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#OTD U.S. special operations forces executed Operation IVORY COAST, the Son Tay Raid in North Vietnam -- located only 23 miles west of Hanoi. Part of our rich special operations heritage, the mission took place 48 years ago during the darkness of Nov. 20-21, 1970. It was a long-planned operation to rescue approximately 75 POWs from the Son Tay prison camp. After training for months at Duke Field, 1st Special Operations Wing pilots and the ground force departed to conduct the mission late on the evening of 20 Nov. Although the mission was unsuccessful due to the prisoners being moved prior to the arrival of the assault force...as word of the attempted rescue reached POWs in Hanoi, morale soared as they realized America had not forgotten them. #Innovation and nearly half a decade has provided our force much better intelligence tools and training to guide our operations. Yet we owe so much to our predecessors upon whose shoulders we stand. #AnyTimeAnyPlace
Twelve years ago today, on Nov. 16, 2006, the Air Force re-designated the 16th Special Operations Wing as the 1st Special Operations Wing. The 1st SOW, which traces it's lineage back to the 1st Air Commando Group from WWII, was designated the 16th SOW in 1993. Fortunately, the 1st SOW retained all of the honors garnered during that 13-year period--it was a pretty eventful time! BTW...on that same day, the 1st SOW accepted our first CV-22
We have many Hurlburt Airmen unable to be with family this Thanksgiving, and several displaced families from Tyndall in our area. If you have empty seats at your dinner table this year, I encourage you to open your home and host some of these teammates for Thanksgiving. Everyone deserves the warmth and fellowship this holiday represents.
We are just one part of a large, multi-faceted, and committed team. The 1st SOW supports the team with America's finest Air Commandos. Relevancy in the joint environment doesn't just happen...our people make it happen.
To all of our Veterans, past and present...thank you!
We may fly a variety of advanced, specialized aircraft, but make no mistake ... our 24/7 mission is accomplished on the shoulders of our Air Commandos. Day or night, rain or shine, they're on call and ready to provide specialized air power for America #AnyTimeAnyPlace
Seventeen years ago today, on Nov. 2, 2001, during the early days of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, two 20th SOS crews, from the then-16th SOW at Hurlburt Field, were tasked to rescue a seriously ill Army Special Forces member in Afghanistan. Flying their MH-53 Pave Lows through extremely poor weather, one of the helicopters crashed high in the mountains. Several crewmembers sustained injuries and the aircraft was destroyed...thankfully there were no fatalities. The crew of Knife 04 received the 2001 Mackay Trophy for performing “extraordinary acts of valor and heroism” during the combat rescue of their wingman in 10,000’ terrain, darkness, sub-zero temperatures and white-out conditions. Read the entire story at the link below, starting on page 39.
The 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron received an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award last Friday for their surge efforts over a 9-day period this fall...doubling their normal capacity when severe weather events impacted the operations of our joint partners. Just an example of Quiet Professionals doing what they need to do to execute the mission. There is a way...we find it.
Ten years ago yesterday, the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group earned the highest maintenance award within the Department of Defense ... the coveted Phoenix Award. Ten years later, the group continues to turn wrenches around the clock, around the world ... ensuring the readiness of 1st SOW aircraft, #AnyTimeAnyPlace
What a great weekend and an awesome effort from Team Hurlburt...very memorable and glad to be part of it!
For all our families ... Hurlburt Field housing will host Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night, Wed, Oct. 31, from 6-8 p.m.
In case you haven’t heard, we have this event happening today...
PARKING / SHUTTLE Information for Friday's Medal of Honor event, 26 Oct. Parking: West ramp of the flightline. Follow signs and volunteers' directions. Shuttle: Will run between parking and event areas, beginning at 8 a.m. with a temporary pause from 10-10:45 a.m. and 12:50-1:45 p.m.
Team Hurlburt: You are cordially invited to the MSgt John A. Chapman Medal of Honor Celebration on 26 Oct at Hurlburt Field. This event provides all Air Commandos the opportunity to honor and exalt the heraldry, bravery and legacy of John Chapman. The full event schedule and list of the bands that will be performing Friday afternoon can be found attached and below. Many of us have been helping our team Tyndall neighbors during the devastation of Hurricane Michael. During the MSgt John A. Chapman Medal of Honor Celebration events on 26 Oct, there will be special seating for our Team Tyndall families in attendance and additional opportunities for your continued support and donations will be made available through our private organizations and affiliates. **Guests without a DOD identification card will need to be sponsored by an ID cardholder. ** Static aircraft displays begin at 9 a.m. The airpower demonstration takes place from 10 am-2 pm. Aircraft statics and demonstrations include the SOCOM Para-Commandos jump team; Special Tactics jumpers; A-10, F-22 & C-17 demonstration teams; aircraft from across AFSOC and bombers, fighters, transport and trainers from across the Air Force. We even have static displays from 7th SFG and other Army and Navy partners. There will be food & drinks available for purchase.
AF Enlisted Village is still accepting donations for families affected by Hurricane Michael. Items needed most listed below.
As we head into the week of our events celebrating MSgt John Chapman, let's take a moment to remember the ultimate sacrifice he made on that mountain in Afghanistan back in 2002.
I know we have several displaced Tyndall families in the local area. Please spread the word to them that our A&FRC is staying open later this evening and through the weekend to assist with grants and family assistance questions.
We’re almost a week away from our MSgt John Chapman Medal of Honor celebration at Hurlburt. Make plans to be here next Friday, 26 Oct, to honor the Air Force's first Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. The event is open DoD ID Cardholders and their guests.
For anyone in the local Hurlburt Field area looking to assist directly with the Hurricane Michael Relief Effort: The Air Force Enlisted Village needs help organizing and inventorying donations that are coming in! All you have to do is show up and they'll put you to work! The POC there is Capt. Kristoff Elfante AF Enlisted Village, 92 Sunset Lane, Shalimar, FL 32579

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How do you think space operations affect #AirCommandos and the 1st SOW? Seems like we better be ready to lead the way! "Air & space superiority...are not America's ordained rights. We cannot take it for granted. We must plan for it, equip for it, train for it and fight for it." - General David L. Goldfein, 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Our enemies don't have to dominate space, they only have to disrupt it. Yesterday's thinking will not defeat tomorrow's challenges.
Today is a day for honoring and remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Reflect on the lives they led, the families left behind and their selflessness in service to this country. This Memorial Day, who are you honoring and why? #MemorialDay #HonorTheFallen
As everyone enjoys their holiday weekend, be sure to keep an eye on the 1st SOW Commander's storm updates. Stay safe and he'll let you know when to put up the porch furniture!
Meet the Airmen who put the BOOM into our mighty gunships. Watch as Ammo troops process, assemble and transport munitions to the AC-130U Spooky and AC-130J Ghostrider gunships here to provide precise and effect fires on the battlefield. Enjoy the sights and sounds of freedom!
Ah... There's nothing like the smell of JP-8 in the morning! Infill, exfill, airdrops, and air support operations can't and won't happen without clean fuel. These #AirCommandos work tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain a clean, consistent fuel source for our airframes and vehicles.
As part of the AFSOC team we are honored of our heritage. Happy Birthday!
No way we are going to #FlyFightWin without our #AirCommando maintainers! No way in the world you can match the skill and ingenuity of these #Airmen. 24/7/365... #AnytimeAnyplace
PSA: Please excuse the noise, we are holding a base-wide exercise for the next couple of days. Thank you for your patience as we sharpen our team's skills.
Our Air Force Repair Enhancement Program is innovating new ways to save Hurlburt and the Air Force over one million dollars every year!
Thanks to all our #AirCommando first responders, but an extra shout out to our epic firefighters who went beyond the base limits to provide mutual aid to local athorities during a recent house fire: http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20180508/fire-destroys-mary-esther-mobile-home Here's a few clips showing them sweating it out while perfecting their skills!
#LawEnforcement officers are some of the bravest folks on the planet. Add in the willingness to serve our great nation as the 1% doubles the dedications. Today we culminate police week and thank all our #Defenders! #PoliceWeek was established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy to pay tribute to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.
Pre-deployment training wouldn't be complete without a day at the range to ensure our Air Commandos are combat ready, no matter the place!
On May 8, 2018, the 4th SOS said goodbye to an amazing aircraft, tail #89-0511. Some of the most noteworthy stories this aircraft holds is the "Lost Boys" crew of which Gen. Holt was the aircraft commander for 2 deployments. This crew was the first United States Air Force aircrew/aircraft to sink a maritime combat surface vessel during a war effort since WWII. All previous vessels sunk had been by the Army Air Corps. Additionally, 89-0511 was one of the gunships to participate in "hit night," the first night of attacks in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. Finally, 89-0511 set the record for the highest altitude ever flown by an AC-130U at 31,000 feet!
Happy #MothersDay to all the moms of #AirCommandos and mom Air Commandos themselves!
For this #SpotlightSunday, we wanted to share with you how Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continue to work together to try and save the endangered Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander. Increasing the numbers of this little salamander means more possibilities for our Airmen, training and for our environment. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
A huge shout out to all of our Hurlburt Field nurses and medical technicians! #NurseTechWeek AFMS - Hurlburt - 1st Special Operations Medical Group
“I like to think the sounds of Spooky are a beautiful symphony of destruction. To our aircrews being honored today … on target and fire for effect!” - Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Air Force Special Operations Command