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23rd STS takes to the sky and water for RAMB training
The 23rd STS is tasked with executing global access, personnel recovery, and precision strike missions. The squadron is unique in that its location in Florida lends itself to having water-rescue capabilities for any recovery involving military personnel. Air Force Special Tactics is considered the primary personnel recovery force for all of U.S. Special Operations Command. The ability to recover personnel, especially over water, requires complex training to develop confidence and competence for mission success. The 23rd STS sharpened this necessary skill set through over-the-water personnel recovery training, conducted here, Aug. 20-21.
1 SOW leadership attends FieldWerx military open
The 1st Special Operations Wing Project 1 Innovation Cell held the FieldWerx military open event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Aug. 24. The event showcased the FieldWerx Makerspace, provided through a partnership between the 1st SOW and the Hsu Educational Foundation to the base and local community leaders. “The ultimate goal of our FieldWerx space is to bring a culture of innovation to our Airmen and the local community,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jocelyn Schermerhorn, commander of the 1st SOW. “This will provide a space for (school-age) students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while providing our Airmen the space that they need to create novel solutions to problems that they face while executing our mission.”
1st SOAMXS welcomes new commander
U.S. Air Force Maj. Theresa Izell took command of the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 19, 2020. The mission of the 1st SOAMXS is to generate combat capability in the form of safe and reliable special mission aircraft such as the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship.
SERE specialists instruct CST, ensuring Air Commandos remain deployable any time, anyplace
A survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron prepares combat survival training students at Eglin Range, Florida, Aug. 13, 2020. Combat survival training ensures personnel maintain critical skills gained at formal SERE training courses, while in a simulated combat environment. CST provides personnel with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in survival and recovery tactics, techniques and procedures, under field conditions, utilizing hands-on experiential training.
AFSOC Airman first in command to gain Sikh religious accommodation waiver
On June 7, 2020, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dominic Varriale, a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, became the first member of Air Force Special Operations Command to gain a religious accommodations waiver. He accomplished this by way of the SAVA, who helped guide him through the process from start to finish.
1st SOSFS establishes family room amidst COVID-19
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron created a family room for their personnel amidst Coronavirus Disease 2019. The room gives members a safe, clean, and quiet place to tend to their children’s needs.
First Munitions Squadron in AFSOC History
Formerly with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, the munitions flight distinguished themselves as a new squadron in the 1st Special Operations Wing. The 1st Special Operations Munitions Squadron activated July 8, 2020, and is the first munitions squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command history.
4th SOS, AMU make history with AC-130U
An AC-130U Spooky gunship named ‘Big Daddy’ made history by being the first Spooky to ever receive a black letter initial on its status page before a flight, June 18, 2020. This was a momentous accomplishment for Air Commandos in the 4th Special Operations Squadron and the 4th AMU.
Air Commandos persevere during aircraft hangar emergency
"Get everybody out!” Through complete chaos, those three words instantly popped into the head of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Barron, a production superintendent with the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, when the fire suppression system activated in the hangar he was supervising, unleashing high expansion foam in every direction.
505th Communications Squadron holds modified change of command ceremony
On Friday, June 12th, due to COVID-19 precautions, the 505th Communications Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, released a prerecorded change of command ceremony. The outgoing commander, Major Gilberto Perez, relinquished command to Lieutenant Colonel Veronica Williams. The ceremony was presided over by Colonel Shayne Yorton, commander of the 505th Combat Training Group, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.