42nd SFS Civilian earned Air Force-level award, recognized for excellence

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  • By Senior Airman Alexa Culbert
  • Air University Public Affairs

David Langdon, 42nd Security Forces Squadron Chief of Plans and Programs, was presented the William A. Davidson Award during a ceremony held at the Pentagon November 2.

The William A. Davidson Award is named after the former administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and retired OSI agent, and is awarded to individuals who exemplify excellence in the Security and Law Enforcement community.

Langdon, who is the first civilian to be given the award, said it was an honor and a humbling experience.

The award was presented to him by Wendy Kay, the director of Air Force Security Special Program Oversight and Information Protection, and he was able to meet the award’s namesake, who Langdon described as a giant within the civilian security career field community.

Langdon said that being in an education and training location like Maxwell AFB can give people a false sense of security, which needs to be a priority no matter where you are.

“Terrorists and active shooters can happen anywhere and there’s been a huge rise in the country involving active shooters and that’s one of the things that we took a look at and made Maxwell less of a target and that was one of the programs recognized,” he said.

Another one of the programs recognized was Maxwell’s recent conceal carry policy.

Langdon attributed his success in leadership that allowed him and his team to try new things and create new policies that in turn received Air Force level recognition.

“Mr. Langdon is a true leader and innovator in every sense,” said Lt. Col. Kim Crawford, 42nd SFS commander. “For everything from daily plans management and coordination to our pinnacle event the Integrated Defense Council, which is an annual wing-level event, Mr. Langdon’s work ethic and skill set have proven to be invaluable as we grow and improve our performance and processes. I really admire that no matter what is on his plate, he is always willing to set it aside to advise, counsel and mentor the next generation Defenders.”