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  • A Salute to Fallen Heros

    1st Special Operations WingAirman 2nd Class Billy R. Henson Airman 1st Class Robert L. Westfall Airman 1st Class Jeff N. Cecil Airman 1st Class William T. Hansely, Jr. Airman 1st Class Charles A. Volack, Jr. Senior Airman Derek C. Hughes Sergeant Barry M. Clark Sergeant Damon J. Kanuha Sergeant Philip A. Kesler Staff Sgt Edgardo L. Acha Staff Sgt
  • Tilt-wing aircraft traces beginnings to 1954

    While the CV-22 platform may seem to some like a fairly recent flying concept, the idea of a rotor driven aircraft that could vector its thrust surfaced as far back as the 1950s. In 1951, Bell Helicopter began the XV-3 development under a joint Army-Air Force program. This design resembled more of a helicopter and was small in size. The XV-3 first
  • Blue evolution – tracing U.S. Air Force history

    The Air Force's humble beginnings can be traced back to the time of the Civil War, with the use of hot air balloons for artillery spotting. On Aug. 1, 1907, the US Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all related subjects. The Signal Corps began
  • 1st SOW assets played major role in operations Desert Storm, Desert Shield

    This is the fifth in a series of Air Commando history articles leading up to the reactivation of the 1st Special Operations Wing here Nov. 16) President George H.W. Bush ordered ground, sea and air forces to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf as part of a multi-national operation named Desert Shield on Aug. 6, 1990. Even with more than 500,000
  • The history of the 1st Special Operations Wing revisited

    The 1st Special Operations Wing (SOW) has a rich and honored history that began in Burma and continues at Hurlburt Field. The 1st SOW can trace its lineage back to "Project 9" which evolved into the 1st Air Commando Group during World War II. During the Quebec Trident Conference of August 1943, it was decided to coordinate the land and air forces
  • Air Commando Medal of Honor recipients

    Maj. Bernard Fisher 1st Air Commando Squadron Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On that date, the special forces camp at A Shau was under attack by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars. Hostile troops had positioned themselves between the airstrip and the camp. Other
  • 20th SOS faces present, future challenges

    With the stature and capabilities of the MH-53 PAVE LOW - the Air Force's most powerful and technologically advanced helicopter - sometimes it's easy to forget the people behind the machines. The nature of the Global War on Terrorism demands on-site special operations forces, and consequently, the Airmen of Hurlburt Field's 20th Special Operations
  • TACP training

    Often seen running on Hurlburt Field roads with ruck sacks, M-16s and bright orange helmets are the tactical air control party students from Detachment 3, 342nd Training Squadron. When U.S. troops are in combat, the close air support could be called in by a Tactical Air Control Party that trained at Hurlburt Field. Putting bombs on target is their
  • HVAC keeps their cool when things get hot

    What do you do when it is 92 degrees outside and the air conditioning stops working? It's time to call the 16th Civil Engineer Squadron's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Unit. The HVAC/R section provides facility heating and cooling for base personnel and equipment. They are also responsible, when deployed, for the AC
  • Hurlburt Field firefighters do it all

    Thanks to television and the movies, people think firefighters sit around playing cards or watching television when they're not out fighting fires - just kicking back waiting for the bell to sound, propelling them into action. That's not the case at the Hurlburt Field fire stations. Graduating from the 16-week Department of Defense's Lewis F.
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