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San Antonio Rotary - The Wheel - Archive (November 08, 2006)
Mary Kay Hertog is Director of Security Forces, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
She is the focal point for force protection within the Air Force and is responsible for planning and programming the security for more than 30,000 active-duty and Reserve components' security forces at locations worldwide.
She provides policy and oversight for protecting Air Force installations from terrorism, criminal acts, sabotage and acts of war, and she ensures security forces are trained, equipped and ready to support contingency and exercise plans.
entered the Air Force in 1978 as an ROTC distinguished graduate.
As a career security forces officer, she has worked at unit, major command, and Air Staff level in various positions, to include commanding several large security forces units and a technical training group.
Prior to her current assignment she was Commander, 37th Training Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, one of the largest training wings in the U.S. Air Force.
Van E. Harl: No Pink Humvees and No Barbie Jeeps
There is however another empowered female by the name of Mary Kay and her world is the predominately male world of the Air Force Security Forces (read "cops").
Brigadier General Mary Kay
Hertog, USAFBrigadier General Mary Kay
Hertog is the new Director of Security Forces, Headquarters, Air Force.In the old days before they changed the title, she
would have been known as the Chief of Police of the Air Force
.There are no pink humvees or Barbie jeeps for General Hertog
.While she is a very pleasant and personable individual to be around, there is no doubt she is the "top cop" in the Air Force and she knows what to do and how best to get the security job accomplished.
Gen.Hertog was the first female "cop" colonel promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the Air Force, but this was no surprise to anyone in the career field.I knew her twenty five years ago when she was a Captain and she impressed the old battle-hardened male "cops" even back then.
This was not the case with Mary Kay
Hertog.From the time I first started hearing about her as a new Captain there was always a different expectation.She
was not going to need to be carried or propped up or helped along.Mary Kay
Hertog was not going to meet the standards of a Security Police commissioned officer she
was going to set them.
When General Hertog
was first promoted she
did not take over as the "top cop" for the Air Force
.They brought in a new general from a different career field.General Hertog was at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas commanding the largest training wing in the world.She
did an excellent job in training but she
is first and foremost a "cop" and now she
is back where my big Air Force
the most.The ground combat mission for the Security Forces is off the chart and there has to be some relief for the "cops."I would suggest that non-cop influences within the Air Force
have not truly understood the over all abilities and limitations of the Security Forces.General Hertog
understands Air Force
is the drive and direction we need.I congratulate her
on the promotion and look forward to her
"cop-on-cop" leadership.We need her
back, praise the Lord.
United Way San Antonio: News
Mary Hertog, commander of the 37th Training Wing, Lackland Air Force Base, spoke on behalf of the federal employees who contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).