Elite entry controllers

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  • By Senior Airman Colby L. Hardin
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Don't let the clean uniform fool you, the 22nd Security Forces Squadron elite gate guards don't mind getting dirty to protect the base and the personnel on it.

The elite gate guards' uniform differs from the other entry controllers on base. While most entry controllers wear their ABUs, security forces badge and beret, the elite gate guards wear blue slacks, blue shirt, black, bloused boots with white laces, a chrome whistle and an ascot featuring the Air Mobility Command shield.

"We wanted to showcase our Airmen who we feel are elite guard material," said Master Sgt. John Jaykoski, 22nd SFS entry controller NCO in-charge. "The uniforms are what helps them standout and provide that highest of standards image."

Elite gate guards are first be recommended by their supervisors for going above and beyond their normal duties and being held at a higher fitness standard than what the Air Force requires for Airmen.

The Airmen who make up the elite guard team not only have military bearing but they must also display a personality that is considered welcoming to people who come on base.

"Personality is a big part of the job," said Senior Airman Shanise Trejo, 22nd SFS entry controller. "When people come on base and see a familiar face, the uniform, and a personable entry controller, it gives them assurance that they should feel safe."

Entry controllers must represent the professionalism of an Airman and the strength of someone whose job is to protect an entire military base and its assets. The elite gate guards are elite because they do it during the busiest times throughout the day.

"They may not hear it every day but people notice the appearance, the attitude, the smiles," said Jaykoski. "I get all types of feedback from people who drive through that gate saying that one entry controller brightened my day  It's a very good thing."