Jan. 18, 2018
Behind the scenes: at the gate
BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. —
Interaction with security forces gate guards is a common occurrence on base. People may think that guarding a gate is an easy aspect of the security forces career field, but my perspective is totally different after my behind-the-scenes experience augmenting at the gate.
I stepped out of my warm car into the frigid morning air to be greeted by my defender-mentor for the day. I had heard the perception that security forces members were unpleasant and smug. I quickly found out he was quite the opposite.