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#AFDefender: Meet Kami Brown

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(Editor's Note: National Police Week is May 9 -15. The week is set aside each year to honor all law enforcement officers – military and civilian – who have given their lives for our nation and their communities. In addition to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we wanted to use this month to recognize the work of security forces members within the Air Force Security Forces Center, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters and our detachments. Like Defenders who have gone before, they are paving the way for the next generation because of the work they are doing for installations to include funding, training and equipment.)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Meet Kami Brown, a security specialist with Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's Detachment 5, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

We asked her to tell us a little bit about herself and what she does to support the Air Force Defender mission.

What are your main responsibilities?
Provide installation and mission support to AFIMSC, Air Force District of Washington, higher headquarters and subordinate organizations. I advise numerous commanders and staff functions on all things security – force protection, antiterrorism, resource protection and physical security.   

What is the best thing about your job?
The best part of my current position is the fact that I am still able to interact and provide continued support to the security forces enterprise following my retirement from active duty.

As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
I always thought I’d be a forest ranger.

What made you pursue law enforcement as a career?
When I originally joined the Air Force, my desire was to become a jet engine mechanic; however, the needs of the Air Force prevailed and the next thing I knew, I was security police. Thirty-two years later, I changed my uniform for civilian attire, and I am still doing a job that I thoroughly enjoy.

What is your favorite part about being an Air Force security forces member?
The sense of belonging to a team … an extended family per se working together to achieve a common goal.

Why is your job important to the Air Force mission?
It’s important to the Air Force mission in regard to protection of personnel and resources.  It is important because I am part of the team that aids in collectively enabling the overall mission. The totality of the Air Force is truly dependent on everyone and every specialty working together to get the job done. 

What advice do you have for someone new to the security forces career field? 
The best advice I have for a new security forces member would be to keep an open mind and take advantage of the opportunities that you are afforded.  Step outside the box and continue to develop professionally as well as personally.  

What or who motivates and inspires you the most?
I am motivated and inspired by the Airmen who continue to serve our country and their willingness to do what is needed to protect our freedom.