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  • AFSOC medical team saves lives, helps shape future of Afghan medicine

    Eight Airmen making up a special operations medical team are currently deployed to Afghanistan from the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The core mission of this team is to give the special operations community a surgical capability on outside the wire missions.The team has two sections. The first is the special
  • Doctor leaves private practice to become Airman

    The choice to join the military is one thousands of Americans make each year. Some join right out of high school. Others may come in years later with higher education or valuable life experience under their belts. For one Airman currently deployed to Afghanistan, the decision to join the Air Force came two years ago, when he left behind a
  • EOD: No room for error

    The job of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airman requires precision, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure. While most jobs may leave room for error, one mistake could mean the difference between life and death for an EOD Airman.The 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen are an elite
  • Outgoing USSOCOM senior enlisted adviser: Some things will never change

    Recalling the first time he operated a 30-pound radio and generator in the field, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Smith realized the most vital component of the device actually weighed the least.Before microchips and digital bytes enhanced communication into its current form, the outcome of a mission actually hinged on a military radio operator's
  • What's your GPC doing for you?

    As the end of Fiscal Year 2011 approaches, units can be seen scrambling to squeeze every penny until Abraham Lincoln weeps. Government purchase cards are burning up with last-minute purchases."With today's high ops temp and urgent requirements, GPC helps," said Christal Jackson, plans and programs flight chief for the 1st Special Operations
  • EFMP: 'It's not scary'

    A permanent change of station can be challenging for any family let alone a family with dependents who have special needs and require additional services to care for their dependents. The Exceptional Family Member Program is designed to take care of Airmen and their dependents with special needs before, during and after a permanent change of
  • 9/11 Remembered: Disaster redefined as moment of triumph

    A decade after terrorist attacks left an indelible mark on the United States of America, one Airman's reflections show how 9/11 shaped his life and career.The events of 9/11 continue to echo among the living. For Brig. Gen. Brad Webb, the anniversary stirs memories of the moment when a tranquil America morphed into one of crisis, salvation and
  • Think before you drink: DUIs and you

    Congratulations you made the list, but it's not the promotion's list.Your decision to drink and drive has earned you a spot on your commander's "shame list," and an $8,000 ride home. The consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol are serious and no Airman regardless of rank or position, are immune to them.One DUI is one too many. In the
  • Inside the mind of the 1st Special Operations Wing commander

    Col. James Slife, 1st Special Operations Wing commander, sits at the end of the wing conference room table Aug. 19 in front of a wall decorated with historical photos. He has been sitting with the local press for more than 30 minutes discussing his views on leadership and being a member of a unique community."So this guy right here I personally
  • Running safety: The road less traveled may have a reason

    It's not unusual to see several Air Commandos conduct physical training on Hurlburt Field's streets, trails and shores throughout the day. The tall trees along the woods and the breeze from the Sound may be an attractive change of scenery for some who get tired of a fixed treadmill. But just as shoes are important to running, so are other factors