DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Davis-Monthan Air Force Base participated in National Police Week from May 13 – May 19, 2018.
Police Week is held each year to commemorate fallen law enforcement officers and highlight the security forces mission.
"Police Week gives law enforcement officers the opportunity to memorialize and pay respects to our fallen officers," said Master Sgt. Megan Harper, 355th Security Forces Squadron swing shift flight chief.
Defenders from the 355th SFS, Air Force Office of Special Investigations as well as members of local and federal law enforcement agencies participated in various activities throughout the week. These activities included a ruck march, shooting competition, golf tournament and a community engagement workshop.
"It’s a way to bridge the gap between defenders and the community,” Harper said. "It’s about giving back to the community because the number one mission for us is taking care of people.”
The community engagement event showcased the 355th SFS’s varied mission set and included vehicles, a military working dog exercise and OSI offering child identification kits.
Police week events concluded on Friday, May 18, 2018 with a retreat ceremony at Heritage Park. The ceremony commemorated the 14 defenders that have been killed in actions since the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and included a reading of their names and a flag folding.
"I believe police week is the best way to showcase what we do as defenders day in and day out as well as take time to memorialize those that made that final sacrifice,” said Harper.