Team Andersen celebrates Police Week 2018 with local community on Guam
By Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis, 36th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 17, 2018
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --
Air Force security forces and off-base law enforcement officers came together May 14 through 18 to celebrate National Police Week 2018.
Police Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Memorial ceremonies are held annually on Guam to pay homage to those who have served before them.
“National Police Week is a time dedicated to honoring the police officers who have fallen in service as well as continuing to support the officers who are currently serving,” said Senior Airman Carly Brenner, 36th Security Forces Squadron defender. “To me, it is important to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to protect others. We want to make sure the legacy of those officers is never forgotten.”
There are more than 200 law enforcement personnel comprised of enlisted, officers and civilians, in roles of patrolmen, investigators, dispatchers, working dog handlers and Office of Special Investigations agents, on Andersen AFB.
“To kick off the week, Andersen held the Chief’s Cup sports competition with military and community law enforcement officers on Guam,” said Airman 1st Class Heavenly Lunsford, 36th SFS defender. “It is important to include the Guam Police Department because we can’t do it without them. Off base, they protect and serve our service members and families just like we do on base.”
During the weeklong remembrance, base and local community members joined defenders during law enforcement skills exhibitions to allow service members and families to meet defenders and see how security forces protects the base.
“For some of the events, Airmen who are not security forces have come out to show their fight and support to law enforcement as well,” Lunsford said. “Police Week is not only about mourning, but it is a time celebrate our mission and the brave men and women who serve every day.”