Schriever antiterrorism managers win AFSPC award
Two antiterrorism office personnel here earned the 2004 Air Force Space Command Antiterrorism Program Managers of the Year Award.


By Airman 1st Class Jason Ridder, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2005

  
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SCHRIEVER AFB, Colo. – Two antiterrorism office personnel here earned the 2004 Air Force Space Command Antiterrorism Program Managers of the Year Award.

The award honors Capt. Jason Baggett and Master Sgt. Jim Coffey for having the best base antiterrorism office in AFSPC.

“It took a long time to get this program to where it is today,” Sergeant Coffey said. “We have had many six-day workweeks with 14-hour days.”

They developed Schriever’s first-ever standalone AT plan, which made the base’s AT Force Protection and Full Spectrum Threat Response programs easier to use. The captain and sergeant also provided AT input into numerous construction projects around the base, including the Secure Area Logistics Facility, the Visitor Center and perimeter fence.

“It’s an honor to be named the best in AFPSC,” Sergeant Coffey said. “We’ve put a lot of effort into this program, but it’s an ongoing process. Hopefully, whoever takes over for us can make it even better.”

The 50th Space Wing AT team’s efforts reached beyond the base perimeter. The team led a study of AT and force-protection issues at Schriever and 11 geographically separated wing units.

“The job description for an AT officer is hard to narrow down,” Sergeant Coffey said. “We touch every aspect of the base, from construction to mitigation of vulnerabilities.”

“The hours are long, but worth it in the end,” Captain Baggett said. “It’s satisfying to know the work we do helps keep the base population safe.”

Although they have been judged best in the command, Sergeant Coffey warned people not to become complacent. “Keep up on the news,” Sergeant Coffey said. “Although nothing has happened here, it very well could.

“People should maintain visibility of suspicious or unattended packages. They should also keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles and people outside of the base doing surveillance. Knowing the force protection conditions is important, as is keeping an eye out for people without badges or unescorted visitors in the restricted area.”


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