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(Courtesy photo/Michael Gray) Lurking in the abyss
The perils wading in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico exist even after tourist season is over. There are plenty of aquatic life forms that can cause an array of injuries or even death. Animals such as jellyfish, barracudas, cone snails, eels, sting rays and sand fleas are examples of some of the marine life, which occupy the Gulf Coast.
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2013
A small portion of coins displayed at the office of Master Sgt. Charles Mann, first sergeant for the 1st Special Operation Comptroller Squadron, on Hurlburt Field, Fl., Aug. 12, 2013. Mann’s vast coin collection consists of coins from squadron commanders to the head of the CIA. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Parkinson) Gotta catch 'em all! Commander's coins
They're collectable, can be shown off and their details and colors are often admired. To collect them all can be a feat that can take years. And with every new one acquired, people believe the rare and most desirable ones are just within reach. These aren't cards or stamps; they're commanders' coins.The origins behind them vary, but, according to
0 8/14
2013
Airman 1st Class Zachary Barkley, 1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron mission systems journeyman, looks over a technical order prior to working on equipment at the 1st SOCMS on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 7, 2013. Technical orders are step-by-step instructions which guide Airmen on how to repair equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) 1 SOCMS: Backshop keeps planes on frontline
Whether making a landing in a dusty desert or navigating through rugged mountainous landscapes, radar systems contribute to a combat aircraft's ability to complete an objective at hand. The 50 Airmen and civilian staff at the Mission Systems Section,1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, ensure mission-critical radar systems are
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2013
Airmen practice the Precision Immobilization Technique, better known as the PIT maneuver, during the Combat Aviation Advisor Military Qualification Skills Course defensive driving module on Eglin Range, Fla., June 19, 2013.  Airmen practiced chasing a car, driven by an instructor possessing years of driving experience, and utilizing the PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Kim) Airman prepare for the spectacular, daring, dangerous: the chase
Part 2 of 3 about a tactical driving course taught and facilitated by members of Team HurlburtIn a small corner of the tactical driving course facilitated by the 371st Special Operations Combat Training Squadron, a line of cars, which on any given day would call a junkyard "home," are prepare to be a medium for invaluable training. What the cars
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2013
Airman 1st Class Gary Jackson and Senior Airman Pablo Uribe, bike patrolmen with 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, perform a traffic stop in base housing on Hurlburt Field, Fla. July 24, 2013. The bike patrols perform the same duties and responsibilities as other vehicle based patrol units. 
(U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. John Bainter)
Bikes on patrol
The 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron's bike patrol make their rounds almost daily through base housing and other designated areas, making their presence known with the goal of community policing and mobility in mind."The greatest benefit is the public presence," said 2nd Lt. Taylor Heckman, operations officer for 1st SOSFS.
0 8/12
2013
An Airman prepares to negotiate through a driving course as part of the Combat Aviation Advisor Military Qualification Skills Course at Eglin Range, Fla., June 18, 2013.  Airmen practiced shuffle-steering, a tactic where the drive shuffles the steering wheel, instead of the traditional hand-over-hand method, for better handling and to prevent injury to the arms in case the airbag deploys due to a collision.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Kim) Airmen prepare for spectacular, daring, dangerous: the drive
Part 1 of 3 about a driving course taught and facilitated by members of Team HurlburtThe wide-open and desolate asphalt range vibrantly exhibited sage marked by dust, cracks and a myriad of tire marks, proclaiming loudly that the thousands of hours of arduous training taught and guided through countless years of combined experience will prepare
0 8/05
2013
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Timothy Kimball, a junior emergency actions controller with 1st Special Operations Wing Command Post, makes an announcement on the giant voice microphone during an announcement at the 1st SOW Command Post at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 25, 2013. Kimball, like other 1 SOW/CP personnel, uses the giant voice system to notify the installation populace of flag conditions, weather advisories and potential crisis warnings. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Senior Airman Joe McFadden) The people behind THE GIANT VOICE
It's 11:59 a.m. on a typical Friday at Hurlburt Field.You're walking to the Base Exchange with ideas for lunch as well as what you want to do with your friends for this weekend getaway.All of a sudden, you freeze in your steps as you hear a loud booming voice, seemingly coming from an opening in the skies. You look around in panic, but notice
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2013
Hurlburt Field mission volunteers pose for a group photo in front of the Chapel on Hurlburt Field, Fla.
(courtesy photo) Hurlburt Chapel members give back during annual mission trip
Members of the Hurlburt Field Chapel community, the Special Operations Youth and the Holy Spirit Catholic youth groups took time to reach out, make repairs and help improve facilities on base and in the local community during their annual mission trip last month. The chapel began doing the missions in 2003 as a way to give back to the local
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2013
Leonard Wheeler, a former National Football League player and “game on” presenter, makes a point to Hurlburt Airmen during a “game on” presentation at the Vincent Airman Leadership School auditorium at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 11, 2013. “Game on” is a nationwide presentation dedicated to enhancing communication skills among its audiences. (U.S. Air Force Photo / Senior Airman Joe McFadden) Former NFL player to Airmen: 'game on'
They've deployed countless times to defend their country any time, any place. They are the products of years of training, dedication to duty and professionalism from serving their country. But were they ready for "game on?"More than 50 Air Commandos participated in game-based training known as "game-on" during a presentation sponsored by the USO at
0 7/16
2013
U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Mary Howe assigned to the 4th Special Operations Squadron, is an aerial gunner stationed at Hurlburt Field, FL. Howe is the granddaughter of retired Army Col. Charles Beckwith who is credited with the creation of the U.S. Army's Delta Force, officially known as 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D), one of the U.S. special missions units primarily focused on the counter-terrorism mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Desiree Whitney Moye) Young Airman continues old legacy
Her relaxing charm juxtaposed with her quiet intensity could easily be overlooked by what looked like a nervous smile as the confidence which brought her to where she is today illuminated the room. A long lineage of American heroes, subtly embedded in her DNA, spoke in volumes the day she enlisted on this country's day of independence, and today,
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2013
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