JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas –
Joint Base San Antonio has been celebrating National Police Week, May 9-15, with signs and activities across the installation.
Col. James H. Masoner, 502nd Security Forces Group commander, said Congress signed the executive order in 1962 making it a week “to honor our law enforcement officers and those that give their lives in the line of duty.”
National Police Week 2021 at JBSA included a round-up of several events honoring officers past and present. The week was bookended by memorials for fallen officers.
On May 9, building 100 on JBSA-Randolph – known as "The Taj" – was illuminated blue in honor of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
From May 11-14, the "Carry the Fallen" event at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston brought community members together to walk, run, ruck, or otherwise move carrying a baton to symbolize carrying on the duty of our fallen officers.
“It is also an opportunity for us to remember the families that were left behind, which is extremely important because there’s not a day dedicated to them,” Masoner said. “That’s what we do when we spend this time together. It’s a time of camaraderie in honor of the lives that people have lost.”
There were also events for present law enforcement officers, including a golf tournament at JBSA-Randolph Golf Course May 10 that brought together more than 60 past and present law enforcement officers and others that wanted to show their support.
“With COVID-19 restrictions, we took about three weeks to plan this event,” Masoner said. “We initially started out with just doing a retreat at each location, but my team felt strongly about having other events to honor this cause, so they put together a team. In three weeks' time, we came up with all the events that you saw this week. It’s an incredible testament to what this team can do. It’s greatly appreciated because it goes to show exactly how much we honor our law enforcement officers.”
Throughout the week, collection bins at the commissaries and Security Forces buildings accepted granola bars, trail mix, water, jerky, energy drinks, chips, drink powder packs, cookie packs, energy bars, gum, candy, packages of nuts or crackers, fruit snacks and more. As a result of the donations, goody bags were created and delivered to on-duty officers throughout the week.
The week concluded with a retreat ceremony at JBSA-Lackland at the Air Force Security Forces Center, featuring Brig. Gen. Caroline Miller, 502nd Air Base Wing and JBSA commander, as the guest speaker. She reflected on the importance of our Defenders and the role they play in our safety and security.
“This week always means a lot to me,” Masoner said. “Every year it’s a dedicated time for me to get out and spend some time with my Defenders and spend time with the law enforcement community to say thank you for all their hard work. To the members of the 502d Security Forces Group, Chief Fleming and I truly appreciate everything you do day in and day out.”