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National Police week 2021 recognizes defenders

Members of Team BLAZE march through the main gate May 10, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. National Police Week at Columbus AFB is held to recognize security forces and local law enforcement personnel who defend the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

Members of Team BLAZE march through the main gate May 10, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. National Police Week at Columbus AFB is held to recognize security forces and local law enforcement personnel who defend the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaliyah Yocum, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, competes in a Battle of the Badges competition, May 12, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The competition was held between Security Forces and the Fire Department for Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Aaliyah Yocum, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, competes in a Battle of the Badges competition, May 12, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The competition was held between Security Forces and the Fire Department for Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber James, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, stands with her partner, Dixi, before a demonstration, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Military working dogs are deployed around the world to accomplish the Air Force mission by serving in a variety of roles such as tracking, search and rescue, or bomb detection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber James, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, stands with her partner, Dixi, before a demonstration, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Military working dogs are deployed around the world to accomplish the Air Force mission by serving in a variety of roles such as tracking, search and rescue, or bomb detection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Airman Steele Falsetto, 14th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, sprints to the finish line during a Battle of the Badges competition, May 12, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Falsetto was cheered on by the awaiting crowd as he crossed the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Airman Steele Falsetto, 14th Security Forces Squadron entry controller, sprints to the finish line during a Battle of the Badges competition, May 12, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Falsetto was cheered on by the awaiting crowd as he crossed the finish line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog Ooleg #W136, 14th Security Forces Squadron, is presented an Air Force Achievement medal and Certificates of Appreciation from the former President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump and another from Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass, for his seven years of service, May 14, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Ooleg preformed over 10,000 hours of explosive detection duties with an accuracy rate of 100 percent. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Military Working Dog Ooleg #W136, 14th Security Forces Squadron, is presented an Air Force Achievement medal and Certificates of Appreciation from the former President of the United States of America, Donald J Trump and another from Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne Bass, for his seven years of service, May 14, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Ooleg preformed over 10,000 hours of explosive detection duties with an accuracy rate of 100 percent. ( U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dustin Weeks, 14th Security Forces Squadron and Staff Sgt. Amber James, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, stand with Military Working Dog Ooleg #W136 during the K-9’s retirement ceremony, May 14, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Weeks presented Ooleg his final bone as a symbol of his final reward, while on active duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dustin Weeks, 14th Security Forces Squadron and Staff Sgt. Amber James, 14th Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog handler, stand with Military Working Dog Ooleg #W136 during the K-9’s retirement ceremony, May 14, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Weeks presented Ooleg his final bone as a symbol of his final reward, while on active duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Haynie)

Airmen from the 14th Security Forces Squadron show the capabilities and requirements of their job to other Team Blaze members at a ‘Meet A Defender’ booth set up outside the Base Exchange, May 13, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. During National Police Week, security forces defenders and local law enforcement officers demonstrate their capabilities and daily responsibilities to the base and the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Airmen from the 14th Security Forces Squadron show the capabilities and requirements of their job to other Team Blaze members at a ‘Meet A Defender’ booth set up outside the Base Exchange, May 13, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. During National Police Week, security forces defenders and local law enforcement officers demonstrate their capabilities and daily responsibilities to the base and the public. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Members of the 14th Security Forces Squadron and their mascot, Chase the dog, pose for a photo with children at the Child Development Center, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Columbus AFB had several events to show appreciation to the 14th Security Forces Squadron for National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Members of the 14th Security Forces Squadron and their mascot, Chase the dog, pose for a photo with children at the Child Development Center, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Columbus AFB had several events to show appreciation to the 14th Security Forces Squadron for National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Children at the Child Development Center watch as Dixi, military working dog, and her handler showcase their skills, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Working dogs are able to detect the scent of explosives, allowing for a more accurate and quick search of an area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Children at the Child Development Center watch as Dixi, military working dog, and her handler showcase their skills, May 11, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Working dogs are able to detect the scent of explosives, allowing for a more accurate and quick search of an area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

Squadrons from around the base salute the flag as reveille begins May 10, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Reveille is a ceremony to signal the start of the duty day and shows respect to the flag along with Retreat used to signal the end of the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)
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Squadrons from around the base salute the flag as reveille begins May 10, 2021, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Reveille is a ceremony to signal the start of the duty day and shows respect to the flag along with Retreat used to signal the end of the duty day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen)

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National Police Week (May 9 - May 15) at Columbus Air Force Base is held to recognize security forces and local law enforcement personnel who defend the base. To show appreciation to the 14th Security Forces Squadron, several events were held on base to include a ruck march, K9 demonstrations, Battle of the Badges competition, a K9 retirement ceremony and more.