National Police Week 2018

Security Forces members salute during official ceremony.

Members of the 49th Security Forces Squadron salute during the singing of the national anthem as part of the National Police Week retreat ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 18, 2018. This year’s recognition week consisted of a variety of events including an opening ceremony, breakfast with local civilian law enforcement partners, a three-day shooting competition, various memorial workouts and a retreat ceremony at Heritage Park. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

Security Forces members salute during ceremony.

Members of the 49th Security Forces Squadron salute during the singing of the national anthem as part of the National Police Week retreat ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 18, 2018. Congress established National Police Week in 1962 under the direction of former President John F. Kennedy to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

Security Forces member speaks at ceremony.

Tech. Sgt. Justin Goad, 49th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, speaks during the National Police Week retreat ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 18, 2018. Congress established National Police Week in 1962 under the direction of former President John F. Kennedy to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

Alamogordo Chief of Police giving speech at ceremony.

Brian Peete, Alamogordo Chief of Police, gives a speech during the National Police Week retreat ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 18, 2018. Federal and state law enforcement officers were invited to Holloman’s National Police Week events to strengthen ties between the base and local community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

Security Forces members saluting during ceremony.

Members of the 49th Security Forces Squadron salute during the playing of taps as part of the National Police Week retreat ceremony at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 18, 2018. The retreat ceremony honored civilian and military law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Staff Sgt. Erik Lilly, 49th Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Control watch supervisor, shoots a Beretta M9 during a shooting competition at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 15, 2018. The shooting competition was one of several events honoring National Police Week at Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Staff Sgt. Brandyn Sloan, 49th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms instructor, supervises a Beretta M9 shooting competition at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 15, 2018. The shooting competition was one of several events honoring National Police Week at Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Security Forces members workout.

Airman 1st Class Raymond Trevizo (left) and Airman 1st Class Dante Ramirez (right), 49th Security Forces installation entry controllers, perform burpees during a memorial workout at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 16, 2018. The memorial workout honored the two security forces members and four Office of Special Investigations agents who were killed outside of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on December 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

A 49th Security Forces Squadron Combat Arms Instructor counts out 9mm ammo during a police week shooting competition at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., May 15, 2018. The top 10 shooters were awarded with a medal. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

Security Forces members workout.
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Master Sgt. Jarrod Getz, 49th Security Forces Squadron logistics superintendent, performs a deadlift during a memorial workout at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 16, 2018. The memorial workout was part of National Police Week and honored the six Air Force members lost in the Hustler 6 tragedy outside of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on December 21, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. BreeAnn Sachs)

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0084 - Airman 1st Class Jaun Santos, 49th Civil Engineering Squadron engineering assistant, shoots a Beretta M9 during a shooting competition at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., on May 15, 2018. The competition was one of several events honoring National Police Week at Holloman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Young)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – --

Members of Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., honored fallen civilian and military law enforcement officers during National Police Week, on May 13-19.

Congress established National Police Week in 1962 under the direction of former President John F. Kennedy to honor law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

This year’s recognition week consisted of a variety of events including an opening ceremony, breakfast with local civilian law enforcement partners, a three-day shooting competition, various memorial workouts and a retreat ceremony at Heritage Park.

“Throughout the week, activities were held to bring together on-and off-base law enforcement members in the spirit of camaraderie and competition,” said Lt. Col. David Mays, 49th Security Forces Squadron commander. “All activities were open to both state and federal law enforcement officers to increase our continued need to work together in protection of our communities and residents.”

Police Week also brought the 49th SFS closer together. Each morning squadron members joined for a themed workout in honor of fallen security forces members.

“It is extremely important to immortalize those who fall in the service of our nation,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Denecke, 49th SFS electronic security systems non-commissioned officer in charge. “It honors their memory and the sacrifices they made for all of us.”

Denecke organized a workout to specifically honor the Hustler 6 tragedy. On Dec. 21, 2015, two security forces members and four Office of Special Investigations agents were killed outside of Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. The fallen members included Special Agent Adrianna Vorderbruggen, Special Agent Chester McBride, Special Agent Peter Taub, Special Agent Michael Cinco, Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lemm and Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa.

“I worked with Lemm and Bones when I was stationed at a previous base, and I knew McBride before he became an OSI agent,” said Denecke. “It is extremely important to immortalize those who fall in the service of our nation because it honors their memory and the sacrifices they made for all of us.”

We must never forget the sacrifices our law enforcement officers make every day.

“Unfortunately, due to the nature of our profession, police officers are required to make arrests and issue citations,” said Mays. “As you might imagine, this isn’t always appreciated by those receiving. After all, who likes getting pulled over? Being a police officer is much more than making arrests and tickets. Police officers risk their lives on a daily basis to preserve the safety and security of all Americans.”