Defender honored by Martinsburg Elks

Staff Sgt. Mason Crowder, center, a defender for the 167th Security forces Squadron, was presented with the Elks Law and Safety Award, March 26 in Martinsburg. He is pictured with Patrick Neiderer, from B.P.O. Elks, and Major Tim Rice, right, commander of 167th Security Forces Squadron.

Staff Sgt. Mason Crowder, center, a defender for the 167th Security forces Squadron, was presented with the Elks Law and Safety Award, March 26 in Martinsburg. He is pictured with Patrick Neiderer, from B.P.O. Elks, and Major Tim Rice, right, commander of 167th Security Forces Squadron.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --

An airmen assigned to the 167th Security Forces Squadron was presented with an award March 26, at the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Martinsburg Lodge 778.

 Staff Sgt. Mason Crowder was honored for his "commitment to country and community" with the Elks Law and Safety Award by the Lodge.

 “His dedication, selfless service, and community involvement warranted the Elks Law and Safety Award,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brandon Layman, operations superintendent for the 167th Security Forces Squadron.

 Layman said that it is special to receive any type of recognition when working in policing and security, an often thankless job.

 “Often a thank you is enough, but Sgt. Crowder strives to be better day in and day out,” said Layman. “He is and will remain a valued asset to our team and the surrounding community.