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AFSPC security forces lend hand at Keesler
KEESLER AFB, Miss. – Airman 1st Class Brian Carragher, 90th Security Forces Group member at F.E. Warren AFB, Mont., and Airman First Class Tyecha Ellison, 78th SF Squadron member, look over an entry authorization list while performing entry control point duties at Pass Gate here Saturday evening. Air Force Space Command deployed approximately 80 security forces members to Keesler in support of Joint Task Force Katrina to provide relief to the 81st SF Squadron. Security forces members from the 90th Space Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., and the 341st SW at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., completely assumed base security Saturday, allowing for Keesler security forces members time off to assess damage to their property and make arrangements for their families. (Photo by Capt. Warren Neary)
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AFSPC security forces lend hand at Keesler

Posted 9/12/2005   Updated 6/22/2006 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman John Parie
341st Space Wing Public Affairs

9/12/2005 - KEESLER AFB, Miss.  -- Security forces members from across Air Force Space Command are lending a helping hand here.

Teams from Malmstrom AFB, Mont., and F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo., arrived Sept. 5 to provide relief for security forces members at Keesler who have been directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"We are helping them out the best we can so they can get some of their personal affairs in order after what Katrina did to the base," said Staff. Sgt. Thomas Ryan, from Malmstrom's 341st Security Forces Squadron.

The deployed security forces members' duty day begins at 1:30 a.m. and lasts an average of 15 hours each day. Jobs change from day to day, depending on what base personnel need.

"I've done everything from foot patrols in housing on and off base to assisting in base clean up efforts," Sergeant Ryan said.

Airman 1st Class Jodie Walker, a security forces member from F.E. Warren, has also been doing foot patrols here.

"After seeing all the destruction Hurricane Katrina brought to this base, I'm really glad they called me to help," said Airman Walker.

Airman 1st Class Nicole McKean, a security forces member from F.E. Warren, is equally happy to help.

"I think coming down here and taking over day-to-day operations for the security forces here is a very important job," said Airman McKean. "These people need the time off to straighten out everything that has happen to them in the last week."

In addition to security forces members, AFSPC has deployed helicopter pilots, flight engineers and people from personnel, services and public affairs. This is the first time AFSPC has deployed its helicopters outside of their daily mission of intercontinental ballistic missile field security.

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