2018 Security Forces Unit Award Winners:

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Air Reserve Component" Award Winner: 165 SFS, ANG, Garden City, GA led by Maj Michelle Sabala and CMSgt Daniel B. Florin

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Small Category" Award Winner: 11 SPTS, AFDW, Andrews AFB, MD led by Maj Alexander R. Ligget and SMSgt Christopher W. Young

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Medium Category" Award Winner: 22 SFS, AMC, McConnell AFB, KS led by Lt Col John C. Farmer and CMSgt Rebecca F. McNelley

- United States Air Force Outstanding Unit "Large Category" Award Winner: 6 SFS, AMC, MacDill AFB, FL led by Lt Col Robert L. Moore and CMSgt Jason Q. Shaffer


2018 Security Forces Individual Awards Winners:

 - Colonel Billy Jack Carter Award: MSgt Thomas E. Kasten, AETC, 71 SFS, Vance AFB, OK

 - A1C Elizabeth Jacobson Award for Expeditionary Excellence: SRA Tristan B. Hernandez, AFSOC, 27 SOSFS, Cannon AFB, NM

 - SSgt 'TJ' Lobraico Award for Excellence: TSgt Charles B. McFall, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Air Reserve Component Company Grade Officer: Capt Andrew M. Stolten, AFRC, 11 SFS, Joint Base Andrews AFB, MD

 - Air Reserve Component Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Oscar Munoz, AFRC, 452 SFS, March ARB, CA

 - Air Reserve Component Noncommissioned Officer:   TSgt Brian A. Davies, Jr., ANG, 103 SFS, Bradley ANGB, CT

 - Air Reserve Component Airman: SSgt Marrisa K. Ayers, AFRC, 445 SFS, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

 - Air Reserve Component Civilian: Mr. Mark J. Long, ANG, 105 BDS, Stewart ANGB, NY

 - Company Grade Officer: Capt Jennifer M. Rockwell, ACC, 799 SFS, Creech AFB, NV

 - Flight Level Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Megan E. Thompson, USAFE, 31 SFS, Aviano AB, Italy

 - Flight Level Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Juliane L. Breault, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Flight Level Airman:   SrA Travis S. Summers, USAFE, 52 SFS, Spangdahlem AB, Germany

 - Support Staff Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt Shannon G. Hutto, PACAF, 35 SFS, Misawa AB, Japan

 - Support Staff Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Samantha J. Padilla, PACAF, 673 SFS, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK

 - Support Staff Airman: SrA Brendon L. Ballew, ACC, 9 SFS, Beale AFB, CA

 - Support Staff Civilian: Mr. Jonathan A. Vance, AETC, 802 SFS, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX

 - Flight Level Civilian Employee (Supervisor): Mr. James L. Rackley, AETC, 14 SFS, Columbus AFB, MS

 - Flight Level Civilian Employee (Non-Supervisor): Mr. Jerald Turner, AFSOC, 1 SOSFS, Hurlburt Field, FL

 - Higher Headquarters Company Grade Officer:   Capt Robert A. Rice, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA, Ramstein AB, Germany

 - Higher Headquarters Noncommissioned Officer:   SMSgt David J. Edwards, HQ ACC, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

 - Higher Headquarters Civilian: Mr. Marc R. Huth, HQ AMC, Scott AFB, IL

 These awards bring much deserved credit to the units and individuals within the applicable units, installations and the United States Air Force. AFSFA sends our sincerest congratulations to all unit and individual nominees and winners for their significant achievements. HOOAH!

Tenets of Defender Performance Optimization
By CMSgt Tamala L. Hartz














What if I told you we were creating a multi-pronged approach to improving the quality of life for our Defenders? For far too long we have focused efforts on equipment, vehicles, and weapons without investing in the system that operates all of these instruments to ‘Defend the Base’. Defenders are the most important aspect of executing the defense of our installations and through Defender Performance Optimization (DPO) we are restructuring multiple efforts into a single venture to invest in our Defenders like the Air Force does a weapons system. DPO is not a program, it is a shift in our Security Forces culture. The focus is to invest early and care for Defenders, so they can reach optimal performance daily in their lives and if needed on the battle field. DPO utilizes optimization related research and emerging technologies to create Defenders who can thrive in a complex, high-tempo environment, as well as succeed in their personal lives.

Every Defender will be introduced to the DPO culture immediately in tech training, followed by in our practices at every duty location. There will be a shift in our practices such as, at guardmount we will take time preparing our bodies for sustained wear of load bearing equipment, we will allow our Defenders to sit down and eat healthy options while posted, we will make time in the schedule for Defender based physical fitness, and we will have a predictable schedule to encourage work/life balance, just to name a few. All of this is great, but we need to share more on how we plan to achieve this optimization.

As a critical component of the Reconstitute Defender Initiative, DPO is using techniques to arm Defenders with the skills and tools needed to reach optimal performance in multiple areas. I will explain a little about some of them to give you an idea of how all of these efforts are linked to each other, and demonstrate when one is not right it will influence another. Collaborating with the Air Force Exercise Science Unit, we are currently developing a physical fitness regimen designed to off-set the physical challenges associated with Security Forces daily duties. This includes exercises and stretching to create the durability to do our job without long term physical impacts. We are also changing our physical fitness assessment to correlate with our operational requirements. This ensures our physical fitness capabilities are directly linked to our ability to perform our job. Next, working with the nutritionists, we are teaching our Defenders how to care for their bodies through eating and drinking the right stuff at the right time. Our Clinical Psychologist is focusing on mind tactics and the effects of central nervous system activation to prepare Defenders mentally for how they will react, feel and cope with the life of a Defender and exposure to stressful situations. Teaming up with the medical community and researchers, another key component of DPO is maximizing sleep and restoration to ensure clarity of thought and good judgment. These and many more aspects of DPO not only help our Defenders survive, but can catapult them to thrive in our community. I have replaced my photo with a visual aid that depicts the linked tenants of DPO.

Finally, our Air Force Senior Leaders recognize the need for this investment in our Defenders and have provided support, funding and commitment to making these efforts a reality. In closing, the amazing Airmen who choose to serve our great nation deserve the best possible efforts to not only make them great Defenders, but stronger and more capable Americans.

As always, thank you for what you do for our country, our Air Force, and our career field.

Security Forces General Officer Nominations & Moves

Air Force Brig. Gen. Andrea D. Tullos has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Tullos is currently serving as the director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia. Her next assignment is Commander 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, MS.

Air Force Brig. Gen. John T. Wilcox II has been nominated for appointment to the rank of major general. Wilcox is currently serving as the director, Operations and Communications, Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. His next assignment is Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) in San Antonio, TX.

Air Force Col. Roy W. Collins has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Collins is currently serving as the chief, Strategic Planning Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia. His next assignment is director of security forces, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Arlington, Virginia.


Congratulations to both of these Security Forces leaders! Well done Defenders!

USAF CoS to Speak at 2019 AFSFA National Meeting!


If you have never attended an AFSFA National Meeting this year’s in San Antonio would be a great place to start! The 33rd 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.

As in the recent past, we will be based at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Antonio Airport, 37 NE Loop 410 (at McCullough), San Antonio, Texas, 78216 from 25-29 September 2019. You can make reservations by calling (210) 366-2424 and be sure to identify yourself as being with the “Air Force Security” to get the meeting rate. You can also go online at: http://tinyurl.com/y5k2rov4 . The room rates are guaranteed up to 25 August 2019, after that they may not be available.

The room rate is $119.00 plus tax, for single, double, triple or quad occupancy in each room and includes a full complimentary hot breakfast, free parking, free Wifi and complimentary airport shuttle service as well as service within a three-mile radius of hotel. Individuals may also book addition days up to three days before and three after the meeting dates (25-29 Sep) at that rate but you must call the reservation phone number listed.

The relatively new Wednesday small batch tour on 25 September for 14-28 folks, will include a guided tour of the five San Antonio missions to include the Alamo, a patio lunch at the Institute of Texan Cultures followed by tasting room tours of three local whiskey distilleries.

Thursday morning options include: the early morning golf tournament or the three, free professional security training seminars worth continuing education credits. Certificates will be provided and the seminars are free to members and Defenders in the San Antonio area. You will want to arrive Wednesday evening for either event.

Members will start picking up their registration packets in the hotel lobby Thursday at 1600 and the Meet and Greet Social will start at 1800.

Both Friday and Saturday morning General Membership Meetings typically run from 0800 to 1200ish hours and are open to members, spouses and guests. Following the Friday morning session there will be a tour to Camp Bullis and the Security Forces Museum and the buses will get folks back to the hotel around 1800. Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are open with no events planned.

Our Annual Banquet is on Saturday evening and starts at 1800 and is full of great food and unbeatable fellowship. General David L. Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff, has accepted our invitation to be our banquet keynote speaker.

At 0800 on Sunday we gather and pause to remember our Fallen Defenders and then … we reluctantly say our goodbyes until the next year.

Throughout most of the weekend there is a hospitality room in the hotel for all to relax in and enjoy … also known as the “war story room” and you want to make sure you don’t leave home without your coin! But just in case you did or you want to start your Christmas shopping early or you need something new for your “I love me wall” …. the AFSFA Country Store and most of the chapters will have lots of memorabilia for sale.

AFSFA will mail/email detailed registration packets to all AFSFA members in late July.

Hope to see you’all there!

Air Force's Newest Security Forces Colonels!!!

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been selected for promotion to the rank of Colonel. Well done Defenders!!






Steven D.Bauman


James M. Clark


Ian M. Dinesen


Kathy L. Jordan


Peter J. Lex


James H. Masoner, Jr.


Anthony S. McCarty


James K. Meier


Thomas E. Segars, Jr.


Melissa L. Youderian


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33rd National Meeting
San Antonio, TX
25-29 September 2019
DoubleTree SA Airport
Group code:
Air Force Security

(210) 366-2424
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34th National Meeting
Dayton, OH
23-27 September 2020