About Clark and The 3rd Security Police Group
Prior to the closure of Clark Air Base in 1991, the 3rd Security Police Group was the largest security police unit in the United States Air Force who achieved the “Best Security Police Unit in the Air Force” on several occasions. The airmen assigned to the 3rd SPG were tasked with providing a safe and secure environment at the United States’ largest overseas military installation; not only for military members, but also for their families and civilian local nationals who worked on base.
While all airmen in the military form themselves into close knit units, the 3rd SPG was a group of airmen who formed a bond unlike any other unit. Although pointing a finger at the exact reason is difficult, it probably stemmed directly from the fact that Clark been a traditional lightning rod for Philippine nationalists, who viewed us as a vestige of U.S. colonial rule. It was not uncommon to find ourselves faced with threats from the New Peoples Army (NPA), a communist insurgent group that had no use for the American people or threats from local intruders who found their way on base to steal equipment.
In 1987, three Americans, two of them active-duty military personnel and the third a retired Air Force officer, in separate ambushes all within a mile of America’s sprawling Clark Air Base, were murdered. The Americans were singled out for attack which occurred less than a month after leaders of NPA announced a new strategy targeting U.S military installations and business empires.
The 3rd SPG were also proud to be assigned to numerous humanitarian aid assignments, which provided help to the Filipino people after the impact of devastating earthquakes and typhoons.
The 3rd SPG Veterans Foundation
The 3rd SPG Veterans Foundation is a direct result of the bond that formed while we served in the Philippines. No matter when you served, you are part of a bond that continues to unify all of us. We remain true to our core values : Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
We wanted to create a way to give back to the airmen and K-9 who gave a portion or all their lives in defense of our great nation.
Our Executive Team
Bill began his Air Force career shortly after graduating from Upper Darby High School in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in October of 1984. After completing basic training, the Air Force Security Specialist Academy, M-60 Specialist School and the Air Force’s Air Base Ground Defense course, he arrived at Clark Air Base in April of 1985 and was stationed there until November of 1986. After Clark, Bill was assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base, just outside of Rapid City South Dakota until August of 1990 when he was deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of “Operation Desert Shield/Storm.”
After Desert Shield/Storm Bill returned to Ellsworth to finish out his enlistment and separated from the Air Force with an honorable discharge in March of 1992. During his Air Force career Bill earned several medals and commendations for performance and dedication. Upon leaving the Air Force Bill remained in the security industry working his way from security officer, executive protection, Corporate investigator and on to Branch Manager for one of the world’s largest private security firms. Today, Bill remains in the legal industry working in one of Philadelphia’s most respected law firms. Bill is the father of two wonderful children.
Kevin grew up in Mansfield Massachusetts (GO PATRIOTS!). He left for USAF Basic Training after high school in 1985 and then attended the Law Enforcement Academy. Kevin spent his four years in the Air Force stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines and ID.
After rejoining the civilian populations, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. He now resides in Tampa Florida with his loving family. Kevin’s adventurous spirit has taken him to most of the fifty states and various locations abroad including Italy, England, Wales, Ireland, Portugal, Canada and Mexico.
Kevin has spent the last thirty years sampling much of what life has to offer and never taking one day for granted. Iggy said, “Lust for Life” and Kevin embodies that belief. Kevin lives by the doctrine “Moderation is for cowards,” and every aspect of his life reflects that. Husband, father, brother and friend, Kevin is loyal and true to those he loves. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and pushing his own limits to stay fit and prepared for the next adventure.
Jay enlisted in the United States Air Force in December 1984 and left for basic training on March 6, 1985. After completing basic training and the security specialist school, he was sent to Camp Bullis, Texas where he completed M-60 machine gunner school and Air Base Ground Defense training. His first base of assignment was Clark Air Base, Philippines where he served from August 1985 to March 1987. His next duty base was at Shaw AFB, SC where after one year, he entered the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He served in the reserves at the St. Otis Air National Guard base at Cape Cod while serving as a full time police officer with the Nashua NH Police Dept.
Jay was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard in March of 1990 at the rank of E4. After 27 months on the Nashua Police Department, he returned home to Bogota, NJ to serve on the Municipal Police Department. He retired from the Bogota PD after twenty years of service and is now working as a seurity coordinator for Bergen Arts and Science High School in Hackensack, NJ. He is married with two beautiful daughters.