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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenny Gainey, 141st Security Forces readiness trainer, executes push-ups in honor of each defender who has lost their life in the line of duty since 9/11, during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 13, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosted numerous events for Team Fairchild to enjoy, including a Ruck and Run, a Memorial Retreat Ceremony and a kid-friendly Law Enforcement Exposition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenny Gainey, 141st Security Forces readiness trainer, executes push-ups in honor of each Defender who has lost their life in the line of duty since 9/11 during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 13, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosted numerous events for Team Fairchild to enjoy, including a Ruck and Run, a Memorial Retreat Ceremony and a kid-friendly Law Enforcement Exposition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joseph Schneider, 92nd Security Forces Squadron commander, participates in a military working dog demonstration at a Law Enforcement Exposition during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 14, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosts a week-long celebration to honor the lives lost through a memorial Fallen Defender Ruck, a law enforcement exposition for the kids, a retreat ceremony and a battle of the badge competition between security forces and the fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Joseph Schneider, 92nd Security Forces Squadron commander, participates in a military working dog demonstration at a Law Enforcement Exposition during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 14, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosts a week-long celebration to honor Defender’s lives lost through a memorial Fallen Defender Ruck, a law enforcement exposition for the kids, a retreat ceremony and a Battle of the Badge competition between security forces and the fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Gabriel Russell, Pacific Northwest Arctic Region Federal Protective Service regional director, speaks about the importance of Police Week during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 15, 2019. Police Week is a chance for all law enforcement officials and affiliating agencies to pay respects to the officers that came before them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Gabriel Russell, Pacific Northwest Arctic Region Federal Protective Service regional director, speaks about the importance of Police Week during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 15, 2019. Police Week is a chance for all law enforcement officials and affiliating agencies to pay respects to the officers that came before them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ponce Francisco, 92nd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, rings a bell in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officers during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 15, 2019. The law enforcement community is honored annually with numerous events after President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ponce Francisco, 92nd Security Forces Squadron installation entry controller, rings a bell in remembrance of fallen law enforcement officers during a National Police Week Memorial Retreat Ceremony at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 15, 2019. The law enforcement community is honored annually with numerous events after President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 to designate May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week as National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron compete in the Defender Challenge during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2019. The challenge included a timed 3 mile ruck, a Humvee push and a litter carry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron compete in the Defender Challenge during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2019. The challenge included a timed 3 mile ruck, a Humvee push and a litter carry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron compete in the Defender Challenge by executing a litter carry during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosts a week-long celebration to honor the lives lost through a memorial Fallen Defender Ruck, a law enforcement exposition for the kids, a retreat ceremony and a battle of the badge competition between security forces and the fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

Airmen from the 92nd Security Forces Squadron compete in the Defender Challenge by executing a litter carry during National Police Week at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, May 16, 2019. The 92nd SFS hosts a week-long celebration to honor the lives lost through a memorial Fallen Defender Ruck, a law enforcement exposition for the kids, a retreat ceremony and a battle of the badge competition between security forces and the fire department. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Whitney Laine)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild’s 92nd Security Forces Squadron hosted various events and ceremonies in observance of National Police Week May 13-17.

The law enforcement community is honored annually following former President John F. Kennedy’s proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, and the week as National Police Week.

“The 92nd SFS does a week-long celebration to honor the lives lost through a memorial Fallen Defender Ruck, a law enforcement exposition for kids, a retreat ceremony and a Battle of the Badge competition between security forces and the fire department,” said Staff Sgt. Gregory Guldner, 92nd SFS Police Services NCO in charge.

Each event throughout the week held a different meaning. The ruck honored each fallen Defender since 9/11 and the Law Enforcement Exposition for Michael Anderson Elementary students allowed Team Fairchild to raise awareness for gun and drug safety, Guldner explained.

Police Week is a chance for all law enforcement officials and affiliated agencies to pay respects to the officers that came before them.

“Honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice has always been important to me,” said Airman 1st Class Bruin Dew, 92nd SFS Installation Entry Controller apprentice. “It offers us a reminder of what we signed up to do -- fight for our country beside other men and women, as a unit and team. I took part in this week to celebrate the lives of those who have fallen, honor the sacrifice they made for this country and to praise any and all other law enforcement officers for volunteering to keep others safe.”

Airmen will continue to be the most treasured resource in today’s Air Force. By continuing to provide loyal and dedicated service to their country, Airmen serve as positive role models in communities and continue to set the standard of excellence.