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167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight Jan 2020

Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Harris is a security forces specialist for the 167th Security Forces Squadron and the 167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight for January 2020

Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Harris is a security forces specialist for the 167th Security Forces Squadron and the 167th Airlift Wing Airman Spotlight for January 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jodie Witmer)

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --

Staff Sgt. Geoffrey Harris is a security forces specialist and has served in the 167th Security Forces Squadron for eight years.

As a security forces specialist, Harris provides protection for all base resources and personnel, allowing the wing to operate safely and effectively.

Harris also serves as a police officer for Shippensburg University where he is a field sobriety instructor and an expert in active shooter response.

“SSgt Harris is a true citizen Airmen balancing his civilian career with his responsibilities in the Air National Guard. He has expertly balanced both of these responsibilities without fail,” said Senior master Sgt. Daniel Schildt, the 167th SFS manager. “Harris shares his experience and training with the members of his squad resulting in increased readiness.”

Schildt listed numerous exercises and security details that Harris has volunteered to support.

“His experience and can do attitude was instrumental in all of these events,” Schildt said.

Harris has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Parole Academy.

“I would like to continue progressing in both my civilian and military career, taking opportunities to attend trainings and continuing education programs,” Harris said.

Harris said he is most proud of being selected to be part of a presidential security detail, providing security for President Donald Trump.

Harris said the most exciting thing he has done in his career is deploy to Afghanistan in support of operation Enduring Freedom.

“He provided not only security but was a mentor and wingmen to many SFS members,” Schildt noted.

Harris said the most valuable lesson he has learned in his career is that “things are not always easy, however, difficult things tend to provide great opportunities for both professional and personal growth.”

His advice to new Airmen: “The motivation you display, even on the most marginal tasks, will be a driving factor in how fast and far your career will progress.”

Harris’ hobbies include snowboarding, golfing, hiking and spending time with his family.