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National Police Week: Meet Staff Sgt. Caleb Losek

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – National Police Week, May 15-21, is a solemn occasion celebrated to honor the service and sacrifice of security and law enforcement officers, including Defenders who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

As the largest career field in the Air Force, it’s the job of security forces to protect, defend and fight. They are responsible for missile security, defense of air bases around the globe, law enforcement on those bases, combat arms and the handling of military working dogs. This week, AFIMSC is recognizing several teammates across the enterprise who support the Air Force security forces’ mission.

Meet Staff Sgt. Caleb Losek, Air Force Security Forces Center's Detachment 2 Air Force liaison at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The five-year veteran appreciates that the security forces career field offers countless opportunities, from law enforcement fly-away security missions to corrections.

We asked him to tell us a little more about his life as an Air Force Defender.

How do you contribute to the lethality and readiness of the Air Force?
By learning as much as I can within my career field to better myself as an Airman and Defender. My area of expertise as a patrol officer directly contributes to the safety of people and resources. In addition, the feeling of protecting people’s lives and property gives me an unmatched sense of satisfaction.

What has been your favorite, most successful or most rewarding project in your career with the Air Force, and why?
My most rewarding experience occurred when I was posted as entry control sentry at the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. A gentleman from California came to the gate with the ashes of a now-deceased Pearl Harbor survivor. He wanted to spread them at the Missing Man Memorial. We turned the ashes over to the Pearl Harbor Historian. Then, on Dec. 7, 2018, I had the privilege of escorting the ashes to the ceremony and assisting the family with scattering the ashes at the Missing Man Memorial. Although not typical, this experience was truly rewarding. Working the gate, I never expected to have the honor of escorting and spreading the remains of a veteran who had survived that fateful day.

What motivates and inspires you the most?
My family and friends. As a member of the Air Force, I’ve actively challenged myself. Additionally, I aim to obtain as much knowledge as possible and pass it along to my peers and subordinates