by Airman Jenna K. Caldwell
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
2/2/2016 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- A member of the 22nd Security Forces Squadron earned the Air Force Security Forces Civilian of the Year.
Shawn Kennedy, supervisory police officer, received the AMC Outstanding
Security Forces Flight-Level Civilian Supervisory Level Award and went
on to win Air Force award level recognition as well.
Kennedy has been working with the 22nd SFS for nearly three years and
has dedicated his efforts between security operations flight chief,
continuation of educational efforts and community renewal projects.
"He quickly gained the trust of team members because he does what he
says he will do and treats others the same way he wants to be treated,"
said Kenneth Chrapkowski, 22nd SFS deputy security officer and Kennedy's
supervisor. "This has empowered a great team of defenders to perform at
the highest of levels."
Kennedy has had a number of accomplishments as a patrolman. He guided
security forces in an attempted suicide to preserve scene integrity that
resulted in a saving an Airman's life. He detected illegal base entry
and conducted the interview that enabled prosecution, and he expedited
and facilitated response to 23 medical emergencies.
"I owe this honor to the flight that I work on and to the people I work
with," said Kennedy. "My mentors here have helped me broaden the scope
of how I look at things and not to stress so much about the little
Kennedy has not only focused his energy on duty as a patrolman but off
duty as well as a student, father and volunteer in the community. He has
dedicated his time towards advancement and completion of his Bachelors
of Science in Criminal Justice degree and homeland security
He's worked with the local community by teaming up for housing
restoration projects, leading food bank programs for youth and
committing time to autism awareness groups in support of his son.