35 SFS earns most outstanding PACAF SF unit
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- "Excellence In All We Do" is a core value for all Airmen in the Air Force.
Security Forces Airmen here recently rose to excellence and stood out among other units within the Pacific Air Forces.
In February, the 35th Security Forces Squadron received word from Gen. Hebert "Hawk" Carlisle, PACAF commander, that they were the winners of the PACAF 2012 Outstanding Medium Security Forces Unit award.
The squadron competed against two other SF squadrons from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
To earn this title, PACAF leaders looked at criteria such as how well units do on inspections, day-to-day compliance and how large the area of responsibility is they cover.
"After the 2012 consolidated unit inspection, we received an excellent rating," said Senior Master Sgt. Daniel Leon, 35th SFS manager. "We also cover an area the size of West Virginia for law enforcement and we run the best U.S. Forces Japan Town Patrol program. I think these are some of the things that separate us from other bases."
Training regularly allows Airmen to become better at their jobs and accomplish daily tasks easier. This is something 35 SFS Airmen here are accustomed to as they train regularly to get better at what they do.
"Training is absolutely vital," said Capt. Julie Roloson, 35th SFS acting commander. "We try to prepare ourselves for the small chance of something tragic happening. It's hard to stay on our toes, but training is critical to be prepared for those 'what if' scenarios and for things we deal with on a day to day basis."
The squadron's mission is to coordinate base defense operations with the Government of Japan, enforce the Status of Forces Agreement in Northern Japan, execute integrated base defense operations, safeguard protection level resources on the installation and to be combat-ready for worldwide deployments.
"The number one reason we won is because our Airmen and NCOs in the 35th SFS do a spectacular job of accomplishing the mission day in and day out," said Leon. "They're the reason we are so successful and why we won this award."