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Security Forces rededicate building to fallen member

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  • By Airman Rachel Simones
  • 178th Wing
The 178th Wing Security Forces Squadron hosted a rededication ceremony of Harmon Hall in honor of Master Sgt. Michael Harmon at Springfield Air National Guard Base, May 17.

Harmon served with the 178th Wing SFS for 22 years. He suffered a fatal heart attack while exercising on duty at Springfield Air National Guard Base in 2002.

"He was the kind of guy we all desire to attain to be," said Lt. Col. Bernard Willis, the 178th Wing SFS Commander.

Harmon's family, including his sons and mother, attended the ceremony. His close friends and Hamilton County police officers also attended the rededication.

"He was more than just a defender here," said Willis. "He swore to protect and serve in Hamilton County also."

Harmon served as a Hamilton County police officer for 18 years.

Harmon was recently honored in Washington, D.C. where his name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

"Mike's name will be memorialized on that wall forever," said Willis.

Tech. Sgt. Charles Bishop, a member of the 178th SFS, worked with memorial personnel to ensure that Harmon's name would be added to the wall.

"None of this would be possible without the support of this wing," said Bishop. "We helped raise $3,000 to send Harmon's family to D.C."

Twenty members of the 178th SFS visited the memorial along with members of the Harmon family.

"We're making sure that no one will ever forget him" said Willis. "You're not just walking into another building; you're walking into Harmon Hall."