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104th Security Forces Squadron Defender accomplishes mission for 19 years

Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Cekovsky, 104th Security Forces Squadron drill status guardsman superintendent, protects the flight line Jan. 9, 2019, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Cekovsky has been with the 104th SFS for 19 years and is also a police officer with the Westfield Police Department. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Randy Burlingame)

Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Cekovsky, 104th Security Forces Squadron drill status guardsman superintendent, protects the flight line Jan. 9, 2019, at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts. Cekovsky has been with the 104th SFS for 19 years and is also a police officer with the Westfield Police Department. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Randy Burlingame)

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Massachusetts --

Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Cekovsky, 104th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron drill status guardsman superintendent, has been a Defender with the 104th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron for 19 years.

 

Cekovsky said his decision to enlist in 2000 was the best one he could have made and has also provided him with opportunities beyond the military.

 

“I like accomplishing the mission,” said Cekovsky. “We have the assets that we have to secure and they’re basically the most important thing out here. If we didn’t have the jets, we wouldn’t have a base, so I like being part of securing those assets.”

 

Cekovsky said work at the 104FW has also helped him establish his career with the Westfield Police Department where he has served for 12 years.

He said he always knew he would join the military but the decision to join the Air National Guard was sparked by his brother, Master Sgt. Shane Cekovsky, 104FW Civil Engineering Squadron operations manager.

 

“There was no event or anything that made me realize I was going to join the military,” said Cekovsky. “I just knew that I was going to do it. My whole family has been in the military so I was basically destined.”