Airman Suzanne Pedro, an Installation Entry Controller from the 90th Security Forces Squadron, was recently recognized by wing leadership for actions that led to capturing an individual with active warrants and a missing child here June 28.
A man drove up to the base gate and handed Pedro, who was assigned to defend that gate, an unusual form of identification. When the man and child in the vehicle refused to make eye contact, the Airman began to suspect something was amiss.
“I had a feeling something wasn’t right,” Pedro said. “Neither the man nor the child looked at me while I scanned the ID. When it flashed red for warrants, my heart began to race.”
After quietly alerting her supervisors and wingmen on duty at the gate, Pedro directed the vehicle out of the line of traffic to prevent the individual from fleeing. Airman 1st Class Frank Shaw, 90 SFS, relayed information to the base defense operations center, which verified the warrants were active and contacted local law enforcement to inform them of the situation.
“We were told of a weapon in the car, so my heart was racing, but I wasn’t nervous,” Pedro said. “My main concern was keeping the child distracted and keeping him comfortable and happy.”
Although the investigation is ongoing, the Airmen were told the child had been missing from his biological mother since December 2020.
Pedro and Shaw were recognized by multiple levels of leadership for their textbook actions.
“Airman Pedro exemplifies what it means to be a Defender,” Major Keil Luber, 90 SFS commander, said. “While not yet qualified on her position, she followed her instincts and training, directly contributing to the capture of a wanted criminal and the recovery of a missing child.”
While both Airmen remain humble about their actions, Pedro expressed excitement about her coming years in the military.
“I’ve wanted to be a police officer as long as I can remember,” Pedro said. “To have only been in the Air Force for 10 months and get this experience that most haven’t gotten in their whole careers – it’s been amazing. I am thankful for everyone on my flight who helped teach me, and I’m also thankful to my parents for supporting me in my dreams.”