The ATFP office keeps airmen informed

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  • By Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The 39th Security Forces Anti-Terrorism Force Protection office is made up of specialized defenders trained to prevent and detect terrorist attacks geared toward Department of Defense personnel and their families.

With a mission to protect the installation and infrastructure critical to the overall mission of providing forward-based air power and global operations, the ATFP office is always fully employed.

The three-deep shop relies on the base populace to be extended members of the ATFP office and provide critical information when needed.

"One of our biggest tools is the Eagle Eye program," said Staff Sgt. Kenneth Souheaver, 39th Security Forces ATFP support staff. "Our team of professionals ensure preparation to defend against terrorist incident consequences through our vigilant Incirlik Air Base members and families through the program."

The ATFP office also places a trained individual in every unit on base to stream information to the main ATFP office.

"Training is a top priority in our unit," said Souheaver. "Our office provides specified training to every unit Anti-Terrorism representatives."

When analyzing and assessing travel restrictions, large gatherings and needed security measures decisions, the ATFP office relies on the Threat Working Group consisting of security forces members, Air Force Office of Special Investigations and Intelligence specialists.

The TWG looks at each situation at every angle before making a decision on restrictions and measures using all of their different specialties to make a joint solution.

"Assessments on restricted travel locations are analyzed and justified by the TWG," said Master Sgt. Richard Dodson, 39th Security Forces ATFP support staff. "The recommended changes are then approved by the wing commander after close examination."

According to Souheaver the recommendations are carefully examined by the best in the field. The calculated decisions are made to ensure our base population avoids travel locations which could place members in harms ways.

The joint effort of Airmen and their families participating in the Eagle Eye program and expert Anti-Terrorism protection members, help to safeguard continuous mission accomplishment and base personnel.