(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 Bill Clatfelter, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 4 physical security specialist, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
We asked him to tell us a little about himself and what he does to support the Air Force Defender mission.
What are your main responsibilities?
My duties involve Electronic Security Systems – Intrusion Detection Systems program management, contract administration and unit security assistant.
What is the best thing about your job?
Interacting with people across the command on ESS projects and efforts that are critical to the mission, managing unit security functions.
As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
I wanted to be a race car driver (my father drove race cars).
What made you pursue law enforcement as a career?
I was originally a combat arms instructor and became associated with security forces thru that affiliation.
What is your favorite part about being an Air Force Security Forces member?
I enjoy knowing that the security forces squadron function secures U.S. Air Force resources and assets so people, families and the mission can flourish.
Why is your job important to the Air Force mission?
ESS/IDS program management provides facility and area resource security to commanders all over U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, an essential mission function.
What advice do you have for someone new to the SF career field?
Be engaged, involved and continue to grow. Always remember that “what you put into it, is what you get out of it.”
What or who motivates and inspires you the most?
Great leaders who define the role and have total respect of their people. I often study Warren Buffett and his financial wisdom.