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  • Old fire department still useful for joint-county training

    When the old Hurlburt Field fire department closed last summer, many expected the building would no longer serve a purpose before being demolished. The abandoned station, constructed in 1954, had been through decades of wear and had endured many storms along the base flightline.But when retired Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Remedies, assistant fire chief
  • Airmen reflect on first hours of Haiti relief mission

    As many people around the world watched the aftermath of the earthquake that ravaged Haiti Jan. 12, they also saw the compassion and character of the military responders who brought humanitarian aid. Some of the first service members to land on the island were Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Wing, whose motto of "Any time, any place,"
  • Base generosity on display during Angel Tree program

    For many children, the holiday season is a time marked by days off from school, visits with Santa Claus and, perhaps most importantly, the presents that await them under the tree. However, there are circumstances where some children may not be able to receive what they most want on their wish lists. And with this being the Year of the Air Force
  • Airmen compete in culinary challenge to become top chef

    As staff members loudly shouted the amount of time remaining, Airman 1st Class Nadia Amaya, a food service specialist with the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, laughed to herself over each announcement of the nearing deadline."The time constraints are surprising, since we're used to doing this every day with much more food," she said.
  • Airmen test counterinsurgency skills during Raven Claw

    "Having Hurlburt Field on a set of orders does not make you an Air Commando; you have to earn it." Those words are inscribed on a plaque above the doorway leading to the Combat Aviation Advisor Mission Qualification Course, where Airmen are trained in counterinsurgency doctrine and regional skills. After seven weeks of training, 18 Airmen passed
  • Volunteers take flight in casualty evacuation exercise

    As he heard the C-130 circle around the flightline before landing, Airman 1st Class Oliver Howe, 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, started grinning. "That's when I knew this exercise was for real, and I knew this would be fun," he said.Airman Howe was among the dozen Airmen who posed as casualties for medical students while flying in
  • It's always sunny on the weather side

    Editor's note: This article is the third in a series to help prepare Team Hurlburt for the operational readiness inspection in February 2010. The goal of the series is to educate and inform the base populace of the roles and responsibilities of some of the hard-working support elements that make up a base whether deployed or at home station. The
  • Air Force major uses unique abilities to serve local villagers

    Maj. John Loftis has a Pashto name -- Esan. People are always asking him what it means. Deployed to Forward Operating Base Smart - a small military compound located in the heart of the Southern Afghan city of Qalat - the Air Force public information officer leaves quite an impression with the Afghan community he lives and works in, even if that
  • Laying down the law in theater: Deployed lawyers carry heavy plate

    Editor's note: This article is the second in a series to help prepare Team Hurlburt for the operational readiness inspection in February 2010. The goal of the series is to educate and inform the base populace of the roles and responsibilities of some of the hard-working support elements that make up a base whether deployed or at home station.
  • 6th SOS aircrew grants very special wish

    The little boy sat with his knees tucked to his chest, not knowing why he was out in the heat. All he was told was there was a surprise coming just for him. He sat and waited patiently, trying to imagine what the surprise could be. Soon after, he heard the loud chop-chop-chop of a rotor blade and, moments later, he saw a UH-1 Huey directly in front
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