117 ARW Receives New Patrol Vehicle

117 ARW Security Forces Squadron Receives New Vehicle

117th Security Forces Squadron receives new patrol vehicles at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base, Birmingham, AL, January 21, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Wesley Jones)

117 ARW Security Forces Squadron Receives New Vehicle

Senior Airman Christopher Adams (left) and Staff Sgt. Brian Hyatt, combat arms, 117th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces, stand beside a new Ford F-150 given to the unit for on base patrol in Birmingham, AL, Jan. 21, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Wesley Jones)

117 ARW Security Forces Squadron Receives New Vehicle

Staff Sgt. Brian Hyatt, combat arms, 117th Air Refueling Wing Security Forces, inspects a new Ford F-150 given to the unit for on base patrol in Birmingham, AL, Jan. 21, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Wesley Jones)

117 ARW Security Forces Squadron Receives New Vehicle

Chief Master Sgt. Robbie Vass, Security Forces Squadron receives the keys to a new Security Forces vehicle from Col. Scott Grant, Wing Commander, 117th Air Refuelling Wing, Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base, Birmingham, Alabama March 13, 2018. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by: Senior Master Sgt. Ken Johnson)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --

The 117th Security Forces Squadron updated its fleet with the arrival of a new fully equipped patrol vehicle as Col. Scott Grant, 117th Air Refueling Wing Commander passed the keys to Chief Master Sgt. Robbie Vass, Security Forces at Sumpter Smith Air National Guard Base March 13, 2018. Two additional vehicles are expected to arrive in the near future. “Everybody’s really happy to have them,” Master Sgt. Thomas Dunn, Security Forces said.

Along with new colors and graphics the trucks are equipped with loudspeakers for public address notifications and an array of lights. The siren is programmed to change tone when at stop signs or red lights to alert other drivers, and to automatically shut off when parked.  Included is a “stop-safe” feature, which allows the engine to remain running without the keys in the ignition but will instantly power off if tampered with, protecting it from theft.

The vehicles are being distributed as part of an Air Force-wide modernization effort and will be used for additional traffic enforcement, emergency response, and supplementing base security.