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Air Commandos prepare to run in the Green Dot 5k run at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 30, 2016. Green Dot is an initiative to reduce power-based interpersonal violence, which includes sexual, child abuse and bullying. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV) Green Dot Call to Action Review, Program Updates
Greetings to all!Our Green Dot Call to Action week was a huge success! We had members from every squadron on the installation cash in Green Dot poker chips during the call to action week – this could be done after showing that they support the culture change that is reflected by the Green Dot program either through social media, in work or home
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Tech. Sgt. Jameson Thorton, left, master resilience trainer with the Comanndo Ready Resilience Center, April Crooks, center, program administrator with the center and Tech. Sgt. Patisha Johnson, Hurlburt Field Green Dot coordinator pose for a photo on Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 26, 2016. Crooks facilitates the suicide alertness for everyone, Talk, Ask, Listen, Keep safe (safeTALK) course which teaches Airmen how to identify signs of suicide risk and where to seek help. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Taking steps to overcome loss, tragedy
Many years ago I lost my brother-in-law to suicide. He left behind a little girl who could not comprehend the loss of her father, and many grieving friends and loved ones who will miss him forever. Sadly, we missed all the signs and pleas for help.It took me a long time to not feel confused about his choice. I was hurt by the loss of my friend and
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April Crooks, the project administrator for the Commando Ready Resilience Center with the 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron, encourages Airmen going through a difficult time to seek help by using various resources like the Preservation of the Force and Family Program, Resilience Center and the Military Family and Life Counseling program at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 18, 2016. Crooks facilitates the suicide alertness for everyone, Talk, Ask, Listen, Keepsafe (safeTALK) course which teaches Airmen how to identify signs of suicide risk and where to seek help. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis A. Spain) Taking steps to make the safeTALK
Hurlburt Field is a base that cares about its people. We realize each and every one of you is vital to the mission, the success of the base and the functioning of the local community. Each one of you, regardless of your career field, play a dynamic role no matter how small you may feel your part is. Without each of you, our mission and our part in
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Staff Sgt. Marleah Miller, a photojournalist with the 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, rides her 2013 Yamah R6 motorcycle at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 7, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Callaway) Shiny side up
The first thing I remember about that day is the large cloud of white smoke from his tires skidding across the pavement, trying to stop on a dime. When I could finally turn around and get to him, he was struggling to breathe, and I could only hear the gurgling from the fluids that had rushed into his lungs. As we tried to keep him conscious, a good
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Lt. Col. Kyle Pelkey is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Dental Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) Real servant leadership
Another leadership commentary? Yes! Truthfully I am writing this commentary because it is my turn on a schedule, but the great news is, I am happy to serve in this way! For most of my career, I dreaded reading the seemingly infinite number of opinions on leadership from various Air Force leaders. Why write another commentary on this topic? I keep
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Lt. Col. Dustin Richards is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 1st SOCES is focused on the construction, maintenance, and protection of all base infrastructure, which includes buildings, roadways, airfield pavements, utility services and the surrounding environment. They also provide complete services for fire protection, explosive ordnance disposal, disaster preparedness, war readiness support, military family housing and various other base-wide needs such as custodial cleaning and refuse disposal. (Courtesy Photo) Airpower is a team sport
Across the country, as winter gives way to spring, the leaves start to bud, the flowers start to bloom, and baseball stadiums in small towns, on college campuses and in big cities come alive with anticipation as we welcome back the national pastime. Hope fills the heart of every fan as each team begins the season with an unblemished record and
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Lt. Col. Richard Dawson, commander of the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, stands for a photo at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Mar. 14, 2016. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) Contracting to the commander's intent
A commander’s intent is given on a topic to help guide the planning and subsequent actions to achieve a desired result. The planning process and actions themselves are important and take hours of preparation. Ultimately however, it is the result of the planning process and subsequent actions that really matters. For example, the action may be to
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Lt. Col. Angel Blackwell is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (Courtesy Photo) You have a better chance of finding a unicorn than work-life balance, and that’s OK
Stephen Covey once said, “The challenge of work-life balance is without question one of the most significant struggles faced by modern man.”In fact, the subject of the elusive work-life balance is so socialized that a simple web search yielded countless articles, excerpts and discussions regarding the best way to balance our unbalanced lives.In the
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CV-22 Ospreys, from the 8th Special Operations Squadron, land at San Clemente Island, Calif., during exercise Carbonite Archer, Nov. 6, 2014. Carbonite Archer is an emergency deployment readiness exercise focusing on the 1st Special Operations Wing’s ability to deploy aircraft and personnel anytime and anywhere in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) Courage and the ORM process
As Air Commandos, we have a proud heritage of courage. The buildings and streets of our bases are named in honor of courageous men and women. Our hallways are lined with the pictures and memorabilia of heroic deeds in our units’ history. The very concept of courage is woven into the fabric of Air Force Special Operations Command and we begin
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Lt. Col. Brett DeAngelis is the commander of the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 1st SOG is one of four groups assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing that plans, prepares and executes special operations and security assistance worldwide in support of theater commanders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Are you an Air Commando?
Defining an Air Commando can be a challenge. Some Air Commando career fields require physical strength and stamina, while others demand technical expertise but minimal physical skills. Medics, pilots, logisticians and personnelists have very different daily functions, but all can be Air Commandos. So what is the common acquired skill that turns
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