by Senior Airman Ericka Engblom
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
5/20/2013 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- They are seen every day.
Standing in line at the gas station, walking with their children to the
bus stop, buying groceries, one of the masses--nobody important. When
they don their uniform, everything changes. They become the protectors,
the ones who are called upon in times of need, the ones who keep us
safe. The events of National Police Week gave thanks to law enforcement
officials across the nation.
Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., celebrated National Police Week with several events May 13 through 17.
Twenty-six members competed in a pistol shoot at the shoot house on
base. Troops were required to shoot targets from a variety of positions
after completing an array of exercises. Staff Sgt. Jonathan Vahl, 27th
Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, won with a score 213 out of
230. Capt. Scott Haselden, 27th SOSFS, placed second with a score of
Six teams participated in the obstacle course. Three teams were from the
27th SOSFS, two were from the Cannon Fire Department, and one was a
group of CrossFit athletes. Team Planeter's from the 27th SOSFS won with
a time of 8 minutes and 52 seconds.
A retreat ceremony was held in front of Building 1 to honor those in law
enforcement who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
During the event a prayer was said for the fallen heroes and their
families. The name of each officer who died in the line of duty this
year, including each fallen K-9, was read. The ceremony concluded with
the folding of the American flag by the base Honor Guard.
The events of the week ended with the 27th SOSFS dog handlers putting on a display of their abilities.
The observance of National Police Week allowed the local community an
opportunity to honor the men and women who sacrifice both their time and
safety for others.