Why Is The Security Forces Museum Being Closed
Why Is The Air Force Security Forces Museum Being Closed?
The United States Security Forces Museum (formerly Security Police Museum) was established on November 5, 1979 in order to honor all Active Duty, Reserve, and Retired Air Force Security Police personnel by preserving the history and heritage of the career field.
On August 12, 2014 the Security Forces community was surprised with a sudden announcement that our museum would be closed effective August 15, 2014.
The historian representative from the Headquarters Air Education and Training Command (HQ/AETC) did not even attend the meeting announcing the closure of the museum.
The method in which all former and current Security Forces “Defenders” were abruptly notified that our museum would be closed implies a disregard to the honorable service and sacrifice of the Air Force’s “Defenders of the Force.”
The Security Forces Museum was built, renovated, and maintained through PRIVATE donations to the Security Forces Museum Foundation.
“How is it a MAJCOM Commander may direct the confiscation of privately loaned and / or donated displays and artifacts donated and / or loaned to a PRIVATE foundation?” …Command Chief Master Sergeant Chalma Lee Sexton, Jr. (retired).
In 2008 I started a project of highlighting the honorable service, sacrifice, and accomplishments of Air Force Air Police, Security Police and Security Forces member past, present, and future.
This project has lead to the development of the Defender Magazine with the slogan “Honoring the Past, Protecting the Present, and Securing the Future”
Our Security Forces Museum is an important component in Honoring our past and inspiring current and future Security Forces “Defenders” to Protect the Present and Securing the Future.
As a country we cannot afford to forget the service, sacrifice, and accomplishments of our “Defenders of the Force” – we Must defended memory of our “Defenders” – and we Must defend our Security Forces Museum – Keep Our Museum OPEN.
Jose J Sanchez
Security Police / Security Forces “Defender” for Life