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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.
1 SOLRS Airmen keep it cool, enable 1 SOW aviation
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron collect samples of liquid oxygen and test the odor of each to ensure all oxygen delivered to 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft is safe for aircrew members. Liquid oxygen is stored at minus 297 degrees Fahrenheit in a 2,000 gallon tank, which is then transported to smaller carts and ultimately to 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft, enabling aircrew members to train for global operations.
1 SOW leadership attends FieldWerx military open
The 1st Special Operations Wing Project 1 Innovation Cell held the FieldWerx military open event in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Aug. 24. The event showcased the FieldWerx Makerspace, provided through a partnership between the 1st SOW and the Hsu Educational Foundation to the base and local community leaders. “The ultimate goal of our FieldWerx space is to bring a culture of innovation to our Airmen and the local community,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Jocelyn Schermerhorn, commander of the 1st SOW. “This will provide a space for (school-age) students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while providing our Airmen the space that they need to create novel solutions to problems that they face while executing our mission.”
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.
SERE specialists instruct CST, ensuring Air Commandos remain deployable any time, anyplace
A survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron prepares combat survival training students at Eglin Range, Florida, Aug. 13, 2020. Combat survival training ensures personnel maintain critical skills gained at formal SERE training courses, while in a simulated combat environment. CST provides personnel with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in survival and recovery tactics, techniques and procedures, under field conditions, utilizing hands-on experiential training.
Air Commandos persevere during aircraft hangar emergency
"Get everybody out!” Through complete chaos, those three words instantly popped into the head of U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Barron, a production superintendent with the 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, when the fire suppression system activated in the hangar he was supervising, unleashing high expansion foam in every direction.
1st SOW welcomes first female commander
The world, today, is full of new challenges amid conforming to a “new normal” necessary to co-exist with COVID-19. Air Commandos have risen above and beyond these uncertainties and proven their adaptability and initiative to continue executing the mission – anytime, anyplace. Today, in a new take on a historic tradition, Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the change of command ceremony that was broadcasted via Facebook Live due to social distancing protocol, marking Col. Jocelyn Schermerhorn’s command of the 1st Special Operations Wing.
Fire Prevention Week: Hurlburt Field Fire Muster 2019
Firefighters with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron hosted a fire muster to raise fire safety awareness, demonstrate proper technique and boost morale at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Oct 10, 2019. The fire muster was the last event of Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-11.
Air Commando travels the world, trains special missions aviators
Growing up in Alberta, Canada, one Air Commando never dreamed she would one day be traveling the world and seeing different cultures as part of her job. Dissatisfaction with her career at the time pushed her to seek something more in the U.S. Air Force.