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Cannon Defenders Celebrate National Police Week

Two Security Forces Airmen in their dress blues uniform hold a flag open as they stand at the position of attention.

The 27 Special Operations Security Forces Squadron demonstrated a retreat ceremony in honor of National Police week on May 13 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on April 26, 2021. National Police Week celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our communities safe (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcel Williams)

A Security Forces Master Sergeant in her dress blues uniform stands at attention and holds an M4 rifle in the 'port-arms' position.

The 27 Special Operations Security Forces Squadron demonstrated a retreat ceremony in honor of National Police week on May 13 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., on April 26, 2021. National Police Week celebrates the contributions of law enforcement from around the country, recognizing their hard work, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to keeping our communities safe (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcel Williams)

A German Shepard Military Working Dog lunges to bite the arm of an Airman in a protective suit as she looks on.

Military Working Dog Ricky takes down 2nd Lt. Laken Watson, 27 Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 12, 2021. This MWD demo was a part of the event schedule for Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcel Williams)

A man strains as he lifts a heavy medicine ball over a raised bar.

Master Sgt. Kenneth Bland, 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron first sergeant, lifts a 100-pound medicine ball at the Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element rally during Police Week at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 12, 2021. Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state and federal peace officers who have died or have been disabled in the line of duty. It is celebrated May 15th of each year. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Hannah Canales)

A group of Airmen marches through a suburban style neighborhood with heavy backpacks.

Members of the 27 Special Operations Security Forces Squadron participated in police week celebrations here at Cannon Air Force Base during the week of May 10. Police Week is an observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. It is celebrated May 15th of each year. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Marcel Williams)

CANNONA AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Members of the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron participated in multiple events during the week of May 10 - May 14 to commemorate National Police Week.

National Police Week pays tribute to the local, state, and federal peace officers who have died or who have been disabled in the line of duty. It is celebrated May 15th of each year.

“Police Week is important to me because it recognizes all of the hard work and dedication that not only Security Forces members put in, but all police officers [placing] their time and lives before others” said Senior Airman Sean Kehler, 27 SOSFS Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Team Member.

Both military and civilian law enforcement officers from around the world host remembrance events to honor those that serve and protect.
“The reason for celebrating police week began in May of 1962,” Kehler said. “President John F. Kennedy declared ‘15 May and each succeeding year thereafter, as Peace Officers Memorial Day’.”


The day of remembrance also represents those that have paid the ultimate price.

For the 27 SOSFS, it was an opportunity to interact with the base community in a non-official capacity with several events open to the public, such as: a fundraiser ruck march, shooting competition, military working dog demo, DAGRE rally, and retreat.

“We only see people on their worst day and they associate us with that bad day,” said Special Agent Joe Parise, Detachment 120 superintendent. “So it’s nice every once in a while to see people on a good day, when positive things are happening and put out an environment other than ‘oh someone’s in trouble so the police are here.’”