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Gunfighters enhance installation security

Airman 1st Class Marcus Young, 366th Security Forces Squadron response force member, stands in front of a barrier, April 3, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 366th Fighter Wing is constantly evolving installation security measures to stay on guard and prevent incidents from occurring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

Airman 1st Class Marcus Young, 366th Security Forces Squadron response force member, stands in front of a barrier, April 3, 2018, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. The 366th Fighter Wing is constantly evolving installation security measures to stay on guard and prevent incidents from occurring. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class JaNae Capuno)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The 366th Fighter Wing is constantly evolving installation security measures to stay on guard and prevent incidents from occurring.

“The reason why we change things up is so any potential adversary doesn’t adapt to us,” said Tech. Sgt. Charles Puckett, 366th Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of operations. “If we change up our routine, it makes it harder for somebody to determine what we do. It would be more difficult for someone to counteract our measures.”


Security forces evolve their installation security measures as part of the Random Antiterrorism Measure Program. Russell Fields, 366th Security Forces Squadron Department of Air Force supervisor, described an example of a random antiterrorism measure that security forces must abide by to strengthen the defense of the wing.


“As we get vehicles coming in during a random check, we sometimes get people upset saying ‘why are you singling me out?’” Fields said. “The times and the numbers are directed at random so we can stay vigilant and unpredictable.”


Another way to the base remains vigilant is to encourage base members to report a size, activity, location, uniform, time and equipment report to a 366th SFS response force member when they suspect witnessing suspicious activity on or around base.


“A SALUTE report is basically saying what you’ve seen,” Puckett said. “There is no such thing as too much information for us. Anything and everything that you can tell us is helpful.”


Puckett and Fields mentioned how crucial SALUTE reports can be to ensure the safety of MHAFB personnel.


“Reporting accurate information helps the 366th SFS respond accordingly if needed,” Fields said.


A defender’s purpose is to protect and serve, however Fields said that it is also up to everyone on base to stay alert.


“Security is everybody’s responsibility, we are out to protect the Gunfighter family,” Fields said. “The family has been around for a while, let’s keep it that way.”


If you or anyone you know see any suspicious activity on or around base, please call the 366th Security Forces Squadron help desk at (208)-828-2256, or Air Force Office of Special Investigations at (208)-828-2297.


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