MacDill Defenders raise standard

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  • By Senior Airman Adam R. Shanks
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

From increased efficiency improving law and order to an improved work schedule designed to help Airmen raise readiness, the 6th Security Forces Squadron is more effective than ever. Using the Reconstitute Defenders Initiative as a roadmap, they set the standard for Defenders across the force as the Air Force’s Outstanding Large Security Forces Squadron of the Year for 2018.

According to Lt. Col. Robert Moore, 6th SFS commander, Air Force leadership sees new equipment and resources as a way to improve lethality and readiness for its Squadrons, and adapting to these changes requires engagement from all levels.

“One of the big things for us is trust; if our Defenders trust their leadership, and base leadership trusts the squadron, we’re better suited to get the improvements we need,” said Moore.

In addition to equipment and resources, the Squadron has been working to increase efficiency in areas such as processing and documenting training records and even revitalizing the base defense operations center to increase security for service members and families.

“It’s incredible to see our Defenders buy-in to the idea of change,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jason Shaffer, the 6th SFS Security Forces manager.

The introduction of eight-hour shifts allows Defenders to set aside specific days as training, where they can complete their tasks without impeding on their protected time off, and according to Shaffer, has increased productivity and morale.

Shaffer explained that previously during 12-hour shifts, Airmen had difficulties finding time to complete required computer-based training, or maintaining medical readiness required for deployments. In order to fix their discrepancies, they would need to come in on time off or after a 14 hour work day.

“The new shift system allows our Airmen to come in on select training days when they’re already in the mindset to get their job done for the day, and our readiness numbers have gone up,” said Shaffer.

Ultimately, these changes are to enable Defenders to be more lethal and ready for whatever comes their way.  They squadron has bought into the Reconstitute Defender Initiative and the results are not only winning the Air Force’s Outstanding Large Security Forces Squadron award but better Defenders protecting MacDill Air Force Base. 

“We’re giving back time to our Defenders, implementing technological solutions, and owning our role in rapid change at every level,” added Moore.  “The 6th Security Forces Squadron is ready to tackle tomorrow’s complex security environment, and lead the way well beyond the ‘Year of the Defender.’”