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Senior Airman Christopher Anderson (in red), 720th Operations Support Squadron, practices his wrestling moves on a fellow combat controller Tuesday at the Riptide Fitness Center. Airman Anderson has already taken on the Greco-Roman wrestling world at Air Force and national levels. Now, he is in training to try out for the 2008 Olympic wrestling team. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jesse Brannen) Hurlburt Airman strives for 2008 Olympic team
Like many, Senior Airman Christopher Anderson, 720th Operations Support Squadron, was attracted to the Air Force because of the unique opportunities it provides; he just didn't realize that one of those opportunities would be a chance to wrestle for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. Although his duties as a combat controller and an assistant wrestling
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2007
Special tactics Airmen and family members of fallen special tactics warriors join in memorial pushups during the dedication of the Crate Special Tactics Advanced Skills Training Center at Hurlburt Field Wednesday. The center will provide operational training to newly-minted special tactics Airmen.  It is named for Staff Sgt. Casey Crate, a combat controller who lost his life in the crash of an Iraqi air force aircraft in 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery) Fallen Airmen memorialized forever
On the heels of Memorial Day, the 720th Special Tactics Group dedicated a state-of-the-art training center and an adjacent roadway here Wednesday in honor of four Air Commandos killed in the line of duty in recent operations. On May 30, 2005 an Iraqi Air Force SL7 light aircraft crashed about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, killing Staff Sgt.
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2007
Members of the 14th Weapons Squadron participated in the Special Operations Forces Exercise near Anniston, Ala., May 15. (Courtesy graphic) SOFEX students practice mission planning, execution
Approximately 300 miles north of Hurlburt Field nestled in a valley of the Appalachian foothills lies a fictional place called "Alabamaland." It was there the 14th Special Operations Weapons Squadron conducted their annual Special Operations Forces Exercise May 10-17. The SOFEX is geared toward four weapons undergraduate students who are
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2007
1st Lt. Shanna McCoy, who is taking over as the fuels management flight commander, is encouraged by Staff Sgt. Vernon Duncan, 1st Special operations Logistics Supply – Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants, during the Forward Air Refueling Point pull May 11. Several of Team Hurlburt’s chiefs were invited to try their hand at a mock refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Jesse Brannen) POL: Fueling the fight
The most visible element of Hurlburt Field and its mission may be the aircraft flying overhead, but this mission wouldn't even get off the ground if there wasn't someone to meet the tremendous fuel requirements it takes to keep Hurlburt running on a day-to-day basis. This job is in the capable hands of Petroleum, Oils, and Lubricants, better known
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2007
The MC-130 simulator is one of many units located inside the 19th SOS. The squadron has the capabilities of linking their simulators with other Department of Defense and coalition units worldwide. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Lauren Johnson) 19th SOS keeps AFSOC’s fliers flying
On the East side of Hurlburt Field is a labyrinth, a maze of a building where intertwining hallways could easily lose an inexperienced visitor. Nestled inside its walls is a self-contained unit responsible for the training of special operations aviators worldwide. It is the home of the 19th Special Operations Squadron, which provides training for
0 5/04
2007
Master Sgt. Terry Kelly, superintendent of operations training for USCENTAF, launches simulated heavy machine gun fire at Soldiers and Airmen participating in Atlantic Strike V April 18, 2007. Atlantic Strike is a joint forces training event involving joint terminal attack controllers from the Army, Air Force and Marines  and is held semi-annually at Avon Park Air Ground training Complex, Avon Park, Fla.
 (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen Otero) Air Force JTACs train colleagues for combat as “OPFOR”
Insurgents wait beside a roadway for an Army convoy. As the Humvees pass, they launch their attack, blasting improvised explosive devices and rockets at the vehicles. Air Force joint terminal attack controllers embedded with the Soldiers respond by calling for an impromptu airstrike. A-10 Warthogs swoop in to quickly neutralize the threat as the
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2007
Two Expeditionary Combat Skills Training students advance through the field during the most recent class at Hurlburt April 11-13. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Lauren Johnson) ECST prepares Airmen for deployment
Who would have thought all those hours spent playing paintball and in the arcade would be put to use in the Air Force? For Airmen going through Expeditionary Combat Skills Training, they very well could be. Recently, the Air Force mandated ECST for deploying Airmen in non-combative career fields, and Hurlburt Field hosted its third session April
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2007
Col. Harry Howton (left), commander of the United States Air Force Special Operations School at the time of its opening, cuts the ribbon for the schoolhouse 40 years ago. Back then, it was known as the Special Air Warfare School. (Courtesy photo) USAFSOS celebrates 40 years educating Air Commandos
This week the U. S. Air Force Special Operations School celebrates its 40th anniversary. The school started as a part of the 834th Tactical Composite Wing. As the designation of the wing changed from the 834 TCOMPWG to the 1st Special Operations Wing, to the 16th SOW and back to the 1st SOW, the mission of USAFSOS remained the same. "Our mission is
0 4/13
2007
Female Air Commandos prepare for a women's retreat March 22 in front of the 1st Special Operations Wing headquarters. The retreat was in honor of Women's History Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Joseph Coslett) History of women in government: Women’s History Month award-winning essay
The history of the world is dependant on the women who have moved it forward. Each nation has their own history, some remembered and some forgotten, but it's our job to make sure that every accomplishment is remembered and honored. In the past, the rules of society made it difficult for women to be acknowledged for their achievements, and many were
0 3/30
2007
With public affairs and multimedia working as one now, the base will be able to take advantage of the newly created Public Affairs Action Teams. (U.S. Air Force photographic by Senior Airman Gary Stevens) Public affairs/multimedia merger in full-swing: Career fields "connected at hip"
On June 12, 2006 the Air Force chief of staff directed the merger of public affairs and multimedia as a result of Air Force downsizing and as an attempt to combine like career fields. Over the last nine months, the directive seeped its way onto Hurlburt Field. Now, it's in full-swing. Currently, public affairs and multimedia have similar missions
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2007
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