By: Eames Yates
Valdosta, Ga. - A security squadron from Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta is keeping the Air Force's largest wing safe in Afghanistan.
The Reapers are an elite security squadron made up of 150 men and women that was deployed from Moody to Afghanistan about two months ago with the mission to secure Bagram Airfield.
"They are responsible for approximately 180 square miles that's outside of the fence line at Bagram Air Base," Capt. Christopher Hagermeyer, United States Air Force, said. "They are in charge of securing that every single day, 24 hours a day."
There are close to 40,000 people that live on Bagram Airfield, but it's not just protecting those residents that makes up a Reapers job. Interacting with local villagers and their kids is an important part of the mission.
"We got a chance to bring them out a bunch of school supplies and get them all ready for the school season," Tech. Sgt. David Edwards, United States Air Force, said. "And they were really really excited. So it kind of stands out with children of my own around that age."
Despite many connections between locals and the airmen being on guard is always a necessity.
Tech Sergeant David Edwards, United States Air Force, added, "you go out there kind of into a world of uncertainty, so it's not so much the fear factor that you're facing out there. It's just what could be around the next corner."
The Reaper Squadron will be coming home from Afghanistan in mid summer of this year.