By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The Air Force’s top security forces Airman visited Schriever Air Force Base Monday to get a glimpse of the mission as well as meet and greet with 50th Security Forces Squadron personnel.
Brig. Gen. Allen Jamerson, Air Force Security Forces director and deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, and Chief Master Sgt. Stephen White, Air Force Security Forces career field manager, toured various security forces facilities and learned the squadron’s processes and mission. Jamerson is the focal point for ensuring the physical security of Air Force nuclear assets, and planning and programming for more than 37,000 active-duty and Reserve component security forces at locations worldwide.
The general is familiar with the Schriever mission since he visited the base numerous times when he was the Air Force Space Command chief of security alarm systems and air base defense from 1994 to 1997.
“This is a critical national mission; it is one of a kind and in some cases, cannot fail,” Jamerson said. “When you have that kind of mission, you need a capable, reliable force who is going to protect and assure that mission, and that’s what security forces do.”
This is part of Jamerson’s weeklong visit to Front Range security forces units. Prior to his visit here, the general held a Defenders All Call at Peterson Air Force Base.
To kick off the Schriever tour, Jamerson and White held a luncheon with 50 SFS civilian and military personnel, and 50th Space Wing leadership at the Satellite Dish dining facility. During the event, Jamerson and White answered Airmen’s questions regarding the career field, such as deployments, fiscal constraints, training and more.
The general commended the wing and group leadership’s eagerness to take care of its people and encouraged the 50 SFS personnel to do the same.
“When you have a leadership with enthusiasm like that, you can’t go wrong,” Jamerson said. “Take advantage of this opportunity and step it up even more with the protection of this installation, since this is a pretty significant national asset.”
During the visit, Jamerson and White also toured the Base Defense Operations Center, 50 SFS training area, Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range, visitors center, 50 SFS Headquarters and the Secure Area Logistics Facility.
“We really appreciate General Jamerson taking his whole afternoon to spend some time with us,” said Lt. Col. Keith Williams, 50 SFS commander. “We are proud to show him what our civilian and military security forces Airmen are made of and the unique mission and capabilities that we have here.”
Jamerson concluded his visit with the 50 SFS annual awards presentation. He also showed his appreciation to the team for their generosity and hospitality.
“Defenders, thank you very much. I love your energy,” he said. “This is like coming home for me. Thanks for the energy. Thanks for the leadership. Thanks for the innovation. Thanks mostly for what you do. It does make a difference.”