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NEWS | Jan. 17, 2013

Memorial wall honors fallen security forces members

By Alex Salinas Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Sometimes a reminder at the workplace is essential to motivate, inspire and put people's jobs into perspective. The newly installed Fallen and Defender Wall at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph law enforcement building is one such reminder for security forces members.

The wall, posted in the building's hallway, displays profiles of nine security forces Airmen who have been killed in action since 2005: eight in Iraq and one in an airport in Germany.

Under each photograph of the Airmen are small-scale recreations of medals they earned.

"It's our way of showing respect to those who served before us and also to let new personnel here know that our mission isn't just law enforcement; we also have a mission downrange," Staff Sgt. Jason Moscoso, 902nd Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of resource protection, who helped construct the wall, said.

The idea for the project was generated from leaders at JBSA-Randolph, but was supervised by Moscoso and Staff Sgt. Arthur Shaw, 902nd SFS NCO in charge of plans and programs, who completed the wall Nov. 9.

"It's a representation of who we are, not only as members of the Air Force, but also as defenders of the nation," Shaw said.

The wall, which is open to viewing by visitors as requested, will remain permanently in JBSA-Randolph's law enforcement building.

In addition to honoring a few of the Air Force's fallen Airmen, Moscoso found practical and earnest meaning behind the squadron memento, echoed in a security forces prayer placed in the center of the wall.

"It also shows that we shouldn't be complacent in our jobs and in our lives," he said. "We are in a dangerous career field, so we can't be complacent in what we do."

To schedule a viewing, call the security forces front desk, Bldg. 235, at 652-5700.