HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, M.N. --
The Holloman Air Force Base community observed National Police Week May 15 through 19, culminating in a retreat ceremony here at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.
National Police Week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others, according to the National Peace Officer's Memorial Fund website. Ceremonies are held annually in Washington, D.C., as well as in communities across the nation.
"It gives us a time when we can honor those officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their local communities and nation," said Master Sgt. Jason Haberman, the 49th Security Forces Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge of operations support.
This week helps serve as a reminder to appreciate those keeping the community safe every day.
“The week brings the SFS together, boosts comradery, and allows us time to reflect on both civilian officers and our fellow security forces across America and serving oversees that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Tech. Sgt. Casey Hill, the 49th SFS NCOIC of Integrated Defense.
Security forces Airmen and law enforcement face potentially hazardous situations every day, whether it be in response to a domestic dispute, a traffic stop or on a mission in support of contingency operations around the globe.
"While there are certainly career fields that are dangerous, security forces Airmen, along with our other federal and civilian law enforcement brothers and sisters, are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice every single day,” said Haberman. “I feel that most people in the community don't normally think about what we as law enforcement sacrifice. National Police Week serves to remind not only the law enforcement community, but the nation as a whole."
During the week-long observance, the base community participated in a shooting competition where military members had the opportunity to celebrate and have a friendly competition with others who serve. This was also a way to pay homage to those who have served before them.
At the end of the week the base will hold a closing ceremony at Heritage Park for the community to come together and close out police week with the security forces prayer.
"Police Week is important because it gives us the opportunity to honor those that risk their lives and put themselves in harm's way every single day,” said Haberman.