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Keesler Defenders celebrate National Police Week

Master Sgt. Lucas Applewhite, 403rd Security Forces Squadron action officer, displays the new 403rd SFS unit patch Nov. 7, 2017 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney)

Master Sgt. Lucas Applewhite, 403rd Security Forces Squadron action officer, displays the new 403rd SFS unit patch Nov. 7, 2017 at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The week in which that date falls is known as National Police Week. This year’s police week is celebrated May 12-18.

The police force here on Keesler Air Force Base are the men, women, and furry-four-legged defenders of the 403rd and 81st Security Forces Squadrons.

“Police week is the time of year that we all can formally celebrate those who carry the badge and put their lives on the line, past and present,” said Staff Sgt. Ivette Cisneros, 81st Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler. “As a defender we want to let all Airmen know that we are here to protect and serve, we’ll always be here to help.”

The 403rd Wing celebrates the return of their Reserve Citizen Airmen, who recently returned from a deployment in United Arab Emirates.

While, the 81st SFS have a number of events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate and honor law enforcement officers, especially those who have paid the ultimate price.

The slated events are:

Monday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m., funeral service for Biloxi police officer Robert “Mac” McKeithen at the Biloxi National Cemetery. Service dress will be worn if attending.

Thursday, May 16 at 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., open shoot at the 81st Combat Arms Training and Maintenance Range. Supplies will not be provided, no firearms above 7.62mm caliber or shotgun shells.

Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m., fallen officer ceremony at the Biloxi Police Department located at 170 Porter Ave. Service dress will be worn if attending.

Friday, May 17 at 4:45 p.m., retreat ceremony at the Biloxi Police Department located at 170 Porter Ave. Uniform of the day will be worn if attending.

All events are open to all Airmen, who would like to participate.

For more information contact Staff Sgt. Ivette Cisneros at email Ivette.cisneros@us.af.mil.