Ron Slagle, a prior USAF Defender and now Police Corporal at Marion, Iowa Police Department, decided he wanted to fill a very recently created void in the sneaker market … and he wanted to do it in such a way to not only Honor and Respect police officers but also to help them. So he did just that by designing a new sneaker that you can preorder here https://honor-respect.com/

The site also features some good looking ball caps and shirts you would be proud to wear.

If you visit the web site you will see their mission statement: “Honor And Respect LLC is committed to bringing respect to all first responders that devote their lives to helping all of us. When you purchase a pair of Honor And Respect athletic shoes you are taking a step for the responders. We stand with all first responders and are here to assist them in their time of need.”


The sales proceeds from these sneakers benefit Code 9 and Blue H.E.L.P, two organizations which strive to improve the lives of officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ron wrote to us: “ … it’s been a whirlwind since the Fox and Friends segment, all good though. Yes, feel free to share the site and shoe and the apparel to all Defenders. I am a proud 8-year active duty AF Defender and would feel it to be an honor to be associated with your organization [AFSFA]. Thanks, Ron Slagle.”


This position is responsible for providing training to our Law Enforcement, Government, Military and International customer base. The MILO Instructor position is a very diverse position, and will be responsible for training our customers on the use of our Use-of-Force simulator. The instructor is autonomous and is often out on a training site or service location with no direct support and must be prepared to adapt to overcome any situation, successfully.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Learn the operation of several simulators on multiple OS platforms
  • Work effectively, as part of a team, with a positive attitude
  • Travel to different job sites, both foreign and domestic
  • Conducting multi-day instruction to our customer base
  • Perform QA on specific vendor parts
  • Provide on the phone support to our customer base
  • Service and update computer equipment from 2000-present
  • On-site computer repair and depot
  • Writing of technical manuals

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Must be proficient in all Windows environments
  • Must be able to adapt to different end-users
  • Must have firm understanding of mechanical assembly, electronics, computer networks and computer assembly
  • Responsible for creating and updating core curriculum
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Must have 2-5 years’ experience in field
  • Must have significant computer experience
  • 2+ years of experience in training
  • Must be willing to travel 50-75%
  • Must be willing to travel internationally
  • Must be able to qualify for US Passport
  • Having prior law enforcement or military experience, a plus
  • Experience with weapons, a plus
  • Must be a motivated self-starter

Documentation Required:

  • DD-214, if claiming military experience
  • College degree, if claiming education from an accredited university
  • Certification from a law enforcement academy, if claiming experience

Hiring Process: Throughout the hiring process, the potential candidate will be tested on their Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) relevant to the job.

Job Post: 201921

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Hardware, Software, Training Reshaped as Part of ‘Year of the Defender’ Initiative

By Nick DeCicco, 60th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs, Travis AFB, CA, 19 June 2019

The Air Force has undertaken a comprehensive effort to revitalize and reconfigure its security forces squadrons during the past year with the Reconstitute Defender Initiative.


Airman 1st Class Christopher Shaffer, 60th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman, clears his M4 rifle June 18, 2019, at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Security forces Airmen like Shaffer are responsible for protecting resources and personnel for the Air Force’s largest air mobility wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Hodgman)


Travis Air Force Base is no exception. The initial push is 2019's "Year of the Defender," something Master Sgt. Joshua Wells, 60th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of operations, said aims to adapt, update and evolve the unit's approach on many fronts, from the digital realm to Airmen's practical, day-to-day mission.

"It's meeting a need that the Air Force has in our career field to revive development for our people," Wells said. "They're taking the initiative here on the ground to foresee the needs that are being directed from up top."

Air Force leadership has identified eight areas of focus: Human capital, competent/lethal defenders, improved policy, modern equipment, modern weapons, improved facilities, improved infrastructure and integrated technology.

"We must always take integrated and layered base defense to a new level by increasing investment in our defenders with new equipment, new training, new tactics, techniques and procedures, and renewed focus at every echelon of command," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "This is the Year of the Defender because we don’t project power without the network of bases and infrastructure needed to execute multi-domain operations."

What that means on the ground at Travis AFB is a bevy of changes, including modernizing tactics and training. One example is the discontinuation of career development courses in favor of on-the-job training. Wells said CDCs felt more like homework and prepared Airmen to answer a question in a book, but didn't necessarily deliver the practical knowledge needed to accomplish the mission.

"Now these guys have to sit in a car or out on a post or after shift or before shift with their troop, look at the training outline, go through the objectives, evaluate them and then document that they did it," Wells said. "Our career field requires you to talk with other people. You can't be great at a book and not be great with people in our career field and be successful."

Changing, too, is the content as well as the intervals of training courses. Pre-deployment training previously packaged all ranks into one training session each time they prepared to depart. Now, Wells said, enlisted Airmen are grouped by rank into one of four tiers for a training session at Fort Bliss, Texas, that certifies each Airman for a four-year period.

Wells said the demands of the mission, which sent many defenders to deployed locations on a regular basis, created gaps in the training and experience needed to deploy.

"Some of our law enforcement training and resources were falling by the wayside," he said. "They had to balance that out and I think that one of the initiatives here is to find that healthy balance to make us a lethal and diverse career field."

Other changes come in the digital realm. Booking stations and, specifically, the processing of fingerprints were overhauled. Gone for fingerprinting is a system that relied on ink on cards sent through the mail to a central location for processing. In its place is a digital scanner that electronically submits data straight to an FBI database.

"It's a huge improvement in how we do law enforcement and how we do criminal case reporting," Wells said.

Travis AFB is also a beta-test site for new case-management software, which seeks to improve the flow of incident reporting and the sharing of information between bases and agencies.

Year of the Defender initiatives are not confined to software and training, however. An Air Force-wide initiative involves new standard duty weapons, replacing the M9 Beretta, a 9 mm pistol, with the M18 SIG Sauer Modular Handgun System. All security forces units are expected to receive their full complement of M18s by 2020.

Wells said, that although the year of the defender and RDI are specific to security forces, they're part of a larger picture when it comes to the mission of the base and the service.

"We're the subject-matter experts because we do defense all day, every day," he said. "But when we get those other people in there, they have some fundamentals that we can apply to the overall defense plan … every Airman is a defender, essentially."

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.

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