319th Air Base Wing commander focuses on base security

Col. Benjamin L. Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin L. Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), briefs member of the 319th Security Forces Squadron during guard mount March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. He and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas, 319 ABW command chief, used the opportunity to applaud defenders for their dedication and professionalism, and recognized the challenges they face while protecting Airmen and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin L. Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), points to an area near the main gate to verify a location to be improved by scheduled construction March 28, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The commander, along with the 319 ABW command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas (left), Terry Rutan, 319th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, and other subject matter experts surveyed security elements designed to prevent unauthorized entry to the installation. Construction on both installation gates is scheduled to start in April 2018 and includes many security upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Col. Benjamin L. Spencer, 319th Air Base Wing commander (right), points to an area near the main gate to verify a location to be improved by scheduled construction March 28, 2018, at Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. The commander, along with the 319 ABW command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Brian Thomas (left), Terry Rutan, 319th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, and other subject matter experts surveyed security elements designed to prevent unauthorized entry to the installation. Construction on both installation gates is scheduled to start in April 2018 and includes many security upgrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Jason Perkins, 319th Security Forces Squadron anti-terrorism program manager (left), reviews security upgrade information with 319th Air Base Wing leaders March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Recent unauthorized entries at other bases, put commanders on notice to conduct thorough reviews of installation security procedures and potential shortfalls in base protection. “I’m confident in our defenders and our security protocols, but there’s always room to improve. This provided me the opportunity to take a close look at how I can better equip base defenders to perform their vital mission,” said Spencer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)

Jason Perkins, 319th Security Forces Squadron anti-terrorism program manager (left), reviews security upgrade information with 319th Air Base Wing leaders March 28, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. Recent unauthorized entries at other bases, put commanders on notice to conduct thorough reviews of installation security procedures and potential shortfalls in base protection. “I’m confident in our defenders and our security protocols, but there’s always room to improve. This provided me the opportunity to take a close look at how I can better equip base defenders to perform their vital mission,” said Spencer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Amanda Callahan)