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Malmstrom recognizes National Police Week

Senior Master Sgt. James Wilfong, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron manager, speaks at a retreat ceremony during National Police Week May 15, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. During National Police Week, planned events pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Senior Master Sgt. James Wilfong, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron manager, speaks at a retreat ceremony during National Police Week May 15, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. During National Police Week, planned events pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Members of the Malmstrom Base Honor Guard fold a flag at a retreat ceremony during National Police Week May 15, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. A flag was folded during the retreat ceremony to honor law enforcement members who have fallen in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Members of the Malmstrom Base Honor Guard fold a flag at a retreat ceremony during National Police Week May 15, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. A flag was folded during the retreat ceremony to honor law enforcement members who have fallen in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Senior Airman Raymond Dwoznick, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force assaulter, competes in an M-9 pistol shooting competition during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Airmen from the base, the Office of Special Investigations and local law enforcement participated in a shooting competition at the base’s combat arms training and maintenance range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Senior Airman Raymond Dwoznick, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force assaulter, competes in an M-9 pistol shooting competition during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Airmen from the base, the Office of Special Investigations and local law enforcement participated in a shooting competition at the base’s combat arms training and maintenance range. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Staff Sgt. Alex Callahan, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force NCO in charge of the armory, counts points on a target at a shooting competition during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Participants in the shooting competition took turns performing different timed drills while accumulating points toward an overall score. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Staff Sgt. Alex Callahan, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron tactical response force NCO in charge of the armory, counts points on a target at a shooting competition during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Participants in the shooting competition took turns performing different timed drills while accumulating points toward an overall score. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Caldwell, 341st Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, performs a K-9 demonstration for Air Force ROTC cadets during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Security forces visited Chief Joseph Elementary School and various locations across base to provide demonstrations of K-9 capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

Staff Sgt. Jordan Caldwell, 341st Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, performs a K-9 demonstration for Air Force ROTC cadets during National Police Week May 17, 2017, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Security forces visited Chief Joseph Elementary School and various locations across base to provide demonstrations of K-9 capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Daniel Brosam)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- To honor law enforcement members during National Police Week 2017, Airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base held security forces sponsored events May 15-19.

The week’s events began with a retreat ceremony at Medal of Honor Park where guest speaker Senior Master Sgt. James Wilfong, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron manager, reminded defenders of the importance of their job.

“There are people out there that want to disrupt our way of life, they want to challenge our authority as law enforcement officers and they want to do us harm,” Wilfong said. “Just know that you are charged with the highest calling … that you may one day be put in a position to make a massive decision that can have a direct strategic-level impact.”

Following, Senior Airmen Brian Ramsey, 341st MSFS, and Basil Huynh, 341st Security Forces Group, read the names of law enforcement members who have fallen in the line of duty from May 2016 to present, and a flag was lowered during the playing of the national anthem.

“National Police Week is to remember the fallen, celebrate the families and show appreciation for those who sign up to do the job,” said 1st Lt. Jennifer Carr, 341st Security Forces Squadron flight commander. “It doesn’t matter the weather, what day of the week it is or what holiday it is, we still have to provide the presence of safety and security.”

On Wednesday, Airmen from the base, the Office of Special Investigations and local law enforcement participated in an M-9 pistol shooting competition at the base’s combat arms training and maintenance range. Participants took turns performing different timed drills while accumulating points toward an overall score.

“The shooting competition is all about making a relationship, building camaraderie and having fun,” Carr said.

The events continued with a security forces visit to Chief Joseph Elementary School and various locations across base where defenders provided demonstrations of K-9 capabilities.

Staff Sgt. Jordan Caldwell, 341st SFS military working dog handler instructor, said K-9s have a mission to do just like their human counterparts.

“They seek only to please and we require and ask so much of them, to protect and serve, to live for the mission,” Caldwell said. “In return, they should garner the same respect and honor that we ourselves do.”

Thursday, defender family members were invited to a day-in-the-life where they were able to witness the processes defenders go through each day to prepare for the mission.

The week’s events ended with a static display at the Exchange parking lot where tactical response force, convoy response force, MWD handlers and defenders from confinement brought vehicles and equipment to share with guests.

“Continue taking your job and training serious, and protecting your brothers and sisters to your left and right,” Wilfong said. “Most importantly, always remember the fallen.”