobraico, Jr.

This Candlelight Vigil was the 31th year the event has been held to honor fallen law enforcement officers. Dedicated in 1991, the Law Enforcement Memorial now contains 21,910 names, 371 which were added this year. For more on the National Law Enforcement Fund and the Memorial, check out the website at https://nleomf.org/


From left to right: Technical Sergeant Rachel Ward, Master Sergeant Samuel Warren, Senior Master Sergeant Todd Lobraico father of Staff Sergeant Todd Lobraico, Jr., Master Sergeant Jeremy Graves and Staff Sergeant Darius Jones-McGee (Photo by Deputy Alejandra Warren, Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office) 






Staff Sergeant Darius Jones-McGee, Master Sergeant Samuel Warren and Master Sergeant Jeremy Graves march into position as part of the Honor Cordon. (Photo by Technical Sergeant Rachael Webb, 11th Security Forces Group)



AF Director of Security Forces Attends Air University Press Book Launch

By Air University Press, Air University Press, 20 May 20, 2019

Volume 2 of Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency fills in some of the gaps from the first book and brings in the perspective of some notable general officers, Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents, security forces officers, an Army infantry officer and a member of the airlift community. (Image courtesy of Air University Press)

The Air Force’s top defender notes the relevance of air base defense to the entire service community and it’s criticality to airpower itself.

Brigadier Gen. Andrea Tullos, Air Force director of security forces and deputy chief of staff for logistics, engineering and force protection, made those observations at the Air University Press book launch for volume 2 of Defending Air Bases in an Age of Insurgency, May 14, 2019, here.

“We know that airpower projection starts on the ground,” she said. “Air base defense is everyone’s responsibility. We’re all defenders, and in today’s environment there are no sanctuary areas for airpower. ABD is an inflection point for the new National Defense Strategy. It is a foundational point for me … it’s not only timely but timeless.”

Tullos, a former 42nd Air Base Wing commander, identified the Air University community as a key driver in elevating issues to the chief of staff of the Air Force through its scholarly examination of topics affecting airpower projection and force readiness, also pointing out that today’s leaders “learn here what makes us tick through deep learning, critical thinking and writing.”

The book’s editor and coauthor, retired Col. Shannon Caudill, built volume 2 from the work of students participating in a yearlong Air Command and Staff College research elective he taught on counterinsurgency and base defense, which was a partnership with the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

“I used my time at Air University to reflect on my experience in Iraq and wanted to help the next generation of Airmen better prepare themselves for counterinsurgency and the strategic changes occurring in today’s operational environment,” he said.

Four of the students in Caudill’s ABD seminar were pilots and operators from the F-22, F-15, F-16 and A-10 communities.

“They understood and appreciated that as operators, they would very likely become responsible for the defense of an air base in the future,” he said.

Their selection of this elective and writing, Caudill added, also reinforces the important point that the defense of air bases is “a critical component of airpower itself and that ABD is not a parochial interest of security forces.”

Coauthor retired Col. Bill DeMarco, ACSC faculty and who stood up one of the initial Air Mobility Command contingency response groups, noted that his chapter was based on his School of Advanced Air and Space Studies research paper.

Volume 2 fills in some of the gaps from the first book and brings in the perspective of some notable general officers, including retired Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, former vice director for joint force development, Joint Staff; Maj Gen Bradley D. Spacy, commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center; retired Lt. Gen. Walter Buchanan III, a former commander of 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces; and retired Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, a former commander of 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern).

Additionally, this volume features writing from two Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents, an Army infantry officer, six security forces officers and a former member of the airlift community.

Coauthors Spacy and Col Erik Rundquist will be at the annual Air Force Security Forces Worldwide Symposium at the Air Force Academy, June 11-13, 2019, and books will be available.

Download the book at www.airuniversity.af.edu/AUPress/ pick up a copy at AU Press or order a copy (free for DOD) by calling (334) 953-4859.

Memorial Day

Christopher Dion, MSgt, USAF (Retired)


On the last Monday in May, the bugle call is heard and the hearts of all Americans are called to formation, in order to render tokens of honor and appreciation to those who gave the last full measure. On this day we visit monuments of stone, metal, and marble that mark the final resting place of humans and furry warriors for whom the word hero was created. After the ceremonies are ended, the barbeques are then lit, families are gathered, and glasses are raised in order that we who live may honor their memory by clinging tighter to one another and tasting the sweetness of life that they can no longer enjoy.

This day is one of the most difficult of days for many. There are those that mourn the complacency that has infiltrated the life of America and led to her losing her sense of the sacredness of this day. There are those that mourn the dilution of American patriotism that these fallen warriors lived by, which has been caused by politics and protest. There are those that mourn the husband, wife, mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or child whose selfless service led them to be laid in ground hallowed by the blood they spilled. There is the living warrior who sheds tears that are seen and unseen, for the brother or sister that put on a uniform with them, but never returned to take it off again. For these and many more, Memorial Day carries with it a weight few can comprehend.

It falls upon us, who here remain, to stand for those who stood for us. It is imperative that we do not sit silent, but we must also not be vile in the volume of our sound. We must stand and speak and share their story. We must live a life that exemplifies the standard by which they lived and died. We must ensure that the next generation in our homes, schools, and communities are taught the price and value of their service. We must restore in America the patriotism we once held dear, the sense of history that we learned by, and we must renew a national knowledge of the documents and their basis upon which America was built.

We know that America, like the heroes for which Memorial Day exists, may be imperfect. However, no other nation has done as much to correct and rectify its errors. No other country has voluntarily spilt as much blood and treasure out on the altar of freedom and liberty. No other country has given as much in selfless service to lift all other ships to a higher level equal to their own. Finally, no other nation has as many heroes, buried in as many countries and territories, not owned by them and never intended to be owned by them, as this imperfect country. A country which began as an experiment based on principles of responsible freedom, equal opportunity, and individual liberty.

This Memorial Day, let us utilize the emotion raised by the memory of fallen warriors who never asked “Why me?”. Let us be inspired to do more, love more, live more, and serve more, that tomorrow our Nation will be one degree closer to the perfection we strive to achieve. May we ever remember that we are One Nation, Under God, indivisible and eternally indebted to those who sacrificed all.

LEOSA Credential Renewals Opened 1 May 2019

By April Hamilton

The DCS - LEOSA team has begun preparing for upcoming card renewals! They will begin accepting Service Requests for renewals on MAY 1ST! Current card holders can begin applying for renewal up to SIX MONTHS before the expiration date with the Early Bird renewal program and discounted pricing! Early Bird pricing ($100) will be applied to renewals submitted 4-6 months before the expiration date. Applications received within 3 months and up to the expiration date will require the full renewal price ($125). Renewals will require updated personal information, a new passport-style photo, Endorsement letter for 926B cards, and new FBI Identity History Summary for Air Force 926C card holders.

NOTE: The issuance/expiration date of renewed cards will be the same month/day as the initial card unless the application is received AFTER the initial issuance date.

In addition to including online renewals, the automated LEOSAOnline.com website has been under major construction and has been relaunched! It is now open to all LEOSA applicants: Air Force, Army and Navy!

The new platform provides an updated workflow that is more efficient and user-friendly. All account information and application questions will be answered directly within a LEOSAOnline.com account, and digital uploading is required for all photos, application documents and service requests. The updated website will allow users to log in and out of the accounts without losing information, and the new ‘Status’ feature shows when the application is submitted to DCS, being reviewed and completed! DCS believes these new features will increase user-friendliness and greatly improve the application process for everyone!


AFSFA Dedicates its Headquarters


On the morning of 30 March 2019, during at the mid-year board meeting, President Scott Castillo and Executive Director John Probst unveiled a plaque which dedicated the AFSFA Headquarters in the memory of Col Nicholas A. Keck. Nick was a Founding and Life Member of AFSFA. He edited Tiger Flight for 15 years, served on the Board of Directors for two terms, was the AFSFA Secretary and the first inductee into the AFSFA Hall of Fame in 2008 and the only active duty member present at the founding of our Association. Nick’s contagious smile and laugh and candor will be sorely missed. Nick is survived by his wife Felice Hendrickson Keck, and their two children, Kristopher and Nicole.


Additionally, at the regular meeting of the Sacramento Valley Chapter on 23 February 2019 the chapter membership voted to change the name of the Chapter to the “Col Nicholas A. Keck/Sacramento Valley Chapter” in honor of their late member, Nick Keck. Nick’s contributions, support, and presence will be honored and remembered with the renaming of the chapter.

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