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Goodfellow celebrates National Police Week

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Shour, 17th Training Wing chaplain, leads a group of members in prayer before the beginning of a ruck in honor of National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. After the prayer a security forces member read the defender’s prayer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Jonathan Shour, 17th Training Wing chaplain, leads a group of members in prayer before the beginning of a ruck in honor of National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. After the prayer a security forces member read the defender’s prayer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, delivers opening remarks before starting National Police Week events outside the 17th Security Forces Squadron building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. Police week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Col. Andres Nazario, 17th Training Wing commander, delivers opening remarks before starting National Police Week events outside the 17th Security Forces Squadron building on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. Police week was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Goodfellow members jog during a ruck around Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in honor of National Police Week, May 10, 2021. The ruck was approximately four miles and followed the perimeter of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Goodfellow members jog during a ruck around Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, in honor of National Police Week, May 10, 2021. The ruck was approximately four miles and followed the perimeter of the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Suitonu, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, walks with Zekk, 17th SFS MWD, during a ruck around Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. The ruck was the first of several events held during National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nicholas Suitonu, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, walks with Zekk, 17th SFS MWD, during a ruck around Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. The ruck was the first of several events held during National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shane Myers, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, completes the final portion of the National Police Week obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. Defenders parked along the course route and would shout encouragement and instructions to participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Shane Myers, 17th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, completes the final portion of the National Police Week obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. Defenders parked along the course route and would shout encouragement and instructions to participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Karas, 17th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, completes a pull up during the National Police Week obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The top five competitors of the event won a Police Week themed patch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Karas, 17th Security Forces Squadron flight chief, completes a pull up during the National Police Week obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The top five competitors of the event won a Police Week themed patch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Goodfellow members finish the last portion of a ruck during National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. After the ruck a pancake breakfast was held for all of the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Goodfellow members finish the last portion of a ruck during National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2021. After the ruck a pancake breakfast was held for all of the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A Police Week patch displayed on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 13, 2021. The 17th Security Forces Squadron hosted several events throughout National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A Police Week patch displayed on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 13, 2021. The 17th Security Forces Squadron hosted several events throughout National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

17th Training Wing Key Spouse Angela Buckley, completes the third challenge in the run and obstacle course, walking lunges, in honor of National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. Participants had to complete a variety of exercises including; burpees, ammunition can lifts, walking lunges, pull ups and bear crawling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

17th Training Wing Key Spouse Angela Buckley, completes the third challenge in the run and obstacle course, walking lunges, in honor of National Police Week on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. Participants had to complete a variety of exercises including; burpees, ammunition can lifts, walking lunges, pull ups and bear crawling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

A Goodfellow member runs to the next challenge during the run and obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The event was held in honor of National Police Week where members could walk, jog or run from one challenge to the next. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)
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A Goodfellow member runs to the next challenge during the run and obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The event was held in honor of National Police Week where members could walk, jog or run from one challenge to the next. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

Goodfellow members start a four mile run and obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The run and obstacle course was one of several events held on Goodfellow in honor of National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)
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Goodfellow members start a four mile run and obstacle course on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, May 12, 2021. The run and obstacle course was one of several events held on Goodfellow in honor of National Police Week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Seraiah Wolf)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Goodfellow members celebrated National Police Week with events hosted by the 17th Security Forces Squadron, here, May 10-14.

The week of events kicked off with a four-mile ruck Monday morning, which ended in a pancake breakfast for participants.

In 1962 President John F. Kennedy established May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, then by a joint resolution of Congress in the same year, it was decided the week May 15 falls within would be National Police Week.

“I have always wanted to be a cop,” said Senior Airman Joshua Minor, 17th Security Forces Squadron installation patrolman. “When I decided to join the Air Force I saw the pamphlet describing security forces and knew I wanted that job. I have loved every minute of it so far.”

Wednesday, an obstacle course was set up and individuals could either walk or run before having to tackle different challenges.

“As Defenders Police Week is especially near and dear to our hearts since we are a part of that first responder group as base police on Goodfellow,” said Staff Sgt. Raymond Acuna, 17th SFS unit deployment manager. “We take this week to honor those who came before us and to recognize those who stand with us.”

Finally to finish the week, on Friday, May 14, there will be a Home Run Derby and parade. The derby will be held at the softball field near Mathis Fitness Center beginning at 5 p.m. After the Home Run Derby the parade of police cars will drive down Scherz Blvd.