Salutes & Awards

February 28, 2014

99th SFS wins ACC Outstanding Large Security Forces Unit award

Senior Airman Jeremiah Simmons, 99th Security Force Squadron armory technician, conducts an armory inventory check Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The majority of the work the armory Airmen conduct is checking weapons in and out to other security forces Airmen and maintaining accountability of weapons.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The results are in! The 99th Security Forces Squadron is the 2013 Air Combat Command Outstanding Large Security Forces Unit.

“This team of warriors truly exemplifies the very best of our Air Force,” said Col. Barry Cornish, 99th Air Base Wing commander.

The squadron was up against over 14 bases in ACC and will now compete at the Air Force level selection process.

“I was ecstatic when I heard the news,” said Maj. Richard Martin, 99th Security Forces Squadron commander. “This reinforces what I always tell the Airmen, that this is a great unit because of them.”

Airmen assigned to the 99th SFS have a range of responsibilities. Whether protecting the base or deploying for overseas operations, they are equipped with the tools needed to succeed by their leadership.

“The environment that has been built on base by leadership, has given us the ability to do our jobs and be creative,” said Martin. “Leadership wants us to be innovative.”

Staff Sgt. Zach Barkhymer, 99th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, conducts a bi-annual weapons inspection Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Combat arms specialists lead, manage, supervise and implement small arms weapons training programs. Their duties include operating firing ranges, enforcing range safety, inspecting and repairing
weaponry, performing preventative maintenance, developing training aides and determining resource requirements.

The award is based on the size of the unit, and how well the unit performs during the year.

There are approximately 300 Airmen assigned to the 99th SFS and the squadron now has a chance to win the Air Force level award.

“I Believe our Airmen won due to their sustained outstanding performance throughout the year,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery Vallery. “It is an honor to protect those who protect America.”

Some of the accomplishments of the 99th SFS speak for themselves on how important their work has been the past year.

They’ve lead ACC’s 1st active shooter train-the-trainer program as well as coordinated with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, local business owners and apartment owners in an effort to improve high crime areas. The end result was a reduced crime rate in the local area by 20 percent.

These accomplishments and many others have ultimately secured their success as ACC’s Outstanding Large Security Forces Unit.

Staff Sgt. Alauna Pruitt, 99th Security Forces Squadron SF leader, initiates a restricted area patrol, Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. SF Airmen conduct routine checks to ensure base safety.


Senior Airman Laura Habbinga, 99th Security Forces Squadron visitors control center clerk, checks an entry authorization list Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. According to the Air Force website, one of the career tasks of a security forces specialist include ensuring the safety of all base weapons, property and members from hostile forces.


Staff Sgt. Bobbie Ohm, 99th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, conducts a MWD aggression training demonstration with the assistance of Senior Airman Andrew Woodard, 99th SFS MWD handler and Habo, 99th SFS MWD, during a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps visit Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Ohm and Woodard demonstrated various commands used with Habo to apprehend a suspect.


Airman 1st Class Taquisha Sweet, 99th Security Forces Squadron SF journeyman, checks a common access card at Beale gate, Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 99th SFS provides flight line security, police services, antiterrorism and force protection for Nellis and Creech AFBs.


Staff Sgt. Zach Barkhymer, 99th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, conducts a bi-annual weapons inspection Feb. 21 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Barkhymer took apart the gun and inspected every element to ensure proper operation.

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