From Interim to Permanent: One Guardsman’s Path to Becoming a Permanent Enforcer

Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong with the 129th Rescue Wing (right) checks a members identification card during gate guard duty, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., April 2, 2016. Fong works as an Augmentee for the 129th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong with the 129th Rescue Wing (right) checks a members identification card during gate guard duty, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., April 2, 2016. Fong works as an Augmentee for the 129th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong with the 129th Rescue Wing checks a members identification card during gate guard duty, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., April 2, 2016. Fong works as an Augmentee for the 129th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released)

Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong with the 129th Rescue Wing checks a members identification card during gate guard duty, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., April 2, 2016. Fong works as an Augmentee for the 129th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Zachiah Roberson/Released)

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Security Forces Augmentee; a temporary duty assignment many Airmen would strive to stay away from. Not only does it require continuous proficiency in one's main duties, it also asks a service member to occupy a seat in the world of security forces should the need arise.

For one Guardsman at the 129th, the situation is ideal. Be an Augmentee while on Unit Training Assembly weekends, work as an enforcer for Homeland Security during the weekday.

"Keeping the peace is about keeping the integrity of our members in-tact within the units here," said Staff Sgt. Michael G. Fong.

Having served previously in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army before the Calif. Air National Guard, Fong feels this path is not only the right one, but the only one he wants to walk.

"Putting on the uniform again felt like being home," said Fong.

As he waits for his seat to join, Fong spends his UTA's as a full time Augmentee, learning the "ins and outs" of the Security Forces life.

"His situation is a little different compared to other Security Forces members who joined; he is awaiting documentation to process and because of that, is able to gain a lot of on the job training before even heading off to tech school," said Master Sgt. Michael Conner, unit training manager with the 129th Security Forces Squadron.

Fong thinks very highly of the position he will permanently acquire in the foreseeable future and shows much enthusiasm toward his work.

"I enjoy this, it's what I like to do," said Fong. "When our members come to work, I want them to feel secure and have the peace of mind that while they are here, at least while I'm on duty, they are safe."