Standing in the last row, on the right, with his team,
Sergeant "Cammie" Michael Elliott
March 5, 1957- March 21, 2007
"REST IN PEACE, PEACEKEEPER"
Cammie was my friend, we worked together at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, assigned to the 437th Security Police Squadron, and it was during that time in the late 70's and early 80's that we forged a bond of friendship that I will never forget.
"Cammie" passed away last week on March 21st, after a courageous battle with cancer, he is survived by his wonderful wife, Patsy and his wonderful daughter, Miranda and all his life-long friends.
If there is one thing I do remember about "Cammie", he was thoughtful, had a heart of gold, and cared... really cared. He is one of the "good guys" and he will be missed.
Cammie was with what was then known as, Security Police (currently Security Forces), as a security specialist, who loved working as the squadron armorer and volunteering his free time to train E.S.T. members. Just look at the pictures below, they speak louder than what I can write here about him. (To see an enlarged version of the photos, double click on them)
Look at the reflection in his mirrored glasses, getting ready for a deployment exercise; by the way, those mirrored glasses, a trademark with him in those days, I don't know if there was ever a day when he didn't have them on.
Standing in the picture above, back row, third from the left: Look at that big smile, after completing a whole week of E.S.T. training to qualify for the team... "Robert Oh... (instead of calling me Roberto)... time for some Waskey and coke"...
"Cammie" graduated from the E.S.T. school and here we are getting ready to train some future "Operators" in the art of rappelling. His Kentucky upbringing only added to his talent as a trainer.
There he is, standing behind me, involved in river crossing training with our team members and our 44-man ABGD team, getting ready for a MajCom exercise, "Cammie" was always there, being a "team player" and lending his expertise to those who sought it.
SECURITY FORCE CREED: I am a security force member. I hold allegiance to my country, devotion to duty, and personal integrity above all. I wear my shield of authority with dignity and restraint, and promote by example high standards of conduct, appearance, courtesy, and performance. I seek no favor because of my position. I perform my duties in a firm, courteous, and impartial manner, irrespective of a person's color, race, religion, national origin, or sex. I strive to merit the respect of my fellow airmen and all with whom I come in contact.
History of the Security Police Prayer below, click to enlarge: