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1st Special Operations Wing Commander



Colonel Michael E. Conley is the Commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL. He is responsible for preparing Air Force special operations forces for worldwide missions in support of joint and coalition special operations. The wing's mission includes planning, posturing, and executing precision strike, specialized mobility and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. The wing employs more than 80 aircraft, including the AC-130U, AC-130J, MC-130H, CV-22B, U-28A and PC-12.These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, counterterrorism, personnel recovery, psychological operations and information operations. Continue reading...


1st Special Operations Wing Vice Commander


Colonel Michael D. Curry is the Vice Commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida. He is responsible to the 1st SOW Commander for preparing Air Force special operations forces for missions worldwide in support of Army, Navy, Marine and allied special operations forces and USAF counterparts. The wing's mission includes infiltration, resupply, air refueling and precision fire support, employing over 80 fixed and vertical lift aircraft including the AC-130U, AC-130J, MC-130H, CV-22B, U-28A and PC-12. These capabilities support a variety of special operations missions including direct action, unconventional warfare, special reconnaissance, personnel recovery, counterterrorism, psychological operations and information operations. Continue reading... 

1st Special Operations Wing Command Chief



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#AirCommandos in the 1st SOW, meet your new Vice Commander, Col Mike Curry. Col Curry has a lengthy special operations background and is no stranger to Hurlburt Field. He's coming to us from the Joint Staff J-3 at the Pentagon. Welcome to the team!
Meet the 1st SOW's newest squadron commander -- Lt Col Kevin Rowlette took the reins of the 34th SOS on Thursday after a successful tour as the squadron operations officer. Welcome to command!
Welcome to the 1st SOW and Team Hurlburt, Col. Love -- I'm proud to have you here leading our Commando Medics at the AFMS - Hurlburt - 1st Special Operations Medical Group!
With Col Antonio Love now at the helm of the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, we've completed the final change of command ceremony for the summer here at the 1st SOW. These events take an incredible amount of behind-the-scenes work and coordination to pull off. I'd like to take a moment to recognize the wing's amazing protocol team. They work tirelessly for every event and ceremony at the 1 SOW and never get the real credit they deserve. Thanks to the Public Affairs team for putting this video together to highlight a day in the life of our protocol team!
A special shout out from here at Hurlburt Field to a great Chief, man and friend at the 27th SOW. CMSgt Chris Egbert hung up the uniform today after almost 23 years of service. He and his awesome wife Amy represent what AFSOC resiliency is all about...both in the way they live and the way they care for Air Commandos and their families. Congrats, Chief and Amy...and thank you for your service!
Well done...glad we have folks like this on our team!
Happy 100th Birthday to our allies in the RAF...great flybys of Buckingham Palace today.
Hard work, vision, compassion and loyalty to your team epitomize a strong enlisted leader — this man has poured himself into the role of 1st SOW Command Chief. The wing was lucky to have the Wolfes on our team. We say farewell to Chief Wolfe with a heavy heart but wish him and his family nothing but the best as they head back to Alaska...next Command Chief Master Sergeant of 11th Air Force! ☘️
Today we celebrated Col Steve Breeze, who served the final two years of his Air Force career as the vice commander of the 1st SOW. Great officer, leader and man...I’m honored to call him a friend. The 1st SOW and the Air Force are better because of the Breeze family...we’re going to miss you!
Happy 242nd Birthday, America! The first battles for independence established a proud tradition of American resolve. Our #AirCommandos from Hurlburt Field keep that up as the most deployed wing in the United States Air Force. Non-stop freedom secured by non-stop professionals!
Today, the 1st SOW had the honor of hosting a very special guest for a quick visit to the building on base named in his honor. Lt Col (Ret.) Richard E. "Dick" Cole, the last surviving Doolittle Raider, 102 years young, stopped by Hurlburt Field while passing through town. Lt Col Cole was General Jimmy Doolittle’s co-pilot in the lead B-25 during America’s first strike against the Japanese mainland. It was the first combat mission for every crew member on all 16 aircraft — a pretty memorable first mission! By the way, they trained for the mission right next door at Eglin. The day was capped off by a great dinner hosted by our awesome community partners at the Bob Hope Enlisted Village, where Lt Col Cole shared some memories of his relationship with the late General Doolittle and flying missions as an Air Commando in the China-Burma-India theater. Thank you Lt Col Cole for your service and your time with us!
Herculean achievement for the U-28A crews and Air Commandos from the 1st SOW and 27th SOW — this weekend they’ll be celebrating half a million flight hours...500K! The U-28A provides manned tactical airborne ISR support to humanitarian operations, search and rescue and special operation missions.
I had the honor and pleasure to join Chief Wolfe and Chief Fossbender for lunch yesterday with an amazing and down-to-earth family. The son, daughter-in-law and two grandsons of Air Force legend, Air Commando and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. John Levitow spent the day visiting with the 1st SOW. I can’t think of a better base than Hurlburt Field for his grandsons’ “first-ever” visit to an AF base. Airmen across the globe know all about Sgt. Levitow and we honor his legacy by presenting the John L. Levitow Award to the top graduate in each class of every level of USAF enlisted professional military education. If you haven’t heard of Sgt. Levitow, I highly recommend doing a quick search...the story of his actions over the skies of Vietnam define heroism.
Today we remember 19 of our SOF brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice 13 years ago in Afghanistan during OPERATION Red Wings. We pause to honor the courageous, selfless efforts of these SEALs and Nightstalkers and keep the loved ones they left behind in our thoughts.
Almost dug out from moving boxes and I’ve successfully found my way to the office all three days this week - I think we’re off to a good start... The Conleys couldn’t have asked for a better welcome back to the 1st SOW...we’re honored to be part of such an amazing group of Air Commandos. The view from Hurlburt Field this evening wasn’t too bad, either!
Thanks to everyone that made our 1st SOW Change of Command such a success. I am humbled and honored to work with this amazing group of Air Commandos.
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Col Mike Conley...who will take command of America’s most lethal wing tomorrow morning at 0900! He and his wife, Ms. Melissa, are true friends and great Americans. Jeryn and I thank you for the privilege of serving alongside the finest Airmen and families on the planet! Regardless of where our Air Force journey takes us, just know that there is absolutely nothing we wouldn’t do for you!🇺🇸 AMERICA
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With the help of #Airmen all across the #AirForce, @TeamTyndall's munitions flight have assessed their munitions fa… https://t.co/R46vj2thnD
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.@NASA Researchers came to the @AFResearchLab with a simple question. How does an electrical arc behave in a vacuum… https://t.co/GwJzzRgy8X
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.@USArmy commends two #JTACs for their exceptional support in a no-notice joint mission. @BagramAirfieldhttps://t.co/awesogZyIR
Our thoughts are with the Airmen and their families who are affected by this loss. https://t.co/MCclu2wPZz
A sea of green, tan, cameo and shades of gray flooded @EielsonAirForce for the ultimate meeting of the minds during… https://t.co/Nlsz6JsHKv
.@NellisAFB Airfield management #Airmen attention to detail and sense of urgency keep Nellis flying.… https://t.co/MbD5EnHjV7
The initial assessment of #HurricaneMichael's aftermath was bleak, but more than a month later, the outlook has tak… https://t.co/cZBfWX8Yca
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U.S. military volunteers donated desks & school supplies to a Nigerian school. @USArmy #USAF #Airmen @HQUSAFEPAhttps://t.co/QScOTGS9UP

1st SOW Command Chief