NEWS | May 8, 2012

628th SFS pays tribute during Police Week

By Senior Master Sgt. Donald Hart 628th Security Forces Squadron

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as "Police Week." The first official memorial service took place May 15, 1982. National Police Week was founded to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime.

To recognize those who have paved the way for all law enforcement officers, the 628th Security Forces Squadron will be hosting a week of events in honor of National Police Week, May 14 to 18. The events will be held at various locations on Joint Base Charleston.

On May 14, the 628th SFS will host a National Police Week Golf Tournament at Wrenwoods Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. This event is open to all base personnel. Contact Staff Sgt. Brandon Brown at 963-3639 or send an email to

The 628th SFS will host the base fire department in a day full of competition known as the "Guns and Hoses Fitness Challenge," May 15. They will compete in numerous events including a game of paintball at 8 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., the two will collide for a game of Defender Ball followed by a combat challenge at 1:30 p.m. The day will conclude at 3 p.m. with a softball game at the Naval Weapons Station softball fields. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The 628th SFS will host a pistol shoot competition May 16 at 8 a.m. at the Combat Arms Training and Maintenance range. To register a team, contact Senior Airman Joshua Lien at 963-1121 or email him at

At 11:30 a.m. on May 16, the 628th SFS will have a Chili Cook-Off and Pie in the Face Contest for 628th SFS members.

On May 17, the 628th SFS will provideĀ combat armsĀ and Security Forces vehicle displays. There will also be demonstrations held by the Security Forces K-9 and Raven Sections. This event will be held at the JB Charleston - Air Base Exchange from 9 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 5 p.m. at the JB Charleston - Weapons Station Community Center. McGruff "The Crime" Dog will provide safety tips and identification kits for the children. The 628th SFS Key Spouses will also be conducting bake sales at both locations.

To end the week, the 628th SFS will conduct a Memorial Ceremony and Retreat at the base flag pole, paying tribute to fallen members of the law enforcement community, May 18 at 4 p.m.