By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Security Forces Squadron corrections section advances Air Force leadership’s “Year of the Defender” campaign by transferring and managing inmates, supporting the administration of military justice.
Comprised of three branches; inmate management, policy and return to duty, the 50th SFS corrections section provides quality confinement, maintains financial information of inmates rehabilitation services to pretrial detainees pending a court-martial and post-trial inmates serving a court martial sentence to confinement.
The section also maintain members released on appellate leave or on parole within the Air Force Corrections System.
Year of the Defender is an initiative of the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force put into place Sept. 17, 2018. The plan’s objective is to restore readiness, revitalize Security Forces organizations at all levels and build a more lethal force in accordance with Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force direction.
“The Air Force Corrections System also provides opportunities for confined education and training,” said Staff Sgt. Kelly Branch, 50th SFS noncommissioned officer in charge of correction.
In order to become a confinement NCO, Branch said you have to complete one of three courses: Corrections Advanced Distributed Learning, any military service’s in-residence or correspondence corrections course, or complete the American Correctional Association Correctional Officer correspondence course for guards.
Branch said she completed the 30 day Naval Correction Course at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, adding installations with or without confinement facilities may designate staff positions.
“Airmen designated to the position are certified upon satisfactorily completing a confinement Duty Position Evaluation by the Standards and Evaluation flight,” she said.
In the mission of corrections, Branch works with a variety of different agencies to include the parent unit of the member charged, 50th Space Wing Legal office, Air Force SF Center and Teller County jail.
When we deal with legal proceedings Staff Sgt. Branch is our person,” Staff Sgt. David Williams, 50th Space Wing Judge Advocate noncommissioned officer in charge of military justice said. “Each unit is responsible to have to two escorts and Sgt. Branch is the one who trains the escorts. She also advises first sergeants on confinement needs for individuals, provides an armed guard for the court room and we get blotter entries from her as well,” he said.
Corrections area of responsibility can vary based on the size of the installation and whether it has a facility or not.
“With Schriever not having an organic facility, our responsibilities include, but are not limited to, ensuring parent unit personnel are properly trained on escort duties to ensure safe transportation to Teller county, ensuring an armed guard is present at all court proceedings, ensuring SF members are readily available and trained to conduct confinee transport in the continental U.S. via vehicle or airplane and all appropriate paper work is completed for each individual being court-martialed,” Branch said.
Although the job is not easy, Branch said it provides fulfillment.
“The most rewarding part of being in this position is ensuring Airman are properly rehabilitated prior to transitioning back to the military or to the civilian environment,” she said.
Editor’s note: This article is the fifth part of a series highlighting the 50th Security Forces Squadron flights. See future issues of the Schriever Sentinel.