31st Security Forces Squadron


The 31st Security Forces Squadron maintains installation force protection during peacetime and wartime operations within eight separate base areas. It safeguards Protection Level one, two, three and four resources to include two F-16 fighter squadrons and provides law enforcement services to a community of almost 8,000. The squadron prepares more than 50 primary mobility personnel, maintains organic air base defense capabilities and provides staff assistance and security oversight to four geographically separated units.

Nearly 500 active duty, reserve, guard, and civilian members are assigned to the 31st SFS. The unit consists of five staff functions: SF1, Commander's Support; SF2, Investigations and Anti-terrorism; SF3, Operations and Training; SF4, Mobility and Resources; and SF5, Plans and Administration. The unit falls under the 31st Mission Support Group, 31st Fighter Wing, and is located at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

The 31st Security Forces Squadron originated as Squadron B, 31st Airdrome Group on Nov. 6, 1947 and was changed to the 31st Air Police Squadron on June 15, 1948. The squadron later became the 31st Security Police Squadron on June 9, 1967. The unit has been stationed at Turner Field (later AFB), Ga.; Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam; and Homestead AFB, Fla.

The unit carries the following honors:

Campaign Streamers:
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II 1967-1968
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III 1968
Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV 1968-1969
Tet 69/Counteroffensive 1969
Vietnam Summer/Fall 1969
Vietnam Winter/Spring 1969-1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive 1970
Southwest Monsoon 1970

Presidential Unit Citation: Vietnam, May 1 to Dec. 31, 1968
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V' Device: July 15, 1967 to April 30, 1968
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: Jan. 1, 1968 to May 19, 1969

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award:
April 1, 1994 to April 1, 1996
April 2, 1996 to April 1, 1998 
March 24, 1998 to June 10, 1999
March 24 to June 10, 1999
Oct. 1, 2000 to Oct. 1, 2002
Oct. 2, 2002 to Sept. 30, 2004