(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 Master Sgt. Kameron Clark, Air Force Inspection System Cell Security Forces superintendent, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Installation Support Directorate, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
We asked him to tell us a little bit about himself and what he does to support the Air Force Defender mission.
What are your main responsibilities?
As part of the AFIS Cell, my primary responsibility is to manage the functional inspection process for the security forces enterprise. This is accomplished through both virtual and on-site continual evaluation assessments of over 80 security forces units, as well as data validation and analysis of major command inspector general findings.
What is the best thing about your job?
Traveling and staying connected to front-line Defenders. Getting a unique insight into a vast array of security forces programs is a perk, but sharing knowledge with those doing the mission day-in and day-out is what makes this job worthwhile.
As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
At some point, I remember wanting to be an architect, a lawyer or some sort of wildlife or marine biologist. Being in the military or being in law enforcement wasn’t even a thought until I was 19 years old.
What made you pursue law enforcement as a career?
As a 19-year-old kid who decided one day to join the Air Force, I figured I may as well do something that would get me good firearms and tactical training, and see where that left me after my enlistment. I forgot to get out of the Air Force and ended up reenlisting a couple more times, so now law enforcement went from a job to a career. While I believe I’ll hang up the badge when I retire, I’m glad I found something to be passionate about while I’m here.
What is your favorite part about being an Air Force security forces member?
Diversity. There is diversity in the people and diversity in the mission. I can be sure no two assignments will ever be alike.
Why is your job important to the Air Force mission?
As cliché as it sounds, the term “Defensor Fortis” on our beret answers that question quite succinctly. We are the Defenders of the Force; the force that is expected to provide Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power.
What advice do you have for someone new to the security forces career field?
Attitude is everything! Life as a young Defender is definitely challenging for most. Keeping a good attitude can get you to see through that to the vast opportunities available to us. I have friends who are jumping out of planes, protecting some important people, making big time arrests, operating some pretty cool toys and some that can’t even tell me what they do -- all are Defenders. With the right attitude, a lot of these options remain on the table for you – find a mentor who can help you get where you want to go.
What or who motivates and inspires you the most?
My family is a big motivator for me. Seeing how hard my wife works and the accomplishments she has achieved despite often having to handle it all on her own. Seeing my children succeed, despite the pressures and drawbacks of being a military child. If I’m not going to give 100% of my effort, I’m kind of wasting their efforts, right?