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USAF Police Alumni Association Launches USAF Virtual Police Museum

October 27, 2014  | 

The USAF Police Alumni Association (PAA) was formed shortly after it was announced that the USAF Security Forces Museum located at Lackland AFB in Texas would be closed and consolidated with an existing USAF Heritage Museum at Lackland.

"Something had to be done to protect the proud history and traditions of the USAF's largest career field," commented John Shanks, a retired member of the USAF and law enforcement who is the founder and co-chairman of the USAF Police Alumni Association. Shanks went on to explain that in today's virtual and digital world you do not need a physical building to have a museum.

This month, the USAF Police Alumni Association officially launched the USAF Virtual Police Museum and Memorial. The Alumni Association will protect and preserve the proud history and heritage of the men and women who have served the United States Air Force and heroically protect our bases and resources worldwide. This museum will tell the stories and traditions of the airmen who served as Air Police, Security Police and in the Security Forces. The Memorial will forever honor the service and sacrifice of those who came before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States of America.

The Virtual Museum will include historical accounts and first-hand recollections along with photo and video archives that will preserve the history of the law enforcement and security career fields. The history of USAF Air Police, Security Police, and Security Forces spans 67 years and includes service in the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Gulf War, and the War Against Terror.

The Memorial will forever honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen police airmen and will be a constant reminder that freedom is not free. The Memorial will not only honor these fallen heroes but will also be a place of remembrance and reflection. In time, each fallen Peacekeeper and Defender will have his or her story told and will become a living memorial to their service. As the Memorial grows family members and colleagues will be able to leave personal tributes for our fallen, creating a personal and everlasting living history. The USAF Police Virtual Memorial will be the place of honor and will recognize the sacrifice of the blue beret.

To learn more about the USAF Police Alumni Association and the USAF Air Police, Security Police and Security Forces career field, visit and on Facebook at

About the USAF Police Alumni Association

The USAF Police Alumni Association is a private not-for-profit 501c19 (pending) organization. The USAF Police Alumni Association is not a law enforcement agency and has no police powers. The USAF Police Alumni Association is not affiliated with, a part of, or an official representative of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense, or any other U.S. Government agency.

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Comments (4)

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TheRookie @ 10/27/2014 10:07 PM

My nephew will be glad & proud. He's got 10 years in & wants to make it a 20 + career. That's only most likely possible if the POS POTUS is curbed this November. Also am happy it's not ran by any federal agency as they can't find their azz with 50 hands.

Martin Yancy @ 10/28/2014 8:38 AM

A former SP/Law Enforcement Specialist for 15 years. When the Museum was first being planned I remember SPs being asked to donate funds & I did. I enjoyed going to the Museum when back at Lackland AFB a few times. Saw some of the plaques/awards from when I was at 321 SPS/Grand Forks AFB ND and rememberd some friends whose names are on those plaques. It will be great to see the updated virtual museum and all the displays since I was last there.

Ima Leprechaun @ 11/3/2014 1:33 AM

USAF Police, thank you for your service. You really have a tough job and work in some of the most hostile conditions in the USA.

Rick Aldridge @ 11/4/2014 11:06 AM

As a past SP, I am still very heartbroken to see the Museum close. Garbage really, it was funded by private donations etc... I am glad to see at least a virtual but we need our building back. All of those fine young men and women coming into the field need to know roots.

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