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Year of the Defender: 50th Security Force Squadron Pass, Identification Schriever’s sentinels

Senior Airman Wyatt Ovitt and Airman First Class Jonathan Mendoza, 50th SFS pass and identification badge clerks, inspect documentation to verify if an individual is authorized entry to the installation at the Visitor’s Center, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 25, 2019. Ovitt and Mendoza’s flight make passes vetting personnel through a national law enforcement database to make sure the right people get on base in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Senior Airman Wyatt Ovitt and Airman First Class Jonathan Mendoza, 50th SFS pass and identification badge clerks, inspect documentation to verify if an individual is authorized entry to the installation at the Visitor’s Center, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 25, 2019. Ovitt and Mendoza’s flight make passes vetting personnel through a national law enforcement database to make sure the right people get on base in a timely manner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Security Forces Squadron Pass and Identification flight supports Air Force leadership’s Year of the Defender initiative by determining whether or not a person meets the requirements to gain access to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado and issue passes or badges accordingly.

Senior Airman Wyatt Ovitt, 50th SFS Pass and ID badge clerk, said personnel who work in pass and Identification are skilled and proficient in their duties, continuously working on perfecting themselves in their performance and projecting the strength of the squadron.

“Our squadron is smaller compared to others, so you know just about everyone and will always have each other’s back,” he said. “In Pass and ID we do a little more customer service than what the entry controllers do. Professionalism is one of the things we like to promote in the section, but being approachable is important to what we do as well.”

Tech. Sgt. Edouard Green, 50th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of pass and ID, said they are the first sentinels of entry onto the installation.  

“Anyone who wants access to Schriever AFB or the restricted area has to come through our section first,” he said.

Individuals selected must be above reproach, due to the information they have access to and their ability to control who gains access to the installation.

“When we make passes, we vet personnel through a national law enforcement database,” Ovitt said. “We use databases like to make sure the right people get on base in a timely manner ensuring only upstanding individuals access the installation.”

Defenders working pass and identification must have is an understanding thorough of the regulations pertaining to their duties.

“We deal with a lot of paperwork and work hand-in-hand with security managers and leadership across the installation,” he said. “You must have confidence and know what you are talking about when you are in a position like this.”

The section has the opportunity to work with everyone from the 1st Space Operations Squadron in the restricted area to Security Forces investigations in their building.

“If one of the sections needs someone to have access to the base or the restricted area, the units work with us and investigations works with us usually if they are looking for someone,” Ovitt said.

In order for the section to have success when it comes to understanding the regulations applying to their mission, they work hand-in-hand with plans and programs and installation security managers.

“To be successful in being sentinels of the force, our sections have to be synergized with others,” Ovitt said. “When we engage people and they want access to the base, it usually rolls into what the other sections do, sometimes including physical security.”

In the section’s daily operations they support the 50th Space Wing and their mission partners by providing support to the various agencies outside the department of defense who may need access to the installation.

Airman First Class Jonathan Mendoza, 50th SFS pass and identification badge clerk, said their duties are tied to base security.

“People come to us when they need base access. We are here to make sure everyone coming on base is authorized to be here,” Mendoza said. “In addition to this, we work alongside our Defenders on flight, they’re able to do their job because we do ours.”

Ovitt said the most rewarding part of working pass and ID is he gets to discover the “why” of some of the things Defenders do.

“I am continuously learning the job and enhancing my understanding for when I go back to flight,” he said. “I know what I am learning here, I can take those experiences and apply them to my mission back on flight.”

 

This article is the seventh part of a series highlighting the 50th Security Forces Squadron flights. See future issues of the Schriever Sentinel for more coverage of Year of the Defender.

 

 

 

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