Published May 20, 2015
Watchtowers along the seaside perimeter of Tuy Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam. Being located on the coast required Security Police to also defend against waterborne attack. (U.S. Air Force photo).
U.S. Air Force Air Police in South Vietnam in 1966. (Image courtesy of the Security Forces Museum).
Flares light the night sky during an attack on Tan Son Nhut in December 1966. (Image courtesy of the Security Forces Museum).
Jeep-based Sabotage Alert Team (SAT) at Tan Son Nhut in the mid-1960s. These mobile teams moved quickly in response to enemy attacks. They were later renamed Security Alert Teams. (Image courtesy of the Security Forces Museum).
Security Police finally started receiving badly-needed armored vehicles in late 1968. Pictured here are V-100 armored personnel carriers. The one in the front is also equipped with a searchlight. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Air Police search for remaining enemy troops the morning after an attack on Tan Son Nhut in December 1966. (Images courtesy of the Security Forces Museum).
Security Police badge. (U.S. Air Force image).
U.S. Air Force AC-47 gunships’ miniguns (inset) provided critical fire support for air base defense. AC-47 crews also dropped flares to reveal the enemy at night. (U.S. Air Force photo).
U.S. Air Force Ranch Hand crews sprayed defoliants to clear jungle hiding places around air base perimeters. (U.S. Air Force photo).
Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) agent SrA Richard D. Emmons (l) and Republic of Korea Army Colonel Lee (r) display weapons captured from the enemy near Phu Cat Air Base. Though not part of the Security Police, Air Force OSI agents gathered valuable intelligence that helped in the defense of U.S. Air Force air bases. (U.S. Air Force photo).
DAYTON, Ohio -- "Protecting the Force: Air Base Defense" exhibit in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)