(Editor's Note: National Police Week is May 9 -15. The week is set aside each year to honor all law enforcement officers – military and civilian – who have given their lives for our nation and their communities. In addition to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, we wanted to use this month to recognize the work of security forces members within the Air Force Security Forces Center, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters and our detachments. Like Defenders who have gone before, they are paving the way for the next generation because of the work they are doing for installations to include funding, training and equipment.)
Meet Tech. Sgt. Curtis J. Kapp, Air Force Liaison for Air Force Security Forces Center Detachment 2, Naval Consolidated Brigade Charleston, Chesapeake, Virginia.
We asked him to tell us a little about himself and what he does to support the Air Force Defender mission.
What are your main responsibilities?
I work in the parole and release section, where I manage the incoming and release of Air Force prisoners to the brigade. Additionally, I set up mandatory supervised release by coordinating with probation officers before prisoners are released.
What is the best thing about your job?
Working with each branch of the military at the same time because that is uncommon, and it gives me a different insight on each branch. The location of my job also provides a great deal of benefits on how I spend my off-duty time.
As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?
I wanted to be a part of the military police in the Army.
What made you pursue law enforcement as a career?
The ability to perform different roles, and the chance to work within many different sections in security forces. Security forces is what I signed up to do before I arrived to basic training.
What is your favorite part about being an Air Force security forces member?
Having the ability to work outside and work with other great members within security forces. The security forces career field gives permanent change of station opportunities to a vast amount of areas and the opportunity to see different parts of the world.
Why is your job important to the Air Force mission?
Because it ensures Air Force prisoners are processed and released on time. It prevents our prisoners from serving any more time than they are required, which is essential to the rehabilitation of those who are outbound.
What advice do you have for someone new to the SF career field?
The first few years might be tough working in shacks or the gates, but your responsibility grows and you begin to see more of the importance of security forces in the Air Force.
What or who motivates and inspires you the most?
My wife keeps me focused on my goals - both inside and outside of the Air Force.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Within my security forces career, I started out working flight operations then transitioned into the K-9 career field and followed with a change to corrections. I am excited about what my future in the Air Force has in store for my family and me.