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Parachutes line the tables as aircrew flight equipment specialists with the 4th Special Operations Squadron prepare to pack them at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 25, 2017. Aircrew flight equipment specialists are responsible for maintaining flight equipment such as helmets, oxygen masks, harnesses and all life-saving equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Dreams never fade
On the morning of her son’s third birthday, a mother woke up and began her daily routine. Like other days, she started her day with a run on her treadmill. As she finished her run, she took a moment to regain her breath and watch the morning news.The news that morning showed something she had never seen before.Two aircraft were hijacked and flown
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Air Commandos receive request forms from residents during a volunteer event at Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017.  Air Commandos from the 4th Special Operations Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron spent the morning helping residents with minor tasks around their homes and yards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Air Commandos volunteer at Bob Hope Village
Air Commandos volunteer at Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017. Airmen from the 4th Special Operations Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron assisted residents with minor maintenance task and yard work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)
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Staff Sgt. Chelsea Neel, a weapons loader team chief with the 801st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, hugs her daughter during an Operation Homecoming at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 7, 2017. Neel was one of nearly 190 Air Commandos who were welcomed home by loved ones upon returning from a recent deployment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrea Posey) Families, friends welcome home Air Commandos
Air Commandos are welcomed home during an Operation Homecoming at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 7, 2017. Operation Homecoming is a program designed to allow families to welcome home Air Commandos as they return from deployments.
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2nd Lt. Will Mitchell, flight commander of financial analysis with the 1st Special Operations Comptroller Squadron, dresses up as an opposition force during an exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 2, 2017. The Joint Contingency Contracting Officer Training Exercise was an exercise used to replicate a deployed environment to strengthen global reach and prepare Air Commandos for future operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain) Contracting hosts second annual joint squadron exercise
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron and 1st Special Operations Comptroller Squadron teamed up with the Air Force Test Center Eglin Operational Contracting Division to conduct a contingency exercise at the permanent exercise facility here, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.The three-day exercise simulated scenarios within a deployed
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) Check 3 GPS works on duty, off duty
In recent years, outdoor activities like swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking and canoeing have needlessly claimed Airmen's lives.From 2011 to 2015, nearly 30,000 mishaps occurred on duty in the Air Force, according to Air Force Safety.These mishaps occurred through poor risk assessment, inattention, poor decision making, overconfidence or
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CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly in formation over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) CV-22s make history
CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly in formation over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously
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Staff Sgt. Stephen Welsh, a communication navigation systems craftsman with the 901st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, stands in front of an MC-130H Combat Talon II on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 25, 2017. Welsh was selected to retrain into the remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator career field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Air Commando goes from maintainer to aircrew
One Air Commando from the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron has decided to continue his Air Force career as a remotely piloted aircraft sensor operator. Staff Sgt. Stephen Welsh, a communication navigation systems craftsman with the 901st SOAMXS, is set to attend technical training for his new career field in March. Although the process
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Families of deployed Air Commandos enjoy a Hearts Apart event at the Sky Zone in Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 28, 2017. The Hurlburt Airman and Family Readiness Center hosts monthly events for families of deployed Air Commandos to engage and make connections for morale support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kasie P. Whitfield) Air Commando families jump for support
Air Commando families attend a Hearts Apart event at the Sky Zone in Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 28, 2017. The Hurlburt Airman and Family Readiness Center hosts monthly events for families of deployed Air Commandos. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett/Senior Airman Kasie P. Whitfield)
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A child leads the way as she and her family complete the Heritage 5k at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 28, 2017. The 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron hosts events like this to promote fitness in the Hurlburt community and strengthen our bond as Air Commandos. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain) 1st SOFSS 5k celebrates heritage
The 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron held a Heritage 5k and half marathon event for Air Commandos and their families at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 28, 2017. Over 130 Air Commandos and family members participated in this event. The 1st SOFSS hosts events like this to promote fitness in the Hurlburt community.
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Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group and 23rd Special Tactics Training Squadron intramural flag football team competed in the flag football championship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 26, 2017. The 1st SOMDG bested the 23rd STTS with a score of seven to six. More than 24 teams competed in approximately 74 games during the season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 1 SOMDG named flag football champions
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group and 23rd Special Tactics Training Squadron intramural flag football team competed in the flag football championship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 26, 2017. The 1st SOMDG bested the 23rd STTS with a score of seven to six. More than 24 teams competed in approximately 74 games during the
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