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The Security Forces Prayer

Lord, you have called up to be guardians of a nation founded on your principles. Whatever our tasks as Security Forces men and women, we do them to serve you and our nation. We are proud to accept the responsibility of this high calling. We dedicate ourselves to our vocation, and ask for guidance and courage in aiding our people to live with dignity, in safety and peace. We know that true security comes from your presence, so we pray with the psalmist: You bless those who obey you, Lord; Your love protects them like a shield. Use us, O Lord, as shields for your people, reflecting your security and peace.     Amen


JACOBSON

A1C ELIZABETH JACOBSON

September 28, 2010 - "A1C Elizabeth Jacobson was an excellent troop whose tenacity to do her best was well recognized." So says the supervisor of the first female to be killed in action since the Vietnam War. It has been five years since A1C Jacobson , 21, was on that ill-fated convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device near the Iraqi town of Safwan. She had been deployed to Camp Bucca, Iraq, from the 17th SFS at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, as a member of Operation Iraqui Freedom and was providing security for the convoy. After her death, she was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronz Star and Air Force Achievement medals. She was one of eight Security Forces members killed in comat in Operation Iraqui Freedom.

(Story by Ted Whitlock)


MCELROY                  NORTON

SSGT BRIAN McELROY AND TSGT JASON NORTON

January 22,2006 - Two airmen, one from Oklahoma and the other from Texas, were killed in Iraq when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while they were escorting a convoy near Taji. They were Staff Sergeant Brian McElroy, 28, of San Antonio, Texas and Technical Sergeant Jason L. Norton, 31, of Miami, Oklahoma. Both men were assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.


HELTON      HELTON

1ST.LT. JOSEPH D. HELTON

September 8, 2009 - An Air Force Academy graduate became the first security forces officer killed in Iraq or Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded close to his vehicle near Baghdad. The blast killed 1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton, who was deployed from the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.


ALDEN

SENIOR AIRMAN NICHOLAS J. ALDEN

March 2, 2011 - Sr. Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25 of Williamston, South Carolina was killed in a shooting at Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. He was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadon at Royal Air Force, Lakenheath, England.


GRIFFIN

SSGT TRAVIS L. GRIFFIN

1ST.LT. TRAVIS L. GRIFFIN

April 3, 2008 - Staff Sergeant (SSgt) Travis L. Griffin, 28, was killed in action when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near his vehicle while on patrol in Baghdad. SSgt Griffin was temporarily assigned to the Multinational Force in Iraq from the 377th Security Forces Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base New Mexico.


CHAVIS

A1C LEEBERNARD E. CHAVIS

October 14, 2006 - Airman First Class (A1C) Leebernard E. Chavis, 21, assigned to the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, was killed by enemy gunfire in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. He was performing duties as a member of a U.S. military police training team supporting Iraqi police at the time of his death.


SELF

SSGT. JOHN T. SELF

May 14, 2007 - Staff Sgt. John T. Self lost his life while on his 79th combat patrol as a fire team leader assisting Iraqis taking back the streets of Baghdad. An improvised explosive device tore through his vehicle killing him and wounding three fellow Airmen on the patrol. The Airmen were part of a police transition team belonging to Detachment 3 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. SSgt Self volunteered for this deployment while he was deployed to Al Udeid (Air Base, Qatar)


NATHON

A1C JASON D. NATHAN

June 23, 2007 - Airman 1st Class (A1C) Jason D. Nathan, 22, of Macon, Ga., died in Iraq of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near his vehicle during a patrol assignment. While deployed, Airman Nathan was assigned to Detachment 6 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Camp Speicher, Iraq. At the time of the incident, Airman Nathan was performing gunner duties with his squad in support of an Iraq Police Transition Team mission when an IED detonated and struck his vehicle. After a brief assignment to Fort Lewis, Wash., for training, Nathan was attached to the 732nd Expeditionary Group, 332nd Air Expedition in Iraq in February. His mission was to train and protect Iraqi police officers in Tikrit.




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