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Incirlik 2018 Police Week

Bullet shell flies backwards as Airman fires M9 pistol.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles MacDonald, 39th Air Base Wing executive officer, participates in the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Each participant had two minutes to complete as many of the seven targets as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Group poses for photo after the M9 pistol firing competition.

U.S. Air Force service members pose for a group photo after participating in the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol firing competition, at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. The competition was one of six events during the 39th Security Forces Squadron’s 2018 Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Johnathan Read thanks everyone for participating in the M9 pistol firing competition.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Read, 39 Security Forces Squadron operations officer, speaks during the 2018 Police Week firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Police Week celebrates the members that have fallen in the line-of-duty and those serving today. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Airmen calculate the scores of the firing competition.

U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Hazen Noble, 39th Security Forces Squadron weapons superintendent, and Airman 1st Class Ashley Diaz, 39th Security Forces Squadron combat arms scheduler, calculate scores during the 2018 Police Week firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Awards were given to the top three teams, as well as the individual with the best overall shot of the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Security forces member shows M9 pistol firing competition contestent his scoring sheet.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Hazen Noble, 39th Security Forces Squadron weapons superintendent, and U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Timothy Ferguson, 39th Air Base Wing plans and programs superintendent, look at Ferguson’s firing score sheet during the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol shooting competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Seven different targets were used throughout the competition and each individual had two minutes to complete as much as the course as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Airmen fires M9 during pistol firing competition while wearing gas mask.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Timothy Ferguson, 39th Air Base Wing plans and programs superintendent, participates in the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Three Airmen folding an American Flag

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron fold the U.S. Flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. The ceremony was held to honor past and present defenders, as well as fallen defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen braces himself against wooden beam while firing in M9 pistol firing competition.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jose Favela, 39th Air Base Wing inspector general superintendent, participates in the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Two out of the four-man team competed while wearing gas mask, which presented an additional challenge to the competition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Airmen prepare to take down American Flag during retreat ceremony

U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron prepare to take down the flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. The entire 39th SFS attended the ceremony, honoring past and present defenders, as well as the fallen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

U.S. Air Force Commander speaking at retreat ceremoy
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U.S. Air Force Col. James Zirkel, 39th Weapons System Security Group commander, speaks during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. Throughout his speech, Zirkel honored past and present defender, as well as fallen defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen hold POW/MIA flag during retreat ceremony
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Rusaw, 39th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, holds the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. Rusaw, along with fellow 39th SFS members, painted their faces to represent the “Ghost Walker” to honor defenders who have lost their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen uses wooden beam to brace himself while firing M9 pistol.
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jose Favela, 39th Air Base Wing inspector general superintendent, participates in the 2018 Police Week M9 pistol firing competition at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 18, 2018. Part of the competition required participants to wear a gas mask while shooting, creating more of a challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Octavius Thompson)

Airmen prepare to take down American Flag during retreat ceremony
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron prepare to take down the flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. The entire 39th SFS attended the ceremony, honoring past and present defenders, as well as the fallen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Three Airmen folding an American Flag
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U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron fold the U.S. Flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. The ceremony was held to honor past and present defenders, as well as fallen defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

U.S. Air Force Commander speaking at retreat ceremoy
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U.S. Air Force Col. James Zirkel, 39th Weapons System Security Group commander, speaks during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. Throughout his speech, Zirkel honored past and present defender, as well as fallen defenders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen stand ready during a retreat ceremony
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U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 39th Security Forces Squadron take part in the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. The retreat ceremony was used as a way to honor the flag in addition to those defenders who have given the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen hold POW/MIA flag during retreat ceremony
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Rusaw, 39th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, holds the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action flag during the 2018 Police Week retreat ceremony at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. Rusaw, along with fellow 39th SFS members, painted their faces to represent the “Ghost Walker” to honor defenders who have lost their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airman shoots pistol during competition.
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Bowyer-Meeder, 39th Air Base Wing public affairs chief, participates in the 2018 Police Week firing event at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 16, 2018. Bowyer-Meeder and his team members had two minutes each to shoot as many targets as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airman walks during ruck march holding POW/MIA flag
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Rusaw, 39th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, takes part in the 2018 Police Week ruck march as a “Ghost Walker” at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 19, 2018. Rusaw, along with other 39th SFS members, became a “Ghost Walker” in honor of defenders who have given the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

CATM Airman helps Airman shoot pistol during competition
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Schick, 39th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, observes a participant during the 2018 Police Week firing event at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 16, 2018. Schick assisted with more than 15 teams that participated in the contest, which also included some NATO participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airman checks practice shooting tool during competition
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Schick, 39th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, checks the score of a participant during the 2018 Police Week firing event at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 16, 2018. Each participants had two minutes to shoot as many targets as they could in various shooting positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen pass ammunition can back and forth during event
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U.S. Air Force members of the 39th Security Forces Squadron pass an ammunition can as part of the squadron challenge event during the 2018 Police Week at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 15, 2018. Each four-person team had to lift the cans over their heads 100 times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen running with ammunition cans during event
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U.S. Air Force members of the 39th Security Forces Squadron participate in a squadron challenge during the 2018 Police Week at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 15, 2018. The Airmen had to run with two ammunition cans through a maze, before starting their next task in the challenge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

Airmen flip giant tires during event
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U.S. Air Force members of the 39th Security Forces Squadron participate in the squadron challenge during the 2018 Police Week at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, May 15, 2018. During the challenge, contestants had to take part in several challenges, such as flipping tires and lifting ammunition cans over their heads. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kimberly Nagle)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey --

“Law enforcement officers are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ and have a special duty. The term ‘Thin Blue Line’ refers to the line that separates order from chaos. This ‘Thin Blue Line’ works every day to build trust in the citizen and fear in the criminal,” said Special Agent Peter Swinson, U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 522 commander.

This year, the 39th Security Forces Squadron kicked off Police Week at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, by gathering and listening to guest speakers, such as Swenson who has been in law enforcement for over 13 years, during a pancake breakfast.

“This week we ask you to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers and thank them for exceptional duty. Call them what you want, cops, police, brotherhood of the badge, ‘Thin Blue Line.’ They watch over you while you sleep, they look out for your family while you are away, they keep the streets safe, they instill fear in the criminal, and they uphold the rule of law”

The eventful week included a pistol shooting contest, squadron challenge and a ruck march, used as a way to build camaraderie and honor those defenders who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

According to U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Neubauer, 39th SFS Contingency Operations officer, Police Week is used as a time to pause, reflect and celebrate law enforcement officials who are currently serving or who have died in the line of duty.  

The events also provided an opportunity for the 39th SFS to involve other squadrons and NATO members from across the installation to honor all defenders past, present and fallen.

“This is a very tough, thankless job that can [get rough] in the blink of an eye,” said Neubauer. “Sometimes you just need a minute to catch your breath and remember your fallen.”