My Job, My Life, My Choice
/ Published February 03, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Name: Senior Airman Douglas Patterson
Unit: 50th Security Forces Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base
As part of the 50th Security Forces Squadron, Patterson is responsible for maintaining, repairing and altering 483 assigned firearms. He is also responsible for the parts program as well as the precision maintenance equipment laboratory program. Additionally, he is the unit environmental coordinator and fills the role of the assistant NCO in charge of the armory.
Patterson supports the unit as a combat arms instructor and maintains all Front Range weapons maintenance and repairs. He is responsible for ensuring members are combat ready to fill the roles of both duty and downrange operations.
He leads, manages, supervises and implements small arms weapons training programs. His duties include operating firing ranges and associated facilities, enforcing range safety, inspecting/repairing weaponry, performing preventative maintenance, developing/utilizing training aides and determining training/maintenance resource requirements.
"As a combat arms instructor at Schriever Air Force Base, safety is easily the top priority at all times," he said. "It is easy for students to become complacent while handling firearms with or without ammo, I safeguard this from happening. I direct students and instructors to maintain personal protective equipment, to include eye and ear protection, long sleeve tops, helmet and flak vests with plates. Safety is a must when live fire is conducted. Following safety precautions daily is our primary mission, especially at the Schriever combat arms shop."
Patterson has been in the Air Force for five and a half years and has been assigned to the 50 SFS for a year and a half.