Story and photos by Senior Airman Milton Hamilton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs May 21, 2021
Kaiserslautern Military Community law enforcement members gathered to commemorate and conclude National Police Week 2021 with a fallen soldier memorial ceremony, May 14.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated the week of May 15th as National Police Week to remember and honor law enforcement officers for their service and sacrifice.
The KMC’s Police Week 2021 included many events such as a 24-hour ruck march, a 5K run, a fallen soldier memorial ceremony and a military police skill challenge.
“This week’s events were to honor our fallen military law enforcement personnel,” said Lt. Col. Phil Ferris, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron commander. “In addition to honoring the fallen, we used this time to train and hone our contingency skills.”
As the names of fallen military law enforcement personnel were read off during the memorial service, the KMC military police used the time to reflect on their service and the sacrifices of the Airmen before them.
“The events we conducted this week tested our Airmen’s physical and mental abilities, these skills are vital skills for the modern defender,” said Master Sgt. Erica McCaghren, 569th USFPS first sergeant. “I’m honored to have participated and walked in my Airmen’s shoes so I could appreciate what they do for us every day and what our fallen soldiers have done for us in the past.”