Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

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  • By Jaima Fogg
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Military and local law enforcement officers were honored for their dedication to service during National Police Week at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The 88th Security Forces Squadron hosted a series of competitions May 15-19, testing physical and mental endurance in events that included marksmanship, K-9 obedience and the annual Defender Challenge.

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, opened Police Week during a ceremony May 15 by calling attention to the safety and security provided by 88 SFS.

“I want to take this chance to make sure you all know how much I value your service and your hard work every day,” he said. “Nobody does more ‘dirty work’ than our Security Forces Squadron. Thank you for all the things you do to take care of each other inside and outside the fence line.”

A proclamation dedicating Police Week at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was signed by Meeker, Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck and Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88 SFS commander. It recognizes the sacrifice and heroism of all who serve in law enforcement.

“We recognize and honor the selflessness and heroic service provided by the men and women of law enforcement,” Streck said. “We rely on law enforcement officers to keep us safe, enforce our laws and, of course, respond in all times of crisis.”

K9 obedience competition

Six teams comprised of a military working dog and handler from 88 SFS competed in a K-9 obedience competition May 15 at Jarvis Field. The competition included an obstacle course and pursue-and-attack exercise.

The “Top Dog” award was earned by military working dog KKaun and handler Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman. Bulit and handler Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist placed second.

Other K-9 teams that competed:

  • Senior Airman Benjamin Smith and Kerry
  • Staff Sgt. Dailan Gudger and Rango
  • Senior Airman Kyle Runk and Misha
  • Staff Sgt. Ryan Perry and Flex

Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Combat arms shooting competition

Eighty-four competitors from across the installation took part in a shooting competition May 16 at the Combat Arms facility. Shooters fired the M9 pistol and M4 rifle at several different targets from the prone-supported, prone-unsupported, standing and barricade-supported positions.

Competitors earned awards in the following categories:

  • Top Shot: Capt. Stefan Endicott, Marine Corps
  • 2nd place: Staff Sgt. Serhiy Sobchuk, Marine Corps
  • 3rd place: Staff Sgt. Miguel Ramos, 88 SFS
  • Top Pistol and Top Rifle: Capt. Stefan Endicott, Marine Corps

Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Police Expo

Local law enforcement and federal agencies joined 88 SFS at a Police Expo in the Prairies housing neighborhood May 17. Representatives from the U.S. Marshals Service and Ohio State Highway Patrol were on hand with Airmen and Marines to talk about their agencies and the work they do.

Children were encouraged to try on gear and sit in duty vehicles to experience a bit of life in law enforcement. The expo’s goal was to expose them to positive engagement with police in their local communities.  

Defender Challenge

Ten WPAFB teams competed for top honors in the Defender Challenge on May 18 at the Warrior Training Center.

The timed competition consisted of teams up to five members running a circuit that included pushing a Humvee, disassembling and reassembling an M4 rifle, and a CrossFit-style challenge featuring a 1,500-meter row, 10 pullups or a 45-second flexed-arm hang, and 20 squats holding a 20-pound medicine ball.

Top finishers:

  • Winner: Team Marines with a time of 10 minutes, 37 seconds
  • 2nd place: Team Robles, 11:05
  • 3rd place: Alpha Flight Team 2, 11:38

Read more about the Defender Challenge here: Wright-Patt’s Defender Challenge highlights military police 

Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Competitors stand ready to fire their weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Participants stand ready to compete in the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A judge looks for shooting accuracy

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Bryce Sharon, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, judges' accuracy during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Ruck to Remember

Uniformed and civilian Airmen marched in a 5K Ruck to Remember on May 19 to honor Defenders who made the ultimate sacrifice.  

“Today, we remember those who have fallen in the line of duty,” Schatz said. “We ruck for them.”

The somber event began and ended at Defenders Grove. Participants wore memorial placards with the names and photos of fallen Airmen on their packs.

Airmen salute during taps.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Attendees of the National Police Week closing ceremony salute during the playing of taps to honor fallen defenders May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Leadership speaks at an event.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Christina Royal, Air Force Office of Special Investigations commander, speaks during the closing ceremony of National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Local law enforcement sheriff speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Rob Streck, Montgomery County, Ohio, sheriff, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The installation commander speaks.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Col. Christopher Meeker, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, speaks during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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The honor guard stands at attention.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

The honor guard, composed of 88th Security Forces Squadron Defenders, prepares to present colors during the opening ceremony commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen marches with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to her rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Nicolette Folck, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, marches with a picture of Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, who was killed when a C-130 crashed while serving in Afghanistan, attached to her rucksack during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen march during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen march to honor the fallen during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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88th Security Forces Squadron commander speaks during Ruck to Remember.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, speaks before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler stand at parade rest.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Eric Robertson, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog trainer, stands at parade rest with MWD KKaun before the start of the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman stands at parade rest with a picture of a fallen Airman attached to his rucksack  during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

First Lt. Cameron Rickle, 88th Security Forces Squadron Defender, stands in formation with a picture of fallen defender Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis, who was killed in Baghdad, by an enemy sniper while supporting an Iraqi police convoy, attached to his rucksack in remembrance during the Ruck to Remember event commemorating National Police Week on May 19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airmen wins first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz (left), 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Justin Walker (right), 88 SFS senior enlisted leader, award Staff Sgt. Lacey Bockman, 88 SFS military working dog handler, first place in the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A dog attacks a man in a bite suit

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Bulit, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, attacks a judge wearing a bite suit during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A child and Airman look at portable K-9 kennels

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Lt. Col. Nicole Schatz, 88th Security Forces Squadron commander, shows Baldwin, 4, the portable K-9 kennels during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Staff Sgt. Zackery Leist, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Bulit compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Kyle Runk, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Misha compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A military working dog and handler compete in K-9 Obedience Competition.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Senior Airman Benjamin Smith Jr., 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Kerry compete in a K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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People pause for a moment of silence.

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Steve Kaun, U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog program manager from 2018 to 2021, pauses for a moment of silence to honor fallen military working dogs and handlers during the K-9 Obedience Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 15 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen running during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run with their teammates to the finish line while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen assemble a weapon during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Defenders of the 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog team disassembles weapons while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen push a Humvee during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Tech Sgt. Bryce Bates, 88th Security Forces Squadron military working dog kennel master, pushes a Humvee with his team of military working dog handlers while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Marines run across the finish line during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Marines cross the finish line as a team while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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An Airman re-assembles a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

An Airman re-assembles an M4 carbine while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A team of Airmen push a Humvee

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A team of Airmen push a Humvee while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen complete a physical challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

As a team of five, Airmen row 1500 meters, do a 45-second arm hang and 20 medicine ball squats while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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Airmen run during the Defender Challenge

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

Airmen run while competing in the Defender Challenge commemorating National Police Week at the Warrior Training Center on May 18 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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A man fire a weapon

Defenders honored for service during National Police Week

A competitor fires an M9 Beretta pistol during the Combat Arms Shooting Competition commemorating National Police Week on May 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The weeklong event paid respect, honored and remembered local and installation law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Hannah Carranza)

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