Ellsworth defenders bring the community together for National Police Week
By Staff Sgt. Hannah Malone, 28 Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 20, 2021
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --
The 28th Security Forces Squadron hosted a weeklong celebration honoring the men and women of law enforcement at Ellsworth Air Force Base, May 8-14.
First celebrated in 1962, at the proclamation of President John F. Kennedy, National Police Week continues to be a collaborative effort from many organizations paying homage to America’s law enforcement community.
“It is a tremendous honor to take part in events that continue to recognize law enforcement officers and defenders that have served, continue to serve, as well as pay the utmost tribute to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for the protection of others,” said Senior Master Sgt. James Parkis, the 28th SFS logistics superintendent.
The events of the week included a parade through base housing, ruck march, a defender gym unveiling, K-9 demonstrations, and an Excellence in Competition M-18 tournament.
“We continue to advance our critical missions to provide integrated air base defense and deliver defenders for expeditionary requirements around the globe,” said Lt Col Herndon, the 28th Security Forces Squadron commander, “the occasion to reflect on our past and honor our fallen with mission partners forges unbreakable bonds required for the challenges ahead.”
The base community was invited to participate in all events. When asked what he wanted the community to know about the 28th SFS, Parkis’ answer was a simple one, “We are there for them.”
The week concluded with a retreat ceremony at the Bomb Wing Headquarters building. Defenders and base leaders lowered the flag in silence, remembering their brothers and sisters in arms who once donned the badge and beret.