Air Force

May 10, 2013

Security Forces defend the base

Senior Airman Arlene Berker, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron vehicle search area member, checks the undercarriage of a vehicle during an inspection April 30. 380th ESFS “defenders” provide 24/7 security for base assets and personnel. Berker is deployed from Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., and is a native of Mundelien, Ill.

SOUTHWEST ASIA — The 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Airmen work tirelessly to ensure every aspect of the wing is protected at all times through the use of modern technology and vigilance.

“We have our force protection escorts who take care of people from the inside and our defenders, out on the posts and towers, who take care of threats from the outside,” said 1st Lt. Nikki Smith, 380 ESFS operations officer and Phoenix, Ariz., native. “Our goal here is to ensure that the mission is secure, and we do that wholeheartedly.”

From a quick reaction force, able to respond immediately if an alarm goes off, to the Tactical Automated Security System monitoring the perimeter of the base, the many different components work together to provide 24/7 security here.

“We take care of personnel security, operational security, industrial security and information security,” Smith said.

Base defense is set up in layers, she explained. The wing works with the host nation who provides the outermost security, then we have force protection Airmen to keep an eye on the people who come through the gates and we have “defenders” on the patrols, posts and towers.

“Everybody does their part to make sure we’re safe on this base,” said Airman 1st Class Ervin Anduha, 380 ESFS security forces apprentice, who is currently assigned to the vehicle search area and is deployed here from Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. “Safety is our number one goal in the VSA. We have to make sure there is nothing dangerous coming on the base.”

Senior Airman Amber Ricketson, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron quick response force, apprehends an intruder played by Staff Sgt. Tiffany Cooke, 380 SFS training member, while Staff Sgt. Daniel Kaltenegger, 380th SFS patrolman, provides cover during a base defense exercise at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia Mar. 29. The exercise objective was to test the security forces reaction-time in the event that intruders threatened Air Force assets. Ricketson is deployed from McCord Air Force Base, Wash., Cooke is deployed from Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and Kaltenegger is deployed from Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

The 380 ESFS works jointly with the host nation, the office of special investigations and the anti-terrorism office to come up with a thorough and effective security plan that meets the wing commander’s vision, according to Smith. Ultimately, the goal of base defense is to ensure mission success by protecting people and assets.

“We’re here to get the job done not only here, but also to ensure the wing’s ability to support Operation Enduring Freedom over Afghanistan,” Smith said. “The defenders we have on post will in no way let us down. I have complete confidence in their abilities and their knowledge of the weapons systems.”

There are many components to base defense that work together to comprise impenetrable layers, ensuring the resources and personnel of the 380 AEW are protected so the mission can be accomplished daily.

“There are a lot of people counting on you to do your job to make sure nothing bad happens,” Anduha, the Pukalani, Hawaii, native said. “It feels good contributing to something that’s bigger than yourself.”

 

Staff Sgt. Luis Escobar, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron vehicle search area assistant flight chief, uses a mirror to check the underside of a large truck during a search April 30. 380th ESFS “defenders” provide 24/7 security for base assets and personnel. Escobar is a deployed member of Puerto Rico Air National Guard and is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Nellis readies for Red Flag 15-2

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 555th Fighter Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy, approaches the runway for landing during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Feb....
 
 

Nellis to host AF wounded warrior trials

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, British and Australian wounded warriors will convene here Feb. 27 through March 5 for the 2015 Air Force Trials. The trials are an adaptive sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being of seriously ill and injured military members and veterans. Nellis...
 
 

75-day leave carryover ending September 30

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements. Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve members who have...
 

 

AEF Teaming brings new order of business to deployments

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For many Airmen deployments are hard to understand, and for leaders they’re hard to sell and to sustain. Implemented in Oct. 2014, Air Expeditionary Forces Teaming was designed as a way to improve predictability, visibility and stability for units and Airmen while maintaining the flexibility to satisfy combatant commander...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

Pushed to limit: Red Flag participants leave prepped for success

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A B-2 Spirit assigned to the 393rd Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., makes a final approach before landing during Red Flag 15-1 at Nellis AFB, Nev., Feb. 6. The B...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo

Air Force Medicine: A vision for future

U.S. Air Force photo Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Thomas W. Travis is the Surgeon General of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON  — The United States Air Force’s core missions are air and space super...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin