WASHINGTON, D.C. - Less than three months ago, I entered "35th SPS" in a Google search. This was the security police squadron I was assigned to in Vietnam in April of 1968 at Phan Rang AFB. I was curious about any information that was available on my old unit.
Several hits illuminated the computer screen and one in particular caught my eye. It was the Vietnam Security Police Association, a group dedicated to security policemen and augmentees who served in Thailand and Vietnam during the war years (1960-1975). Security Policemen were the Air Force's "infantry troops" who guarded the perimeter of Air Force bases (security towers, mobile patrols, canine units, and heavy weapons), internal security areas (bomb dumps and flight line entry points), base police, and off-base convoys.
The association reunites old friends, serves veterans that are affected by post-traumatic stress syndrome, shares the latest medical information on Agent Orange, and maintains contact with active security personnel and the Security Forces Academy.