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AC-130U Tow "Movie Trailer"
A retired AC-130U Spooky gunship is towed to the Hurlburt Field airpark on April 17, 2021, at Hurlburt Field, Florida. This Spooky is joining a long line of Air Force Special Operations Command and 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft displayed in the base airpark, allowing Air Commandos, family members and visitors to Hurlburt Field to see part of Air Force history.
AC-130U tow to Hurlburt Field airpark
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an AC-130U “Spooky” gunship to the airpark at Hurlburt Field, Florida, April 17, 2021. The last AC-130U flight landed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 26, 2020 for retirement.
Hurlburt Field CATM
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Thompson, a combat arms instructor with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, describes his passion for his job at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 29, 2021. 1st SOSFS CATM instructors train and qualify Air Commandos on required weapons needed for deployments, enabling special operations forces worldwide. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Blake Wiles)
Hurlburt Field Honor Guard trains for perfection
Ceremonial honor guardsmen with the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard practice different movements during training at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Mar. 26, 2021. Honor guardsmen provide funeral honors for deceased service members, perform at on and off base ceremonies and escort the national flag. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Miranda Mahoney)
1st SOSS member with superhero strength
Growing up, she imagined how her future would look. She pictured different career paths to pursue, varying styles of homes to live in and her husband’s possible characteristics, but one thing was always certain for her, she would be a mom. U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Erin Mann, a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, became a mother nearly four years ago, but it wasn’t how she had always pictured it to be.
Hurlburt Field MWD handler proves she can do it better
A sea of emotion covers her face while describing her first deployment and the moment she was struck by an epiphany that would forever change her. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Poteet, a military working dog handler with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, was on her first deployment in Baghdad and it was an interesting one, to say the least. She was one of two females attached to an Army unit. While there, her interest was sparked by an Army sergeant who worked with canines.
1st SOMXS Airmen maintain MC-130H Combat Talon IIs
The 1st SOMXS is dedicated to supporting the generation of safe, reliable, combat capable aircraft and equipment ensuring Air Force Special Operations Command can accomplish its mission “Any Time, Any Place".
1st SOCES members complete UAS training
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron attended an unmanned aircraft system flight training course at the FieldWerx Makerspace in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, April 5-9, 2021, to improve the way they conduct roof inspections. The new inspection process uses a drone, Skydio 2, to examine a roof’s condition, allowing members to determine the level of maintenance required before ever climbing onto the building.
1st SOMUNS Airman supports 1st SOW combat capability
Pieces of a missile launcher, all different shapes and sizes, are scattered on a table. For the machine to work properly, all of the parts must be assembled. The task may seem daunting to some, but for one aircraft armament systems team member, it’s like solving a puzzle. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rachael Rolling knows what she is capable of, and she wears her confidence like an accessory. She is a valued member of the 1st Special Operations Munitions Squadron.
Proud to be a Woman of Maintenance
Grease-covered combat boots conceal painted toes. Dirt smudges replace foundation. The scent of gunpowder clings to the fibers of her uniform and masks her perfume. Tech. Sgt. Ashley Trim is part of a small percentage of women in the U.S. Air Force who prove maintenance is not just for men.