WPAFB to celebrate, honor Police Week

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  • By Christopher Warner
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will observe National Police Week to pay respect, honor, and remember local and base law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. 

The 88th Security Forces Squadron will host a series of memorials and competitions May 15-19. 

“National Police Week honors and remembers military and civilian law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Our Security Forces Defenders have the duty and honor to protect the resources and personnel on base and in deployed environments around the world,” said Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88 SFS commander. 

“The 88th Security Forces Squadron invites all members of the base community and surrounding law enforcement agencies to participate in this year’s planned events and join us in remembering our brothers and sisters.” 

This year’s Police Week will feature several events that Team Wright-Patt can participate and compete in: 

Monday, May 15 

Opening ceremony – Base leadership will give opening remarks at 8 a.m. in 88 SFS Defenders Grove, Building 295. 

K-9 Obedience Competition – K-9 teams from surrounding law enforcement agencies will meet at 10 a.m. on the softball field by Jarvis Fitness Center to compete for top honors. Competitors must be certified law enforcement or military working dog K-9 teams. This event is pending based on local law enforcement participation.  

Tuesday, May 16 

Combat Arms Shooting Competition – Participate in this year’s shooting competition at the 88 SFS Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Center, Building 296. Top competitors will earn bragging rights for the year and a certificate of achievement. Air Force civilians, active-duty and reserve forces, and Air and Army National Guard members are all eligible. Registration information will be sent out soon.  

Wednesday, May 17 

Police Week Golf Tournament – Join in a four-player, best-ball scramble at Twin Base Golf Course. Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Registration information is forthcoming.  

Police Expo – Come out to the Prairies base housing community park to see the latest technology and equipment local law enforcement agencies and 88 SFS Defenders use to keep communities safe. 

Thursday, May 18 

Defenders Challenge – Teams of four to five members can sign up to battle in a series of physical challenges with a 25-pound weighted vest to see who can take the top-three spots. The challenge will start at 9 a.m. at the Warrior Training Center. This event is open to all military organizations and law enforcement agencies, to include civilians. Registration information will be sent out soon.  

Friday, May 19 

“Ruck to Remember” – Join 88 SFS in a 5K ruck march to honor the fallen. The ruck march will begin at 7:30 a.m. at Defenders Grove, Building 295. Participants are not required to wear a ruck; however, if you do, organizers recommend a 35-pound limit. Only unit guidons or U.S. colors are permitted during the ruck march. Registration information will be forthcoming.  

Closing ceremony – 88 SFS will close out Police Week with a formal remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m. in Defenders Grove, Building 295. 

Barbecue – Join 88 SFS and Police Week competitors at Defenders Grove for a barbecue and family-friendly events immediately after the closing ceremony in the back parking lot of Building 295.  

Police Week participants should take into account weather, safety and personal limitations while competing in any events to ensure camaraderie, 88 SFS event planners said. 

Registration information will be sent out via a “Wright-Patt All” email in mid-April. For more information about WPAFB’s Police Week, contact Tech. Sgt. Dakota Johnson, 2023 planning committee lead, at dakota.johnson@us.af.mil.