Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

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  • By Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook
  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Airman stands at finish line

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Carmen Pontello, 375th Security Forces Squadron kennel master stands at the finish line of an obstacle course in Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. Members from the 375th SFS competed against other members from Team Scott as well as other first responders from Fair View Heights, Illinois and the surrounding community during Police Week, a week designated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 to honor and commemorate the service of law enforcement officers that paid the ultimate sacrifice within the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Medals sit on table

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

A series of medals lay across a table at Warrior Park prior to a three mile ruck march hosted by the 375th Security Forces Squadron on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. Medals were awarded to individuals who placed first, second, or third in heats of rucking or running during the Police Week event that was intended to educate and inform participants of the names and stories of U.S. Air Force members who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Shirts sit on table

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Police Week shirts sit atop a table available for purchase in Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. The shirts were on sale for members of the 375th Air Mobility Wing during a three mile ruck event honoring law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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5k participants run

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Members of the 375th Security Forces Squadron begin a three mile ruck or run race in Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. After the event, medals were awarded to members placing in both versions of the race and was part of the five day sequence of events honoring Police Week 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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5k participants run

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

Members of the 375th Security Forces Squadron begin a three mile ruck or run race in Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. The event awarded medals to members placing in both versions of the race and was part of the five day sequence of events honoring Police Week 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman rucks down path

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

A U.S. Air Force Member from the 375th Security Forces Squadron rucks down a running path on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. The five mile ruck was part of Police Week hosted at Scott where more than 40 Airmen and family members took part in the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman rucks down path

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

A U.S. Air Force member from the 375th Security Forces Squadron takes part in a ruck march down a running path on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. The three mile ruck or run event was one of serval activities hosted by the 375th SFS to honor Police Week which is intended to commemorate the memory of law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman wins medal

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From left: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Slade, 375th Air Mobility Wing Plans and Programs superintendent, Tech. Sgt. Tyler Chambers, 375th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant and Tech. Sgt. Vincent Scott, 375th SFS flight sergeant, smile during a medal presentation after the Police Week ruck race on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 17, 2022. Slade placed 1st in the ruck division in the event that was part of the five day sequence of events to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2022. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman provides safety brief

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Oscar Diaz, 375th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, provides a safety brief prior to a shooting competition hosted at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. CATM instructors are responsible for ensuring all members utilizing firing ranges are knowledgeable on firearms safety and use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen prepare firearms

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Members from the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal flight load rounds into magazines in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. After loading the ammunition, the EOD personnel then participated in a shooting competition between other members of Team Scott from the 375th Security Forces Squadron, local law enforcement and firefighters from the surrounding area during Police Week, an five day event that honored the contributions of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Fires responder aims firearm

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A first responder from Fairview Heights, Illinois, practices his grip on a firearm in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. Members of local law enforcement and fire departments converged on Scott during police week and competed against the 375th Security Forces Squadron during Police Week in a shooting competition were competitors fired at targets in various positions and stances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman moves target

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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jaonte Horden, 375th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, removes a target after Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing completed a round of firing small arms at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. CATM instructors like Horden oversee Air Force members as they utilize the shooting range during weapon qualifications for deployment and readiness to ensure the safety and proper use of firearms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen share laugh

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From left: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jaonte Horden, 375th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, and Master Sgt. Terrell Owens, 375th Security Forces first sergeant share a laugh in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. This light hearted moment was prior to a shooting competition between members of Team Scott and first responders from the local community during Police Week, a presidential proclamation brought into effect by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 honoring the contributions of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen fire weapons

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing aim firearms downrange during a shooting competition in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. This target shooting was part of a competition between other members of Team Scott from the 375th Security Forces Squadron, local law enforcement and firefighters from the surrounding area during Police Week, a five day event that honored the contributions of law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Target hangs from ceiling

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A target hangs from the ceiling in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. Members from the 375th Security Forces Squadron competed against 375th Civil Engineer Squadron Airmen, local law enforcement and firefighters during the 60th anniversary of Police Week in various events such as shooting competitions and obstacle courses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Spent shell casings sit in container

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Spent shell casings sit within an ammunition can in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. Members of Combat Arms Training and Maintenance and other Air Force members collect shell casings after shooting firearms not only for safety reasons, but to ensure they are properly disposed of in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Firearm sits on table

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A SIG Sauer P320 M18 pistol sits atop a shelf prior to a shooting competition in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. The firearm recently replaced the Beretta M9 as the service pistol of the U.S. Air Force and was used during a shooting competition at Scott between members from the 375th Security Force Squadron and members of local law enforcement for Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Firearm sits on table

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

A SIG Sauer P320 M18 pistol sits atop a shelf prior to a shooting competition in the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance shooting range on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. The firearm recently replaced the Beretta M9 as the service pistol of the U.S. Air Force and was used during a shooting competition at Scott between members from the 375th Security Force Squadron and members of local law enforcement for Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen flip tire

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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing prepare to flip a tire during an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen flip tire

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From left: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Brown, 375th Security Forces entry controller, Staff Sgt. Brandon Mitchell, 375th SFS military working dog handler, and Airman 1st Class Andrew Lewis, 375th SFS installation entry controller, flip a tire during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen flip tire

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen flip tire

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a umvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen carry Airmen

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen push Humvee

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen push Humvee

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen push Humvee

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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 375th Security Forces Squadron follow along and cheer Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing as they push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen push Humvee

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

Airmen from the 375th Air Mobility Wing push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman motivates Airmen

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vincent Scott, 375th Security Forces flight sergeant, motivates Airmen as they push a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airmen push Humvee

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U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Garcia, 375th Security Forces entry controller pushes a Humvee during a section of an obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. These Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman rest after activity

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A U.S. Air Force Airman rests after a competition in Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. This Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Local first responders receive award

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Fitzpatrick, 375th Security Forces commander, presents an award to competitors of the Police Week obstacle course at Warrior Park on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 18, 2022. This Airmen and other first responders from around Scott and the local community competed against each other in various activities during Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman provides remarks

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Justin Snyder, 375th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, speaks during the final guard mount ceremony during Police Week on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 20, 2022. Police Week originated from a 1962 presidential proclamation from President John F. Kennedy to honor members of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman stands in front of formation

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Marishna Bailey 375th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant prepares to put a flight at ease prior to the final guard mount during Police Week on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 20, 2022. During the week, members of Team Scott were encouraged to reflect on the contributions of law enforcement officers around the world and honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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375th Air Mobility Wing commander sits in audience

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U.S. Air Force Col. Chris Robinson, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander listens to remarks during the final guard mount ceremony for Police Week on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 20, 2022. Robinson and others came out to show support and solidarity with the 375th Security Forces members as they commemorate the memory of security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defending others from the Vietnam War to present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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375th Air Mobility Wing commander sits in audience

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U.S. Air Force Col. Chris Robinson, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander and his spouse, Stephanie Robinson, listen to remarks during the final guard mount ceremony for Police Week on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 20, 2022. Robinson and others came out to show support and solidarity with the 375th Security Forces members as they comorated the memory of security forces members who paid the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defending others from the Vietnam War to present. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Airman stands in front of formation

Team Scott honors Law Enforcement community

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Marishna Bailey 375th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant prepares to put a flight at ease prior to the final guard mount during Police Week on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, May 20, 2022. During the week, members of Team Scott were encouraged to reflect on the contributions of law enforcement officers around the world and honor those who gave their lives in the line of duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Solomon Cook)

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Team Scott came together May 16-20 to recognize law enforcement contributions in the community and to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Led by the 375th Security Forces Squadron, several events were held throughout the week that promoted comradery, remembrance, honor, pride and morale.   

“We kicked off [the 60th Anniversary of National Police Week] with our inaugural breakfast in which we hosted local leaders and police chiefs from around the area to include the Mayor of Swansea, Mike Leopold,” said Tech. Sgt. Kyle Cody, 375th SFS police services NCO in charge. Other activities included a 5K Run/Ruck, a golf tournament, a field day and a special guard mount.

During the 5K Run/Ruck, participants were encouraged to pause and read signage throughout the route honoring fallen law enforcement officers.  Chief Master Sgt. Chad Bickley, 18th Air Force command chief, participated in the Ruck and said, “[This gave us an opportunity to] think about the defenders–our brothers and sisters in arms, and those outside the gate who paid the ultimate sacrifice. This is what it's all about.”

In addition to the run, first responders from Team Scott competed in a field day of sorts against other first responders from the local community. The physically demanding event had participants carrying teammates, pushing Humvees and flipping tractor tires. As the different heats took place, members of the 375th SFS encouraged them to not give up and dedicate their struggle to fallen law enforcement officers. 

Wrapping up the week was a final guard mount ceremony. As a formation of defenders stood behind him, Master Sgt. Nicholas Winters, 375th SFS flight chief, explained its significance.

“Police week affords us the opportunity to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have bravely given their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Guard mount is an official military function conducted at the start of the shift. It is used to review routines and defense, conduct roll call and perform equipment inspections. It can be a very somber moment because it can be a routine day where nothing happens or it can be the day where everything happens to include giving your life to protect the lives of those whom we serve.”

National Police Week occurs every May and was established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962 as a way to recognize the contributions of law enforcement officers, focus on health initiatives that support their mental health and well-being, and work to support the families of officers who lose their lives or who are catastrophically injured in the line of duty.