Sergeant William Stevens, Staff Sergeant Jimel Fraser, Private First Class Alex Compere and Senior Airman Joe Lara, all members of Joint Task Force Empire Shield patrol inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center on September 21, 2016 following the recent bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.
Joint Task Force Empire Shield's primary goal is to detect, deter, and prevent potential terrorist operations in the New York City Metropolitan Area. Security operations are implemented daily through pre-planned programs using a random and strategic methodology. Joint Task Force Empire Shield is designed to respond to a wide range of incidents. By developing a highly trained force in incident response and command, the Task Force prepares for domestic emergencies caused by humans or natural phenomena using lessons learned and best practices.
(US Air National Guard by Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy)