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AFSFC’s Desert Defender hold police week events

A color guard formation made up of Fort Bliss military security forces members and El Paso area civilian police officers during the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event. (Courtesy photo)

A color guard formation made up of Fort Bliss military security forces members and El Paso area civilian police officers during the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event. (Courtesy photo)

The fallen Airmen display during the Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

The fallen Airmen display during the Peace Officer Memorial Day ceremony on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

El Paso area police officers take part in the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

El Paso area police officers take part in the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

A color guard formation made up of Fort Bliss military security forces members and El Paso area civilian police officers during the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event. (Courtesy photo)

A color guard formation made up of Fort Bliss military security forces members and El Paso area civilian police officers during the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event. (Courtesy photo)

A memorial for El Paso County Deputy Peter Herrera was part of the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event at Fort Bliss, Texas. Herrera was killed in the line of duty in March 2019. (Courtesy photo)

A memorial for El Paso County Deputy Peter Herrera was part of the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event at Fort Bliss, Texas. Herrera was killed in the line of duty in March 2019. (Courtesy photo)

An El Paso Police Officer takes part in the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

An El Paso Police Officer takes part in the 2020 Peace Officers Memorial Day event on Fort Bliss, Texas. (Courtesy photo)

FORT BLISS, Texas – The men and women of the Air Force Security Forces Center’s Desert Defender Ground Combat Training Center organized a series of virtual events recently to celebrate National Police Week 2020. 

The team kicked off the week with a walk/run/ruck, an event normally held during a 24-hour period toward the end of the recognition week. Because of the pandemic, participants were encouraged to do what they could, when they could throughout the week. 

The total mileage for Air Force and Army participants for the walk/run/ruck was 540 miles.

The DD team honored those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with individual candlelight vigils May 14. 

They also conducted a Final Retreat May 15 -- Peace Officers Memorial Day -- that was special to many. Desert Defender also invited the Fort Bliss Army military police and the El Paso Police Department to take part in the tribute.