NEWS | Aug. 10, 2021 Air Force names new Security Forces deputy director

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INT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Timothy A. Gerald, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the fourth deputy director of Air Force Security Forces, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.

Gerald is responsible for supporting the director of Security Forces by providing executive leadership, direction, broad technical knowledge and executive-level strategic continuity for a worldwide force of 38,000 active-duty and Air Force Reserve members. He also serves as the senior Air Force civilian and functional manager overseeing all matters concerning the utilization, development and career field management of the 4,600-person civilian police force.

Prior to his current position, Gerald served as chief, Requirements and Readiness Division, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection.

In selecting Gerald, Brig. Gen. Roy W. Collins, Security Forces director, said, “I want to congratulate Mr. Tim Gerald as the new A4S deputy director. Tim has been in an acting role since the position was vacated. He has tackled some tough challenges for the SF Enterprise and will continue to do so as the new deputy. I look forward to continuing our work to improve the Security Forces Enterprise.”

Gerald, who assumed the post June 30, said, “I’m excited to continue to serve with and represent the 38,000 Total Force Defenders standing watch at installations around the world. From the day I manned my first post in the weapons storage area at Nellis Air Force Base in 1986 until today, my passion for the work we do has only grown.”

Gerald enlisted in the Air Force in September 1985 and was an honor graduate of both the Security Specialist Course and the Air Base Ground Defense Course. He served 22 years on active duty and held a variety of positions in the Security Forces career field, as well as special duty assignments as an Airman Leadership School instructor and with the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard. He deployed in support of the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since his retirement in 2007, he has held various senior positions in the private and public sectors.

“Air Police, Security Police and Security Forces have a long and storied history,” Gerald said, “and I’m excited to see what great things we do together in the future. Defensor Fortis.”

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