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The 1 SOMDG ‘Jack of all trades’: physicians assistants kickoff PA Week
The 1st Special Operations Medical Group kicked off physician assistant’s week here on Oct. 6, with a breakfast gathering, starting a week-long appreciation for the medical Air Commandos that can often be seen as the jack of all trades in the facility. PA Week is meant to highlight the versatile and essential job that PAs do as crucial members of a medical staff team.
1st SOMDSS opens ScriptCenter
The 1st Special Operations Medical Group and 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron opened use of the brand new ScriptCenter, located in the base exchange on Sept. 4, 2020 “It’s what we call, in the pharmacy world, an external will-call system,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Braud, chief of pharmacy operations with the 1st SOMDSS. “That’s just a fancy way to say a medication pick-up cabinet, but it’s external to the pharmacy so you’re not having to wait to pick up your prescription.”
Air Commandos conduct parachuting, water survival training
Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron conduct parachuting and water survival training at Hurlburt Field, Florida. SERE specialists are experts on surviving in the most remote and hostile environments around the globe, training 1st Special Operations Wing and Air Force Special Operations Command aircrew members and high-risk-of isolation personnel to prepare for any situation, any time, any place.
Hurlburt Field conducts anti-terrorism/force protection exercise
Members of the 1st Special Operations Wing conducted an exercise that simulated a terrorist attack on base to provide inspection teams the opportunity to assess how the base would respond in a real-world attack. Participants were permitted to take off their masks during designated portions of the exercise out of safety concerns that surpassed the concern of transmitting coronavirus disease 2019.
901st SOAMXS keeps Talons ready
Crew chiefs with the 15th Aircraft Maintenance Unit are trained to diagnose malfunctions on the MC-130H Combat Talon II during pre-flight and post-flight inspections, repair and refuel the aircraft, keep detailed records, marshal aircraft and ensure the aircraft are mission ready at all times. Combat Talon IIs provide infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory.
NDI Airmen investigate for the unseen
Nondestructive inspection specialists ensure aircraft safety by using magnetic particles, fluorescent penetrants, and eddy currents to detect cracks in aircraft parts invisible to the naked eye. Fluorescent penetrants reveal cracks in aircraft parts that become visible under a black light, allowing 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Air Commandos to spot and repair defects, enabling 1st Special Operations Wing aviators to train and be combat-ready any time, any place.
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.
4th SOS aircrew fire for readiness
Air Commandos with the 4th Special Operations Squadron conducted a live-fire training mission in an AC-130U Spooky gunship at the Eglin Range, Fla., April 17. The AC-130U gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and armed reconnaissance. The AC-130U is equipped with a 25mm Gatling gun, 40mm and 105mm canons, and can take
SERE conducts water survival training
Aircrew members participated in water survival training at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 14, 2017. Water survival training is required for aircrew tri-annually to maintain proficiency on skill sets such as canopy disentanglement, parachute drop and drag, and life raft boarding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)
EOD Air Commandos conduct tool training
Explosive ordinance disposal specialists with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron conduct EOD tool training at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Mar. 6, 2017. EOD specialists conduct tool training to remain familiar with equipment and ensure readiness to execute operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)