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AFSOC leadership remember fallen Airmen with Honor Trees
Leadership with Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing and 24th SOW, carried on a holiday tradition by placing red, white and blue stars to honor 365 fallen Airmen, Dec. 4, 2020.
Hurlburt Field hosts lighting ceremony, drive-through giveaway
Members of the Hublburt Field community attend the annual Hurlburt Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Dec. 4, 2020. The ceremony was held over a livestream due to COVID-19 guidelines and giveaways were done by drive through.
Air Commando overcomes hardship, earns EO of the Year
Dedication. Motivation. Hard work. Not only are these very important qualities in any walk of life, but these qualities were specifically embodied by an equal opportunity Air Commando with the 1st Special Operations Wing. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Spight, the NCO in charge of EO with the 1st SOW, received the Air Force EO of the Year award for his outstanding performance in 2019 within the EO community.
1st SOCS Air Commando awarded SOF Communicator of the Year
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brett Majesky, section chief of special mission support with the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron, earned the Special Operations Forces Communicator of the Year Award for his performance in 2020 by providing significant contributions to the special operations forces mission with his expertise in internal and tactical communications systems, satellite communications and in his ability to lead and develop junior Air Commandos.
Ospreys hone rescue capabilities, combat readiness
A CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron hone rescue capabilities and combat readiness at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Nov. 16, 2020. Aircrew members with the 8th SOS fired approximately 600 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition and conducted simulated rescue hoists, honing aircrew proficiency to conduct global special operations any time, any place.
1st SOMXS repair aircraft components, enable 1st SOW mission
The 1st Special Operations Maintenance supports the Air Force Special Operations Command mission by providing maintenance to all 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft, ensuring the mission is accomplished any time, any place.
Hurlburt Field's EOD, DAGRE conduct full training exercise
More than 20 explosive ordnance disposal and deployed aircraft ground response element Airmen conducted a three-day FTX at Hurlburt Field, Florida, simulating realistic deployed operations to ensure Air Commandos are ready any time, any place. EOD Airmen trained on realistic scenarios to include locating and disarming IEDs, clearing buildings and search and rescue operations.
1st SOSS Air Commandos awarded for excellence, heroism
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presents the Airman’s Medal to Staff Sgt. Christian Magliocca, an MC-13H Combat Talon II loadmaster with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, Nov. 13, 2020, at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Magliocca received the medal for his heroism involving voluntary risk of his own life in August 2017 when he rescued a local resident caught in a rip current. Slife also presented the Sergeant Dee Campbell Large Team of the Year Award to Master Sgt. CJ Miller, the host aviation resource management team superintendent with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron. The 1st SOSS HARM team received the award for excellence in resource management through the rewriting of multiple Air Force Manuals and the support of numerous deployments of more than 1300 aircrew members.
AC-130J crew maintain proficiency, combat readiness
An AC-130J Ghostrider gunship crew with the 73rd Special Operations Squadron participates in a live-fire training mission over Eglin Range, Florida, Nov. 9, 2020. The 73rd SOS provided close air support to U.S. Army Rangers by firing 60 bursts of 105mm high-explosive rounds and 300 rounds of 30mm ammunition, ensuring Air Force Special Operations Command’s tip of the spear capability and presence. The AC-130J gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The gunship can provide ground forces an expeditionary, direct-fire platform that delivers precision strike munitions to the battlefield.
Hurlburt Field supports Agile Flag 21 with FARP operations
The deafening roar of jet engines fill the air as Airmen work diligently to refuel the jet. Airmen hustling, all actively working together to get the F-15E Strike Eagles refueled, rearmed and back into the air. Airmen with the 366th Fighter Wing from Mountain Home Air Force Base, worked in cooperation with Airmen from the Emerald Coast during Agile Flag 21-1, an exercise designed to improve real life response time and preparation for a forward arming and refueling point.