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Air Force security transfers authority to Army
Chief Master Sgt. David Provo, 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron chief enlisted manager and Lt. Col. Theodore Ruminsky, 506th ESFS commander case the 506th ESFS squadron guidon for the final time at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq during a transfer of authority ceremony May 28, 2010. The 506th ESFS transferred base security to the Army 1st Special Troops Battalion. In addition to the transfer of authority, the 506th ESFS was officially inactivated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Martie Moore)
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Air Force security transfers authority to Army

Posted 5/31/2010   Updated 5/31/2010 Email story   Print story


by Master Sgt. Martie Moore
506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs

5/31/2010 - KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq -- The 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron at Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq transferred authority for base security to the 1st Special Troops Battalion during a ceremony here on May 28, 2010. In addition to the transfer of authority, the 506th ESFS was officially inactivated.

The 506th ESFS ensured the overall security of more than 7,000 personnel and 1.5 billion dollars of coalition forces assets. During this deployment rotation the squadron consisted of more than 300 active, Guard and Reserve Airmen from 36 different U.S. military installations.

"It's a testament to their skill, training and professionalism that you can take elements from separate units, put them together, and they hit the ground as one cohesive unit - remarkable," said Lt. Col. Theodore Ruminsky, 506th ESFS commander, deployed from Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Reserve Station, Minn.
During the ceremony Colonel Ruminsky highlighted some of the countless accomplishments of his squadron.

"We have provided positive entry control and screening for more than 16,000 vehicles. Ensuring positive entry control is a team effort. Security is a team sport," said Colonel Ruminsky. "The 16,000 vehicles do not include the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of U.S. and coalition force vehicles that are checked in and out of the base, every day. This unit developed and oversaw the construction of a new personnel screening facility which increased manpower efficiency and security of the base and we implemented biometric identification and enrollment capabilities to the screening process, greatly enhancing base security."

As Kirkuk Regional Air Base transitions through the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, the special troops battalion will assume the additional responsibility for base defense. Army Col. Patricia Sellers, 1st Special Troops Battalion, Ready First Combat Team said she appreciated the continued teamwork through this time of change.

"Their expertise and professionalism is world-class," said Colonel Sellers. "The 506th has been protecting and serving the base for many years."

The ESFS is the first Air Force unit to fully withdraw from Kirkuk Regional Air Base since the build-up of forces began April 23, 2003, nearly one month after Operation Iraqi Freedom started.

"To the Army and the new security team, we wish you quiet nights and peaceful days, and to the men and women of the 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron -- thank you for your service. Thank you for your support. Outstanding work, defenders," concluded Colonel Ruminsky.

6/8/2010 3:10:44 PM ET
As a former commander of the 506 AEG I can't say enough about the hard work that SFS Airmen from units throughout the USAF and ANG have accomplished regarding the protection of the occupants of Kirkuk Regional Air Base. The OSI also put forth huge effort their and lost a few Special Agents in the process. To quote Winston Churchill commenting on the pilots of the RAF after the Battle of Britain was finished Never was so much owed by so many to so few.
Col Ted Metzgar, Mitchell Field WI
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