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2018 Air Force Defender Challenge

Fourteen Security Forces teams from U.S. Air Force major commands, Great Britain and Germany will be testing their skills in realistic weapons scenarios, simulated dismounted operations and grueling combat endurance events as part of the 2018 Air Force Defender Challenge, to be held Sept. 10-13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas.

The team with the most combined points wins the coveted Sadler Cup, named after Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, who served as Air Force Chief of Security Police from 1975-1977. Great Britain has held the trophy since winning it at the last Defender Challenge in 2004.

The event, which has been on a 14-year hiatus, traces its lineage back more than 37 years when Headquarters Air Force Office of Security Police first held the world-wide defender's competition.


"The competition will test the very same skills Defenders may need to employ on any day at any air base in any area of responsibility. They will be placed under stress and will need to shoot, move and communicate with their fire team."


-- Brig. Gen. Andrea Tullos, Air Force Director of Security Forces

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