184th Security Forces in Southwest Asia Published July 22, 2009 By Maj Joe Dessenberger 184 IW Southwest Asia -- Forty Four members of the 184th Security Forces Squadron are currently serving in Southwest Asia on a 6 month deployment that started this spring. They have combined with other National Guard Security Forces units from New Mexico, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, and Virginia to form the 64th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. The mission is to provide force protection and law enforcement for three separate security assistance missions under a joint U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense venture. Day to day activities include the screening of several hundred foreign workers and vehicles into the village, perimeter defense, law enforcement response, local area escort of personnel outside the village, and working with the host nation defense forces and tenant organizations to better integrate efforts in the area. Highlights of the deployment so far have been direct support to a POTUS visit to the area, and a recent visit by General Petraeus, US CENTCOM commander. Serving in a designated combat zone has been very rewarding. Letters and cards that arrive from folks across the USA, with notes of support for our troops and their efforts to defend America and support democracy truly make everyone here in uniform proud to serve. A recent morale highlight was an effort to raise money for Air Expeditionary Group activities. In true Jayhawk fashion, members of the 184th stepped up to the cause and got involved. Master Sergeant Joe Schroeder was the overall winner (loser) in the Pie in the Face contest, by far raising the most money of any individual in the event. His flight spent in excess of $400 for a chance to throw a pie. Master Sergeant Schroeder is pictured getting a taste of his winnings.