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Capt. Claude Betene A Dooko is the public health flight commander with the 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Betene’s family heritage of military service motivated him from a young age to aspire to committing his life to service. Despite obstacles, his persistence made his dream a reality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Persistence makes one Air Commando’s dream a reality
When you were a kid, who did you aspire to be like? What did you admire about that individual?For one Cameroon native, a bloodline of military service to his nation inspired him from a young age.“Growing up I looked up to my grandfather. I admired his professionalism, the way he wore the uniform with pride and his sense of sacrifice for the
0 6/09
2017
Loadmasters with the 15th Special Operations Squadron secure cargo pallets on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 30, 2017. The Combat Talon II provides infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory anytime, anyplace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 15th SOS loadmasters lock down cargo
Loadmasters with the 15th Special Operations Squadron secure cargo pallets on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 30, 2017. Loadmasters are responsible for properly loading, securing and escorting cargo and passengers before and during flights. The Combat Talon II provides infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special
0 6/02
2017
Col. Tom Palenske, the commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, helps military children find their dog tags during Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 22, 2017. Children processed through a deployment line where they received dog tags, shirts and deployment bags. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Hurlburt deploys Lil’ Commandos during Operation KUDOS
Military children participated in Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations here, April 22. Operation KUDOS is an educational event aimed to help build resilience in military youth by engaging them in activities that simulate the pre-deployment experience, such as pre-deployment lines and demonstrations. Operation KUDOS concluded with a
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2017
Maj. Ryan Mittelstet, Maj. Brett Cassidy and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Nin were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 21, 2017. While assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, Mittelstet, Cassidy and Nin were onboard a CV-22 Osprey conducting a mission to evacuate American citizens during a civil war in Africa. While attempting the evacuation, their aircraft was targeted and hit more than 50 times by surface-to-air fire from ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Air Commandos receive Distinguished Flying Cross
Three Air Commandos were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony here, April 21, for their heroic achievements during a Dec. 21, 2013, mission in Africa. The DFC is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who distinguishes himself or herself in combat in support of operations by heroism or
0 4/21
2017
Staff Sgt. Alex Almarales, a special missions aviator with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, conducts preflight inspections of an AC-130U Spooky gunship at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 17, 2017. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 4th SOS aircrew fire for readiness
Air Commandos with the 4th Special Operations Squadron conducted a live-fire training mission in an AC-130U Spooky gunship at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take
0 4/18
2017
Air Commandos arrive at Hurlburt Field, Fla., after completing the 6th Annual Air Commando Ruck March April 14, 2017. The Airmen completed the final leg of a 450 miles from MacDill Air Force Base honoring fallen Air Force Special Operations Command members. This year’s ruck march is dedicated to the Air Commandos assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, who perished March 14 in a U-28 crash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Air Commandos complete 6th Annual Air Commando Ruck March
Air Commandos arrive at Hurlburt Field, Fla., after completing the 6th Annual Air Commando Ruck March April 14, 2017. The Airmen completed the final leg of a 450 miles from MacDill Air Force Base honoring fallen Air Force Special Operations Command members. This year’s ruck march is dedicated to the Air Commandos assigned to the 27th Special
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Hurlburt brings Space-A to Air Commandos
After three months of planning and execution by the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation team, the first Space-A flight departed Hurlburt Field for Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8.The Space Available Travel program allows Department of Defense members and their families to travel on Air Mobility Command assigned and
0 4/12
2017
Members of the 1st Special Operations Medical Group and 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron basketball teams contest for the tip-off to start the intramural basketball championship at the Aderholt Fitness Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 6, 2017. For eight weeks, 12 teams competed through a single-elimination tournament to qualify for the championship game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 1st SOCES wins intramural basketball championship
The 1st Special Operations Medical Group and 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron basketball teams competed for first place during the intramural basketball championship at the Aderholt Fitness Center here, April 6. For eight weeks, 12 teams competing through a single-elimination tournament to qualify for the championship game. The 1st
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2017
Master Sgts. Gregory Dedicke, left, and Clayton Slater, special missions aviators with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, conduct pre-flight checks in an MC-130 Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 7, 2017. Pre-flight inspections are accomplished to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission and ensure aircraft are ready to execute operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 15th SOS ensures Talon II’s global vigilance
Aircrew with the 15th Special Operations Squadron perform pre-flight checks and load pallets onto an MC-130 Combat Talon II here, April 7. Pre-flight inspections are done to check for any issues that may interfere with the flight mission and ensure aircraft are ready to execute operations. The Combat Talon II provides infiltration, exfiltration,
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2017
A special missions aviator with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, scans the horizon from a CV-22 Osprey over Northwest Florida, April 3, 2017. The aircrew visited Duke Field to utilize a Landing Helicopter Deck as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. The LHD will serve as part of the aircraft carrier qualification, decreasing the amount of time 8th SOS and 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit personnel spend off station to fulfill the requirement.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land at Duke Field's LHD for first time
A CV-22 Osprey landed on the Landing Helicopter Deck at Duke Field, for the first time April 3. This was the first step in an effort to utilize the LHD as part of a pre-deployment requirement for CV-22 aircrew to be deck qualified. In previous years, members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron and the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit would travel
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2017
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