WPAFB Police Week to honor service and sacrifice

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  • By Megan Mudersbach
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – In observance of National Police Week, May 15-19, the 88th Security Forces Squadron will host a series of memorials and competitions to pay respect, honor, and remember local and base law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice.

“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. 

K9 Obedience Competition - The 88 SFS K-9 teams 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. Base personnel are welcome to come out to watch the 88 SFS K-9 competition. 

Tuesday, May 16

Combat Arms Shooting Competition - Participants will compete at the 88 SFS Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Center. Top competitors will earn bragging rights for the year and a certificate of achievement.

Wednesday, May 17

Police Week Golf Tournament – Sign-up to 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 8:30 a.m. To register or for questions email TSgt Sawyer McIntyre, sawyer.mcintyre@us.af.mil and SSgt Jacob Kubek, jacob.kubek@us.af.mil.

Police EXPO – The base community is invited to come out to the Prairies base housing community park, May 17 at 4 to 6 p.m. to see the latest technology and equipment local law enforcement agencies and 88 SFS Defenders use to keep communities safe. Smokin Bark BBQ will provide food for purchase at the event.

Thursday, May 18

Defender’s Challenge - Teams of three 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. This event is open to all military organizations and law enforcement agencies, to include civilians. Start time is 9 a.m. at the Warrior Training Center. 88 SFS encourages those interested to invite other Warriors from across the base to participate!  

Challenges include a Humvee push, weapons disassembly/assembly, 200-meter row, and a team relay. The team relay requires 3 members to row 500 meters, 1 member to do 20 air ball squats, and 1 member to do 10 burbee box jumps. If teams are below 5 members, someone on the team will have to pick up the slack. 

To sign your team up, email SSgt Miguel Ramos at miguel.ramos.5@us.af.mil. Include your team’s name and the name of each team member. 

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.

Closing Ceremony and Wreath Laying Ceremony - The 88 SFS will close out Police Week with a formal remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m. in Defenders Grove, Building 295.

Barbecue - Join 88 SFS and Police Week competitors for a free barbecue and family-friendly event immediately after the closing ceremony in the back parking lot of Building 295. 

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

For more information about WPAFB’s Police Week, contact Tech. Sgt. Dakota Johnson, 2023 planning committee lead, at dakota.johnson@us.af.mil.