Week honors the fallen, builds camaraderie|
by Kelly Deichert
Air University Public Affairs
5/18/2012 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- To remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and foster a sense of camaraderie among River Region agencies, the 42nd Security Forces Squadron hosted Police Week events this week at Maxwell Air Force Base.
"Their sacrifice was in one word - noble," said Maj. Tony Castillo, commander of the 42nd Security Forces Squadron. "It was noble sacrifice that each officer made every day, putting others ahead of themselves to serve and protect the communities that they lived in."
Events included a breakfast Monday, retreat ceremony featuring retired Chief Master Sgt. Brye McMillon Tuesday and two competitions. The Battle of the Badges Thursday included a tug-of-war competition, basketball tournament and softball home run derby. Today's second annual Warrior Challenge aims to find the fastest, most-agile, best shooting two-person team in the River Region.
Police Week also is a chance for base personnel to spend time with city, state and county law enforcement officers, who work together to keep the community safe.
"(This week) allows us to foster and strengthen our relationships in the chance that one day we might have to work together," said Staff Sgt. Brandon Barnes, the noncommissioned officer in charge of physical security for the 42nd Security Forces Squadron.
During the events, law enforcement personnel share stories and experiences, strengthening bonds.
"I believe it is interesting for both sides to hear our different stories," Barnes said. "Our military security force members get to share stories about being downrange in support of (Operation Iraqi Freedom), (Operation Enduring Freedom), (Operation New Dawn), while our community partners get a chance to share some of their local experiences."
Police Week also honors the families and friends of law enforcement personnel, those who support them and keep their memories alive.
Castillo quoted an unknown author: "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." He said these words are poignant during Police Week. "No truer words were ever written," he said of the officers' love for their families, dedication to their professions and ultimate sacrifice, which will not be forgotten.