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1st SOMXS Airmen maintain aerospace ground equipment
Air Commandos assigned to the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron inspect and maintain aerospace ground equipment at Hurlburt Field. AGE specialists play a vital role in ensuring Team Hurlburt’s aircraft are ready for flight by maintaining and repairing equipment that supplies electricity, hydraulic and air pressure to aircraft.
Exercise SENTRY REX: More robust than ever
Joint-service exercise, SENTRY REX 20-3, was back for its third iteration August 23-28, and was more robust than ever.The exercise, hosted by the 552nd Air Control Wing, specialized on Combat Search and Rescue mission integration.Units and assets involved in the exercise included E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft from Tinker
Air Commandos conduct parachuting, water survival training
Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron conduct parachuting and water survival training at Hurlburt Field, Florida. SERE specialists are experts on surviving in the most remote and hostile environments around the globe, training 1st Special Operations Wing and Air Force Special Operations Command aircrew members and high-risk-of isolation personnel to prepare for any situation, any time, any place.
SERE specialists connect with Ospreys, conduct rescue hoist operations
Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron conduct rescue hoist operations near Hurlburt Field, Florida. SERE specialists are experts on how to survive in the most remote and hostile environments around the globe, training 1st Special Operations Wing and Air Force Special Operations Command aircrew members and high-risk-of isolation personnel to prepare for any situation, any time, any place.
Hurlburt Field conducts anti-terrorism/force protection exercise
Members of the 1st Special Operations Wing conducted an exercise that simulated a terrorist attack on base to provide inspection teams the opportunity to assess how the base would respond in a real-world attack. Participants were permitted to take off their masks during designated portions of the exercise out of safety concerns that surpassed the concern of transmitting coronavirus disease 2019.
AFSOC activates first FLANG CV-22 squadron
The 294th Special Operations Squadron is activated during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 249th SOS is the first Florida Air National Guard squadron home to CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
1 SOMXS maintains AFSOC’s legacy C-130 engines
Aerospace propulsion craftsmen with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, conduct an engine run in the 1st SOMXS engine test cell at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 1st SOMXS engine test cell is AFSOC’s only active-duty component for servicing legacy C-130 aircraft engines and propellers.
901st SOAMXS keeps Talons ready
Crew chiefs with the 15th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are trained to diagnose malfunctions on the MC-130H Combat Talon II during pre-flight and post-flight inspections, repair and refuel the aircraft, keep detailed records, marshal aircraft and ensure the aircraft are mission ready at all times. Combat Talon IIs provide infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory.
NDI Airmen investigate for the unseen
Nondestructive inspection specialists ensure aircraft safety by using magnetic particles, fluorescent penetrants, and eddy currents to detect cracks in aircraft parts invisible to the naked eye. Fluorescent penetrants reveal cracks in aircraft parts that become visible under a black light, allowing 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Air Commandos to spot and repair defects, enabling 1st Special Operations Wing aviators to train and be combat-ready any time, any place.
1 SOLRS Airmen keep it cool, enable 1 SOW aviation
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron collect samples of liquid oxygen and test the odor of each to ensure all oxygen delivered to 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft is safe for aircrew members. Liquid oxygen is stored at minus 297 degrees Fahrenheit in a 2,000 gallon tank, which is then transported to smaller carts and ultimately to 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft, enabling aircrew members to train for global operations.