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Police Week events honor the fallen


The 90th Security Forces Group will host several events May 15-19 during Police Week to honor law enforcement officers who gave their lives while serving our nation. The scheduled events will include an obstacle course, 5K run, shoot out, ruck march, static display and golf tournament.

“The importance of Police Week is to memorialize our fallen,” said Master Sgt. John Gaunt, 90th Security Forces Squadron flight chief. “We want to let the families, friends and co-workers of the deceased know that we have not forgotten those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The remembrance began May 15 at 7 a.m. with a “Silent Guard” dedication followed by the opening ceremony at the base flagpole. Proceeds for several of the events will be given to the nonprofit group, Concerns of Police Survivors, commonly referred to as C.O.P.S. This group provides support services to the families and co-workers of fallen law enforcement officers.

“When I was asked to volunteer for the Police Week event, I felt honored,” said Staff Sgt. Bryan Gill, 90th SFS, kennel master. “The best part of it all is that we are recognizing and honoring our fallen law enforcement brothers and sisters.”

Police Week was first proclaimed by John F. Kennedy in 1967, and has evolved into a week of remembrance and celebration for fallen police officers around the nation.

“We are hoping for a big turnout this year,” Gaunt said. “We would like to invite the entire 90th Missile Wing to come out and support the cause.”