Warfighter named outstanding security forces civilian of year
By Vicki Stein, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center
/ Published February 26, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Mark Davis, a member of the Installation Support Directorate Integrated Defense Integration Cell, has been selected as the 2017 Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Higher Headquarters Civilian of the Year.
In announcing the award, AFIMSC Commander Maj. Gen. Brad Spacy said the recognition was “well deserved. This is huge recognition of the important work Mr. Davis does for our enterprise!”
Lt. Col. Robert Shaw, Security Forces Enterprise-Wide Integration Branch chief, was not surprised at Davis’ accomplishment.
“Mark is a great asset for our (Protection Services Division) and for AFIMSC,” he said. “His years of experience and knowledge are invaluable to building and working within multi-functional teams. His efforts and teamwork have translated to enterprise-wide projects and solutions that impact multiple career fields, installations and (major commands) and help keep the Air Force and its Airmen flying high."
Davis is part of a think-tank initiative that takes problems and analyzes data to provide courses of action in innovative ways. Integrated defense is the integration of multidisciplinary active and passive, offensive and defensive capabilities, employed to mitigate potential risks and defeat adversary threats to Air Force operations.
Over the past year, he has been a key member of a collaborative team that helped developed AFIMSC’s Rescue Task Force Initiative, incorporating four career fields -- fire, EOD, emergency management and security forces -- into an enterprise-wide program for fiscal year 2018. The initiative proposed new policy and guidance that brings medics, fire and rescue into an active incident area along with security forces as first responders to handle incidents such as Active Shooter.
Davis also helped conceptualize a solution to determine the scope of security projects not getting resolved through the current Air Force processes. He led a team that looked at the scope of the problem, performed a data call that identified nearly 1,000 projects costing an estimated $2 billion. His team’s solution yielded the first ever Air Force-wide roll-up of installation risk assessment data, allowing AFIMSC to advocate for limited resources and help prioritize requested projects.
Last summer, he spearheaded an Air Force anti-terrorism data call to assess requirements across the enterprise. He collected data, analyzed it and reported 151 projects across 81 bases. The data call allowed AFIMSC to be poised to execute the first-ever enterprise-wide prioritization of security projects for Air Force installations.
Davis also devoted hundreds of hours to public service for his community as Chairman of the Schertz City Council’s Main Street Working Group, working to develop improvements in the city’s original downtown district. In addition he participated in Schertz’s “Love Where You Live” clean-up project to help revitalize older historic city neighborhoods.
He’s a retired chief master sergeant with 30 years of active duty service and has been an Air Force civilian for the past nine years. He began working at HQ AFIMSC in the summer of 2015.