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Seymour Johnson SFS celebrates Police Week with local community

Members of the 4th Security Forces Squadron render salutes to honor the fallen police officers during the closing ceremony of Police week, April 21, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Police Week is a five-day celebration with events such as an 8.3- mile ruck march, community day and a shoot, move and communicate challenge.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

Members of the 4th Security Forces Squadron render salutes to honor the fallen police officers during the closing ceremony of Police week, April 21, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Police Week is a five-day celebration with events such as an 8.3-mile ruck march, community day and a shoot, move and communicate challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

Members of the explosive ordnance disposal flight participated in a shoot, move and communicate challenge during Police week, April 20, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The competition consisted of a team challenge in which they had to rescue hostages in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

Members of the explosive ordnance disposal flight participated in a shoot, move and communicate challenge during Police week, April 20, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. The competition consisted of a team challenge in which they had to rescue hostages in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

Airman Xavier De Leon (left), and Airman Calahan Ross (right), 4th Security Forces Squadron entry controllers finish an 8.3-mile ruck march during police week, April 17, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Police week was created in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

U.S. Air Force Airman Xavier De Leon (left), and Airman Calahan Ross (right), 4th Security Forces Squadron entry controllers finish an 8.3-mile ruck march during police week, April 17, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Police week was created in 1962 by then President John F. Kennedy in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda A. Loera)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The 4th Security Forces Squadron, in partnership with the Goldsboro Police Department, held several events in observance of Police Week April 17 through 21.

 

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation, which made May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

 

“Usually, Police Week is the week of May 15, but due to the air show happening in May, we celebrated it in April,” said Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Barker, 4th SFS day-shift flight chief. “We held different events throughout the week, which allowed the community a chance to see a side of security forces and the Goldsboro Police Department they are not too familiar with.”

 

The first day consisted of the opening ceremony with remarks from Col. Brian Armstrong, 4th Fighter Wing vice commander, followed by an 8.3-mile ruck march. Airmen from different squadrons participated in the event.

 

“It is with great honor I stand here to pay tribute to the brave men and women of the 4th Security Forces Squadron as well as the law enforcement officers around the world for their service and sacrifice,” Armstrong said.

 

Other events held throughout the week allowed Airmen and members of the local community to partake in activities and interact with different departments of law enforcement. Children visited with the local police officers and viewed different static displays presented.

 

One of the most interactive events was a shoot, move and communicate challenge. Different squadrons from around the base teamed up and tested their skills during an obstacle course, in which they rescued hostages during a timed event.

 

“This was a good opportunity to get the community involved, recognize Goldsboro law enforcement and give them our appreciation for their long hours and hard work,” said Tech Sgt. Steveison Ivory, 4th SFS flight sergeant.

 

The weeklong tribute concluded with a retreat ceremony to honor six brave men and women who wore the badge and made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

“I believe local law enforcement has a greater stressor, and I think as military, we have a certain area we call our own,” Barker said, “Even though our job may be a little different than civilian law enforcement, we all fight the exact same fight. We’re here to protect and serve to the very best of our ability. Sometimes that can be challenging, but more often, it can be very satisfying and fulfilling.”