Deployed spotlight: 4th SFS Airman protects personnel, assets

Staff Sgt. Tommy Dailey, security forces craftsman with the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, poses near the perimeter of this nondisclosed base in Southwest Asia on July 14, 2010. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee/released)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Staff Sgt. Tommy Dailey, security forces craftsman with the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, poses near the base perimeter here July 14, 2010. Sergeant Dailey is deployed from the 4th Security Forces Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeremy Larlee/released)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Security force Airmen do more than defending personnel, equipment and resources from hostile forces, security forces. They operate in various field environments, and perform individual and team patrol movements.

"You can't fly, fight and win without having security for the installation," said Staff Sgt. Tommy Dailey, 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron NCOIC of the restricted area maintenance team.

Sergeant Dailey, deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., also performs air base-defense functions contributing to the force protection mission which includes controlling and securing terrain inside and outside military installations.

"Security forces play a vital role in today's war on terrorism in many different ways such as K-9, combat arms, force protection airborne surveillance system, TASS and Ravens," said the De Soto, Ill., native. "Without these vital roles in the security forces career field, we would not be able to properly secure an installation or its resources, and we wouldn't be able to bring the fight to the enemy on their own grounds."

Sergeant Dailey takes pride in his Air Force role as a security forces defender.

"I am honored to be able to serve in the military," Sergeant Dailey said. "It is the people next to me who keep me going each and every day. I am happy to be able to deploy to the enemies' doorstep and take the fight to them!"