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Lt. Col. Jason Fick is the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron commander. Fick oversees technologically advanced systems and the Airmen who enable the 1st SOCS to be the communications frontline for the 1st Special Operations Wing as they lead the way, dedicated to their motto, "Comm for Special Ops." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Followership
As I think about leadership and what it means to be a good servant leader, I am convinced that to be a good leader you must also be a good follower. Being a good follower, or followership, is a very effective way to set high standards and lead your formation by example.One of my first Air Force supervisors would continually remind me that, “to be a
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Default Air Force Logo All about attitude: Turning negative into positive
I was a second lieutenant and assistant officer in charge of a fighter maintenance unit. I struggled daily to turn negative into positive. Admittedly, I had no prior service experience under my belt, and I had only a limited amount of maintenance experience at the time. A regular part of my job required me to brief the maintenance group commander
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Default Air Force Logo United We Rise
We honored the fallen on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Each year, we remember the innocent Americans who lost their lives in a senseless act of terrorism. The tradition of remembrance and mourning are important for many reasons.However, I also mourn the loss of our amazing transformation into a unified nation. In
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Default Air Force Logo Connecting the dots
Growing up, you probably did a “connect-the-dots” exercise at school, where you started with a piece of paper comprised of numbered dots. Only after you connected all of the dots with lines could you see the complete picture and how each line, or step of the process, contributed to the image as a whole. At times, our Air Force can seem like a
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Lt. Col. Derrick Barton is the 4th Special Operations Squadron commander. Barton is in charge of the largest of nine flying squadron within the 1st Special Operations Wing that employs the AC-130U Spooky gunship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Callaway/Released) Air Commandos: Born in combat
There you were, at the bottom of a valley in Afghanistan, surrounded by Taliban fighters, running out of ammo and options. You radio in to the AC-130 gunship, flying two miles above your head, for help. Under cover, you wait for the aircraft to shoot unguided bullets filled with explosives through miles of air, from a plane moving over 200 mph,
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Maj. Chris Hagemeyer is the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron commander. Hagemeyer is in charge of approximately 270 security forces members who provide force protection for special operations through physical security, entry control, armed response and police services to Hurlburt Field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson/Released) Force Protection: More than an installation necessity
When military members think about Force Protection, our minds immediately gravitate towards the protection of our installations. Security Forces defenders working at an installation entry control point, controlled access to certain facilities or measures units implement to make themselves a harder target are easy examples many associate with force
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Default Air Force Logo The Spartan Way: A unit’s juxtaposition of omnipresence, anonymity
It is a day like any other where an MC-130H Talon II pilot pulls into the 15th Special Operations Squadron’s parking lot to prepare for a local training sortie. Before the briefing, though, the pilot quickly checks into the squadron’s medical section to ensure his recent flight physical information has been loaded into the system. After some quick
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Default Air Force Logo Developing Airmen Through Airman’s Time
"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."This quote by Theodore Roosevelt sums up the intent of the 1stSpecial Operations Wing's mentoring program, Airman’s Time.Airman’s Time has become a new catch phrase in the 1st SOW. But what is it, exactly? In a nutshell, it’s a mentoring initiative to: develop and connect with
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Col. Sean Farrell, 1st Special Operations Wing commander, assumes command during the 1st Special Operations Wing change of command ceremony at the Freedom Hangar on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 6, 2015. The primary mission of the 1st SOW is to rapidly plan and execute specialized and contingency operations in support of national priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway)

Commander's road map to readiness
1st Special Operations Wing Air Commandos, what a great honor it is for me to be back at Hurlburt Field to serve as your commander. Know that I accept this responsibility with the utmost humility and commitment to ensure you have a road map and a clear path to do what you do best: take the mission to the enemy and carry on this proud Air Commando
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A medical professional from the 1st Special Operations Medical Group holds up a “Thanks for Asking” card on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 23, 2014. People received this card if they asked simulated domestic violence victims about their bruises and black eyes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrea Posey) Black Eye Campaign highlights hidden hurt
What would you do if you saw someone standing in line in front of you at the commissary or the headquarters building with a black eye or bruises around their neck?  What would you do if a co-worker or supervisor arrived at work complaining of pain or acting distant?October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Hurlburt Field Family
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