Law enforcement members honored during Police Week

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  • By Staff Sgt. Chad Thompson
  • 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Security forces members, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the South Korean air force honored two law enforcement Airmen by ceremonially retiring them and removing them from duty here May 19.

The ceremony was part of National Police Week, which ran from May 15 to 21 and honored law enforcement members who died in the line of duty.

"Over the past year, both the Office of Special Investigations and security forces have suffered tragic losses of outstanding Airmen," said Maj. Traci Wallace, from the 5th Field Investigations Squadron. "We are gathered here today to honor the service and mourn the loss of Master Sgt. Tarra Jacobs Brown from the Office of Special Investigations and Senior Airman Nicholas Alden from security forces."

"Today, we join together to comfort each other, grieve our lost colleagues and publically declare that each one has brought honor to our Air Force and our nation," said Lt. Col. Shan Nuckols, the 5th FIS commander. "They demonstrated the true meaning of heroism, and together, we respectfully pledge that their courage and service will not be forgotten."

"We celebrate the sacrifice and professionalism of you every day, and your civilian counterparts in the U.S.," said Lt. Col. James Damato, the 51st Security Forces Squadron commander. "But, tragically, we have to have events like this to memorialize the dead and wounded, which unfortunately are too numerous over the years."

To end the ceremony, base honor guard members folded a flag in remembrance of the fallen Airmen and a recording of "Taps" was played to pay final respects.

The names of other fallen security forces members and OSI agents are:

Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown;
Special Agent Ryan Balmer;
Special Agent Thomas Crowell;
Special Agent Daniel Kuhlmeier;
Special Agent Nathan Schuldheiss;
Special Agent Rick A. Ulbright;
Special Agent David Wieger;
Special Agent Raymond Round;
Special Agent Mathew J. Kuglics;
Special Agent Lee C. Hitchcock;
Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden;
Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson;
Tech. Sgt. Jason L. Norton;
Staff Sgt. James R. Day;
Airman 1st Class Charles V. Campbell Jr.;
Sgt. Stacy Edward Levay;
Security Policeman Sean Elms;
Staff Sgt. John Self;
Airman 1st Class Erin Fraiser;
Security Policeman Robert R. Dover;
Security Policeman Robert Scott Gray;
Security Policeman Roy Lee Hursey;
Staff Sgt. Travis L. Griffin;
Airman 1st Class Steven Faust;
Airman 1st Class Charles J. Fedorka;
1st Lt. Joseph D. Helton;
Staff Sgt. Brian S. McElroy;
Airman 1st Class Leebernard E. Chavis;
Staff Sgt. Michael Watts;
Tech. Sgt. Charles Simons;
Airman 1st Class David R. Schroeder Jr.;
Tech. Sgt. Robert Bruce Butler;
Security Policeman William C. Herrington;
Security Policeman Thomas L. Campbell;
Tech. Sgt. Isiah Roberts;
Capt. Reginald V. Maisey;
Senior Airman Jason D. Nathan;
Airman 1st Class Aaron Davis Jr.; and
Cpl. Joseph R. Morin