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Defenders claim major command awards

Line dancing

96th Security Forces Squadron Airmen rotate and point their weapons during the “Line Dance” training exercise June 21 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. For the training, defenders form a line and practice moving together and reacting properly to specific security commands. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Peace Officers' Memorial

Airman 1st Class Laurel Martinez, 96th Security Forces Squadron salutes during the Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony May 13 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The ceremony was to honor fallen police officers from the previous year by reading their names aloud. Security forces Airmen from Eglin and Hurlburt Field attended and participated in the event. The ceremony is one of many events taking place during National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Hogan's Alley

Senior Airman Lucas Magruder, 96th Security Forces Squadron, fires at shifting targets during the unit’s “Hogan’s Alley” training session June 21 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Enemies and bystanders on paper targets shift and appear before the Airmen. They must process the information quickly and correctly to engage the correct targets in a hostile environment. The name originates from a popular 80s videogame. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Peace Officers' Memorial

Capt. Charles Giffin, 96th Security Forces Squadron, stands in front of his squadron’s formation during the Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony May 13 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. The ceremony was to honor fallen police officers from the previous year by reading their names aloud. Security forces Airmen from Eglin and Hurlburt Field attended and participated in the event. The ceremony is one of many events taking place during National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

K-9 Competition

Staff Sgt. Bradley Shepherd and Rex, 96th Security Forces Squadron, exit a building after a search during a K-9 competition at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The friendly contest brought together local and Air Force K-9 teams to compete in search, obstacle course and assailant scenarios. The competition was part of the base’s Police Week activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The 96th Test Wing captured four of the 16 Security Forces individual awards at the AFMC level.  The 96th Security Forces Squadron defenders move on to the Air Force-level competition.

“Defenders represent across Team Eglin daily and we are proud of our award winners as they are representatives of the hard work and dedication of all defenders that allow mission success,” said Lt. Col. Lucas Hall, 96th SFS commander.

The winners are:
Master Sgt. Eric Tabb - Flight-Level Senior Noncommissioned Officer
Staff Sgt. Michael Garayalde – Flight-Level Airman
Maria Ortiz - Flight-Level Civilian Award Non-Supervisory Level
Chris Bostrom - Support Staff Civilian Award

“These awards are important because it recognizes the hard work our Defenders do around the clock to keep Team Eglin safe,” said Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambert, 96th SFS manager.  “From our efforts on the range and main base to our training section and our anti-terrorism team - it is a good reminder Team Eglin represents AFMC’s finest Defenders.”