• 720th STG under new leadership

    Col. Marc Stratton assumed command of the 720th Special Tactics Group here on Aug. 9 from Col. Ken Rodriguez. "There is no greater honor for a commander than to pass the mantle of command from one great leader to another," said Lt. Gen. Mike Wooley, Air Force Special Operations Command commander. Colonel Rodriguez was awarded the Legion of Merit
  • Blackbirds return to Hurlburt nest, await new wings

    The 8th Special Operations Squadron ran its flag the 26 miles back to Hurlburt Field Wednesday after running it to Duke Field in February 2000. The run marked the beginning of festivities celebrating the squadron's return to Hurlburt Field and the beginning of its transition from the MC-130E Combat Talon I to the CV-22 Osprey. The squadron,
  • Air Commando tab reserved for those who pass muster

    (This is part two of a four-part series on the 6th Special Operations Squadron) Becoming a member of the Air Force's only combat aviation squadron isn't as easy as requesting an assignment to the squadron. With 37 Air Force specialty codes within a 105-person squadron, they cover all four regions of the world. "Our average age (of Airman) in the
  • Self-described “punk NCO” becomes AFSOC’s enlisted leader

    His journey from self-described "punk NCO jumping out of airplanes" to leader of Air Force Special Operations Command's enlisted force is a dream come true for Chief Master Sgt. Michael Gilbert. Chief Gilbert, who came from Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing's command chief, took the reins as AFSOC's command chief master sergeant here today. The former
  • Operation Bow Wow nabs drugs at gates

    Staff Sgt. James Richey, Eglin Air Force Base 96th Security Forces Squadron, and military working dog Baddy, a three-year-old Czechoslovakian shepherd, were walking through the Hurlburt Field Visitor Control Center parking lot when Batty started pulling on his leash, leading the sergeant toward a parked car. Rounding the front quarter panel of the
  • 505th unveils new formal training unit

    The 505th Training Group cut the multi-colored ribbon signifying the "grand-opening" of its newest training facility Thursday during a ceremony attended by Air-men from around the country. Building 90020, located next to the Hurlburt Air Park on Hartson Street, is the home of air operations center training for commanders, operators and maintainers
  • Vigilance key to force protection success

    We can never let our guard down when it comes to force protection. The keys in this never-ending awareness campaign are reporting possible surveillance activity, elicitation, tests of security, suspicious persons, and deploying personnel and assets. Everyone in this wing and command has the responsibility to keep the mission on track and in doing
  • 505th CCW/16th SVS cook 16th CS 12-1

    From start to finish, the 505th Command and Control Wing/16th Services Squadron combination team dominated the intramural softball championship game against the 16th Communications Squadron here Aug. 4. The game ended in 505th CCW/16th SVS taking the title with a 12-1 win against 16th CS. "We had a solid defense," said CCW/SVS coach Matt Kealy. "We
  • Retraining program demands timeliness

    The 2007 non commissioned officer retraining program began July 26 as the Air Force seeks to fill more than 1,100 shortage career field and special-duty positions. Thirty-seven NCOs here were notified of their vulnerability to retrain and must submit their shortage career field choices or apply for a special-duty assignment identifier no later than
  • Maintenance troops receive AF honors

    A Bronze Star was awarded to an MH-53 PAVE LOW production superintendent from the 16th Helicopter Maintenance Squadron at a ceremony in the 20th Special Operation Squadron July 27. Additionally, Tech. Sgt. Mark Skerrett, 16th HMXS, was presented the Air Force Commendation medal, third oak leaf cluster with valor; and Staff Sgt. Sean Allen, 16th