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1st SOCPTS Airman proud of Hispanic Heritage
Daisy Aguilar felt a calling to join the Air Force since she saw uniforms, crisp drill movements and ceremonial rifles of Junior ROTC members when she was 14 years old. Aguilar joined MacArthur Senior High School’s Junior ROTC program in Houston, Texas, getting a taste of the military’s camaraderie and high fitness standards.
1st SOW Spark Cell hosts Game Changers event
1st Special Operations Wing personnel, Hsu Educational Foundation personnel, and attendees attend the 1st Special Operations Wing Spark Cell’s Game Changers event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Sept. 26, 2020. Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron volunteered their time and expertise to show school-age children different technological aspects.
Hurlburt focuses on families through nursing rooms
Units across Hurlburt Field welcomed the application of the U.S. Air Force Guidance Memorandum implemented August 14, 2020, establishing the requirement of lactation rooms for nursing mothers. This new memorandum requires units to provide a safe, quiet space for new mothers to take lactation breaks and a space to store milk. The memorandum instructions detail the responsibilities and procedural steps to enable commanders to align the needs of nursing mothers with mission requirements. Approximately 14 units on Hurlburt have already designated spaces for family rooms to support Air Commandos and their families with plans to establish more soon.
Hurlburt Field 9/11 ceremony
A 9/11 memorial ceremony was held at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 11, 2020. The ceremony was especially dedicated to the hundreds of first responders who died on 9/11 while saving the lives of others.
1st SOMXS Airmen maintain aerospace ground equipment
Air Commandos assigned to the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron inspect and maintain aerospace ground equipment at Hurlburt Field. AGE specialists play a vital role in ensuring Team Hurlburt’s aircraft are ready for flight by maintaining and repairing equipment that supplies electricity, hydraulic and air pressure to aircraft.
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.
SERE specialists connect with Ospreys, conduct rescue hoist operations
Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists assigned to the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron conduct rescue hoist operations near Hurlburt Field, Florida. SERE specialists are experts on how to survive 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.
AFSOC activates first FLANG CV-22 squadron
The 294th Special Operations Squadron is activated during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 249th SOS is the first Florida Air National Guard squadron home to CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
1 SOMXS maintains AFSOC’s legacy C-130 engines
Aerospace propulsion craftsmen with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, conduct an engine run in the 1st SOMXS engine test cell at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 1st SOMXS engine test cell is AFSOC’s only active-duty component for servicing legacy C-130 aircraft engines and propellers.