AFSFA Has Lost Our Mother

Dr. Lucille Y. Bullock passed at 0115 hours on 20 April 2022 in San Antonio, TX with her family surrounding her.

Anyone who was a member or knew the Air Force Security Forces Association (AFSFA) also knew Dr. Lucille Y. Bullock was the mother of our association. Her fingerprints and thoughtful touch can be found on every program and effort in the association. She and Jerry helped found a professional organization for all Air Force Defenders past and present. She was extremely proud of AFSFA and its role in caring for the Security Forces career field. For 29 years ... hers was the pleasant voice you heard when calling headquarters in San Marcos, TX. And each AFSFA National Meeting was an opportunity for more and more members and their families to meet and get to know the smile and laugh of our mother. All the board members and officers also knew that if anything was going to be printed, published or handed out it had first better clear the red pen review our chief proofreader … Lucille. Simply put, she just made us all better at every turn. Lucille was a lovely and loving mom who strengthened the heart of our association. She will be missed but she has left a lasting influence on every one of us.

The family is scheduling a Celebration of Life ceremony for 1000 hours, 30 April 2022 at the First Baptist Church of San Marcos, San Marcos, TX.

Air Force Fields New Rifle to Airmen

Published April 16, 2022

By Brian Brackens, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AFNS) -- 

The Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifle is tested on a range at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., April 13, 2022. The SDMR is a semi-automatic, 7.62x51mm caliber rifle designed by Heckler & Koch for missions requiring combat over-watch with precision-fire capability to accurately engage targets up to 600 meters. (U.S. Air Force photo by Shaun Ferguson)

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Small Arms Program Office is in the final phase of delivering the Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifle, or SDMR, to units across the Air Force.

The Air Force purchased approximately 1,464 SDMRs that will be distributed across the service based on approved allowances.

The SDMR is a semi-automatic, 7.62x51mm caliber rifle designed by Heckler & Koch for missions requiring combat over-watch with precision-fire capability to accurately engage targets up to 600 meters.

The SDMR was fielded to Air Force units this year. It is a multi-role asset, set to meet multiple missions taking place around the world.

It will replace legacy M24 Sniper Weapon Systems for security forces defenders performing base defense operations in-garrison and in contingency support.

Michael Hart, the lead Small Arms Engineer is checking the Squad Designated Marksmanship Rifle's suppressor (often referred to as a “can”) external temperature after firing an Army basic combat load of 120 rounds.  Cans get hot the more rounds and the faster you shoot through them.  Michael checked the external and internal temps after each series of rounds.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Shaun Ferguson)

SDMR is lighter weight in comparison to other 7.62 platforms and will also replace the M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper Systems rifle for pararescuemen and Guardian Angels, saving them 5 pounds in gear while out on missions.

Finally, the SDMR’s precision-fire capability will be wielded by Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians to eliminate small munitions in their standoff munition disruption activities.

“We’re excited to field this incredible weapon system,” said Matthew Hamer, Small Arms Program Office lead. “Being able to field one solution that can effectively achieve multiple missions epitomizes Air Force acquisition strategies and shows Airmen ability to adapt to any situation.”

2021 Security Forces Outstanding Units & Individual Awards

I am extremely pleased to announce the following squadrons were selected as 2021 Air Force Security Forces Unit Award winners. These awards recognize the extraordinary contributions each squadron made to the DAF as a whole, the Security Forces Enterprise, and the unique missions at their respective duty stations.

 

UNIT AWARD WINNERS ARE LISTED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES:

Outstanding Large Unit:  55th Security Forces Squadron, Offutt AFB, NE (ACC)

Outstanding Medium Unit:  28th Security Forces Squadron, Ellsworth AFB, SD (AFGSC)

Outstanding Small Unit:  422d Security Forces Squadron, RAF Croughton, UK (USAFE)

Outstanding Air Reserve Component Unit:  910th Security Forces Squadron, Youngstown ARS, OH (AFRC)

These awards bring much deserved credit to each unit, the individuals assigned, their installations, and the DAF. Sincere congratulations go to all the nominees and the winners for their significant achievements.

I am extremely pleased to announce the following individuals were selected as 2021 Air Force Security Forces Individual Award winners. These Defender awards recognize the extraordinary contributions individuals made to the U.S. Air Force as a whole, the Security Forces Enterprise, and the unique missions at their respective duty stations.

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS ARE LISTED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES: 

Colonel Billy Jack Carter Award:  1st Lt Thomas R. Plasay, 9th Security Forces Squadron, Beale AFB, CA 

A1C Elizabeth Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence:  SrA Terrance T. Suitt II, 628th Security Forces Squadron, JB Charleston, SC

SSgt “TJ” Lobraico Award for Excellence:  TSgt Sean T. Rowe, 105th Base Defense Squadron, Stewart ANGB, NY

Company Grade Officer:  Capt Samuel L. Doyel, 4th Security Forces Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC

Flight-level Senior Noncommissioned Officer:  MSgt Bronsha L. Smith, 802d Security Forces Squadron, JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX

Flight-level Noncommissioned Officer:  TSgt Patrick A. Currie, 816th Security Forces Squadron, JB Andrews, MD

Flight-level Airman:  SrA Alyssa C. Salazar, 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK

Flight-level Civilian Employee (SUPERVISOR):  GS-08 Valorie J. Cothran, 96th Security Forces Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL

Flight-level Civilian Employee (NON-SUPERVISOR):  GS-07 Stephanie R. LaFayette, 6th Security Forces Squadron, MacDill AFB, FL

Support-staff Senior Noncommissioned Officer:  SMSgt Zachary W. Simpson, 18th Security Forces Squadron, Kadena AB, JP

Support-staff Noncommissioned Officer:  TSgt Alexander W. Messinger, 802d Security Forces Squadron, JB San Antonio-Lackland, TX 

Support-staff Airman:  SrA Erin D. Sherrill, 412th Security Forces Squadron, Edwards AFB, CA

Support-staff Civilian:  GS-11 Alexander T. Higdon, 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, UK

Security Forces Military Working Dog Professional of the Year:  TSgt Andres Posada, 97th Security Forces Squadron, Altus AFB, OK

Security Forces Combat Arms Professional of the Year:  SSgt Nicholas S. Mullins, 20th Security Forces Squadron, Shaw AFB, SC

Higher Headquarters Company Grade Officer:  Capt Kyle A. Buss, HQ 9th Air Force, Shaw AFB, SC

Higher Headquarters Noncommissioned Officer:  SMSgt Matthew L. Tilley, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA, Ramstein AB, GE

Higher Headquarters Civilian:  GS-11 Juan C. Chavez, HQ 12th Air Force, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Air Reserve Component Company Grade Officer:  Capt Erik M. Minshall, 178th Security Forces Squadron, Springfield ANGB, OH  

Air Reserve Component Senior Noncommissioned Officer:  MSgt Steven A. Neshkoff, 911th Security Forces Squadron, Pittsburgh ARS, PA

Air Reserve Component Noncommissioned Officer:  TSgt Justin N. Jarrett, 507th Security Forces Squadron, Tinker AFB, OK

Air Reserve Component Airman:  SrA Brandon A. Picazzo, 204th Security Forces Squadron, Fort Bliss, TX

IAW AFMAN 36-2806, military recipients of these awards are authorized to wear the Air Force Recognition Ribbon.  These awards bring much deserved credit to each unit, the individuals assigned, their installations, and the United States Air Force. Sincere congratulations go to all the nominees and the winners for their significant achievements.

VR
ROY W. COLLINS, Brig Gen, USAF
Director of Security Forces
DCS/Logistics, Engineering & Force Protection

Your AFSFA Board of Directors Candidates for 2022!

AFSFA members, as you may already know, we elect three new board members every year. The new board members are announced at the national meeting. All play a critical role in helping guide the development of programs and the association overall. Here are the requirements for board candidacy:

Each candidate must be a regular member of the Association and have maintained a paid membership in the Association for the two preceding years. The board is divided into three groups of three directors each. Each year one group of directors is elected to a term of three (3) years by the membership. Board members are expected to attend both of the board meetings each year … a mid-year meeting in San Antonio in the Spring and the National Meeting in the Fall. They also join in board teleconferences between these meetings

Current Candidates:

Scott Castillo

I was elected to my first term as an AFSFA Director in 2010. Prior to joining your Board of Directors, I provided services to the AFSFA as its Legal Counsel.  You elected me as your Vice President/President Elect in 2011, and I then assumed the position as National President four years later. Completing my term as President, I was elected to the Board of Directors.

The Board and the AFSFA Officers have done incredible work for the past several years, and I believe I have contributed to that growth and progress, and I would like to continue to be a part of that progress. I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as a Board Member, your Vice President, and as your President and I continue to be dedicated to this organization and its goals, and I wish to continue to serve the AFSFA as a member of the Board. I believe I can continue to be an asset and a benefit to the AFSFA by continuing my service on the Board of Directors. I request and would appreciate your vote.

CMSgt (ret) James I. Fullwood, Sr.

AFSFA Charter and Life member, is currently serving his 10th consecutive year as Secretary of Ron Blatman Evergreen Chapter in Washington State. He served 30 years active duty in the Air Police/Security Police career field, 1966-1997. Assignments included tours of duty stateside in North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, California, and Washington State, and overseas assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Germany, and Kuwait. His flight level duties included Close-in Sentry, Entry Controller, Security Response Team Member/Leader, Armorer, Security Controller/Alarm Monitor, Observation Tower Sentry, Quick Reaction Team Leader, Security Flight Chief, and LE Patrolman/Flight Chief. His Squadron and Group operations duties included NCOIC: Customs, Corrections, MWD, Standard Evaluation, and Sensor Systems; Superintendent: Weapons System Security, Operations, Plans and Programs, Information Security; and Chief Enlisted Manager.

He twice served as Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter President, McChord AFB 1980-83 and 1993-1995. After Air Force retirement, he worked for 11 years as a Corrections Deputy and Control Room Technician for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. He received the department Life Saver award and was their representative for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Thurston County “Cops Bowl for Kids Sake,” a joint criminal justice and fire department bowl-a-thon annual fundraiser. He retired in 2009, eight months after his wife’s Last Guardmount. Since 2014, he has been caring for his disabled younger brother.

Jim played a significant role in his Chapter being awarded the AFSFA Chapter of the Year for 2019 and 2020, and Runner-up in 2021. He continues to serve as a volunteer at the Washington State Soldiers’ Home, support Defender unit activities, contribute news articles, conduct membership briefings and recruitment, and maintain Chapter archives. He helped organize and conduct host Chapter activities during the 2014 AFSFA Conference in Seattle, WA.

Jim’s best reward is the satisfaction of helping and honoring other deserving patriots. As a candidate for AFSFA BOD, he pledges to support AFSFA goals and objectives faithfully and to the best of his ability. He will be honored to receive your vote.

CMSgt (ret) Joseph “Mitch” Mitchell

Mitch was a Defender from 1975 – 2005. After basic training and the SP Academy his assignments included Plattsburgh AFB, NY; RAF Upper Heyford, UK; Mather AFB, CA; Ramstein AB, GE; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Kunsan AB, ROK; Brunssum, NL, and Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO. His assignments ranged from alert aircraft Close-In Sentry to Security Force Manager including duties as (NATO) Chief of Security Police and Chief of International Military Police, HQ Allied Forces North Europe, Brunssum, The Netherlands. Following retirement from the Air Force, he first went to work for USAA as an Immediate Response Unit representative for insurance claims, then was hired as a Parking Enforcement Officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Specialized Enforcement Division until his retirement in 2019. Earlier, in 2012, he secured support for, and founded The Front Range Chapter. And, still serving as chapter chairman, he continues to work toward enhancing direct support resources for Defenders and their families through local engagement with veteran Defenders and area SFS units as well as efforts at AFSFA national & international levels. He holds an A.A.S, Security Administration from CCAF, an A.A., General Studies from the University of Maryland, and a B.S., Management/Human Resources from Park University, Missouri.

Col (ret) Sally Uebelacker

I have served two terms on the association board since the inception of the organization. I am a charter and life member of the association. I believe that I could benefit the organization by serving another term and would be proud to do so. I am currently the volunteer Director of the Retiree Activities Office at Kirtland Air Force Base. I have 13 years’ service at Sandia National Laboratories where I served as a Sandia Emergency Director and managed multiple security programs to include Information Security, Personnel Security, Foreign Visits and Assignments, Assurance, Integrated Protection Systems, and International Business Operations. As a member of the senior leadership for security, I was involved in the development and execution of the budget, the Center’s strategic initiatives, the effective integration of security and emergency management resources and programs, risk management, and ongoing development of organization and personnel capacity and capabilities. I served twenty-four years in the United States Air Force in Security Forces with my final assignment being the 42d Support Group Commander at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Following my Air Force retirement, I attended UNM School of Law. After graduation and becoming a licensed member of the New Mexico Bar, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Second Judicial District where I prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes. I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Tulsa, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. I am also a graduate and active member of the FBI National Academy Associates a Life-time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Certified Protection Professional.

Your 2022 AFSFA National Meeting in Dayton

If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this year’s in Dayton would be a great place to start! The 36th annual AFSFA National Meeting is shaping up to be one to remember. So let me see if I can entice you to join us this September with a general outline.

We will be based at The Radisson Convention Center Dayton, 33 East Fifth St., Dayton, OH 45402 from 21-25 September 2022. You may now call the Reservations Center at 937-660-5857 use the group code Air Force Security Forces Association to reserve a room at our group rate or you can go online at:  https://tinyurl.com/AFSFA-2022-Hotel Members are allowed to book an additional 3 days before and after the meeting at the same rate subject to availability.

The reservation link allows you to book rooms over the dates of Sunday, 19 September 2022 thru Tuesday, 27 September 2022 (check-out on Wednesday, 28 September 2022). The room rates are guaranteed up to 20 August 2022, after that they may not be available.

The room rates are: $119.00 plus tax, single/double occupancy in each room and includes a full hot breakfast, complimentary free self-parking, free Wifi and complimentary airport shuttle service to Dayton International Airport and within 5 miles radius of the hotel.

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36th National Meeting
21-25 September 2022
Radisson Dayton
33 E 5th Street
Dayton, OH 45420
Reservations link:
https://tinyurl.com/AFSFA-2022-Hotel

Or call: 937-660-5857
Use group code: AFSFA

37th National Meeting
23-27 August 2023
San Antonio, TX

38th National Meeting
Fall 2024
Ft Walton/Pensacola, FL