Franklin officer one of nine preparing for National Guard deployment

Franklin officer one of nine preparing for National Guard deployment


Franklin Police Officer Steve Chittanavong is preparing to deploy to Southwest Asia with the with the 118th Security Forces Squadron of the Tennessee Air National Guard.

Chittanavong, who was sworn in as a Franklin Police Officer on January 12, 2017, is one of nine Guardsmen who are also local police officers scheduled to go on deployment.

“Our airmen have been working to get ready for this deployment and their knowledge and abilities are unique,” said Col. Keith Allbritten, 118th Wing Commander, in a press release announcing the deployment. “Both their civilian and guard jobs have prepared them for this deployment. We have nine security forces airmen deploying that are full-time police officers. We are thankful to their communities and police departments for letting them serve their nation at home and abroad.”

The local Guardsmen “will provide law enforcement services to protect high-value assets abroad, in support of enduring U.S. interests,” the press release said.

“The Department has been nothing but good to me since I have been with them,” Chittanavong said. “They are very supportive of the military and I know they are there with open arms if my family needs assistance while I am away.”

More than 30% of Franklin Police employees are U.S. Military Veterans. The force also includes National Guard members and military reservists. The department has a tradition of flying a flag whenever an officer is deployed.

The Franklin Police Department recently raised a Blue Star Flag in honor Chittanavong, a husband, father, and Franklin Police officer.

“I am proud of Officer Chittanavong’s service to our city, its citizens, and our country,” Police Chief Deborah Faulkner said. “We look forward to retiring that flag when he returns safely home.”

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