Honor and legacy: Joint Base Andrews observes National Police Week

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alex Broome
  • | 316th Wing Public Affairs

Defenders from across Joint Base Andrews participated in a series of events commemorating National Police Week during the week of May 13-17, 2024.

Established by President John F. Kennedy on October 1, 1962, National Police Week revolves around Police Officer Memorial Day, May 15, which recognizes the sacrifices of law enforcement officers throughout the nation.

Defenders kicked off the week by honoring past and present members of law enforcement with an opening ceremony in front of the Jones Building at Joint Base Andrews. Later in the day, working dogs across the National Capital Region displayed their athletic capability and obedience in the Capitol K9 Trials. On Wednesday, Defenders marched in the early morning rain during a Ruck to Remember to honor those lost in the line of duty.

The week culminated in a sequence of sporting events, including a bowling tournament, golfing tournament and sports day cookout.