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NEWS | April 18, 2018

Shielding a nation

By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec 633rd Air base Wing Public affairs

Darren Rice, U.S. Air Forces Central Command deputy director of force protection, was awarded the Air Combat Command Security Forces “Order of the Shield” on March 29, 2018.

For more than three decades, Darren Rice served in support of the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force. 

The Order of the Shield is an award presented to those individuals who have left a huge impression on the Security Forces career field and Air Combat Command Defenders in particular. Mr. Darren Rice became the fourth individual inducted joining Chief Master Sgt. Tommy Baldwin, Ret., Col. Erik Rundquist, and Chief Master Sgt. Rick Parsons, Ret.

“I’m honored and humbled to be recognized by my peers,” said Rice. “To have been able to make a difference means the world to me.”

As the deputy director of force protection, Rice’s leadership and support has been critical to supporting deployed defenders engaged in operations ENDURING FREEDOM, FREEDOM SENTINEL, IRAQI FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, and INHERENT RESOLVE. 

“This really is a team effort,” said Rice. “We try to make sure everyone has the resources they need for their job and send them to their leadership, commanders, chiefs and supervisors. They have the hard job and it’s amazing what they do”

Air Combat Command has heavily relied on Rice’s expertise to guide Airmen in integrated defense operations to protect twelve locations in seven countries, spanning across an area of responsibility of nearly four million square miles.