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Smoke billows as an 8th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey prepares for takeoff. The mission was to perform the first military freefall jump from an Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22. (US Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery) Like Phoenix rising from the ashes

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Staff Sgt. Andrew Rodriguez (left), 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, directs Rony, a military working dog, to attack an Airman who plays the role of decoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gary Stevens) Dog attack decoys provide critical training
Slightly gray, worn heavily with sweat and torn from wear is an arm-mounted bite sleeve used to protect "decoys" from canine attack injuries. Staff Sgt. Rebecca Lind, 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, is the senior canine decoy training instructor and oversees proper administering of canine decoy and attack training. She
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Don Savidge (left), 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight, performs maintenance on a rechargeable fire extinguisher, while Hans Christian, also of the Fire and Emergency Services Flight, performs an inspection on a non-rechargeable extinguisher. They suggested that the Air Force start using only non-rechargeable extinguishers because they don't require maintenance every 6 years like rechargeable ones do. They were two of four civilians to win all of Hurlburt's first quarter IDEA awards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Shepherd) Civilians score big with IDEAs, save AF money
Anyone who works on a military base knows success would be much harder to come by if it weren't for the civilians working right beside them. Four of Hurlburt's civilian employees recently reemphasized how important they are to military operations when they received all of this year's first quarter awards from the Innovative Development through
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The members from the 8th Special Operations Squadron who died in the fatal accident during Operation Eagle Claw were (from left to right) Capt. Richard Bakke, Tech. Sgt. Joel Mayo, Capt. Lyn McIntosh, Capt. Hal Lewis and Capt. Charles McMillan. (Courtesy photo) An Iranian Hostage Crisis: 1st SOW - sacrifices remembered
Recently, 15 British sailors and marines were held hostage in Iran. This scenario is familiar to many Americans, and in particular, to members of the 1st Special Operations Wing. In November 1979, Iranian "students" seized the U. S. Embassy in Tehran. The embassy personnel were then held hostage for the return of the Shah of Iran and for other
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Senior Airman Tim Stumpf, 1st Special Operations Helicopter Maintenance Squadron, works on a helicopter part in a deployed location. (Courtesy photo) 1st SOMXG celebrates great year
The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group held their annual maintenance bash April 13 in Freedom Hangar, and this year, two of their Airmen were Air Force-level award recipients. Maj. Abigail Ruscetta, 1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron, won the 2006 Gen. Lew Allen Jr., trophy, and Tech. Sgt. Matthew Poole, 1st Special
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A special tactics Airman climbs a tower during an Advanced Skills Training live-fire exercise April 12. Combat controllers, pararescuemen and special operations weathermen assigned to the special tactics squadrons must attend AST training before they can be designated as mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery) Up and over!

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The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron broke ground April 16 on a new facility for the opposition forces unit. Shown left to right are Jeffrey Morrison, OPFOR supervisor, Maj. Samuel Osborne, 1st SOSS assistant director of operations, Lt. Col. BIll West, 1st SOSS commander, Col. Mark Alsid, 1st Special Operations Group commander, and Spike Lord, Lord and Son Construction. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Shepherd) OPFOR breaks ground on new facility
The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron's Range Support Flight broke ground on a new building Monday for their Opposition Forces section after their current facility was condemned. The Opposing Force/Assault Zone Facility will be the new home to this detachment of the 1st SOSS. "The building we're currently in was built in 1952 when this was
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The 101 Critical Days of Summer begins Memorial Day weekend. Airmen need to keep safety in mind while enjoying the fun activities summer offers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jamie Haig) Enjoy summer fun but do it safely
The 101 Critical Days of Summer are just around the corner, and as the weather warms up, the summer party season gears up. Enjoy the benefits of living in this area, but do so responsibly, and take care of your wingmen. Here are a few lessons learned that will help you have a safe summer and stay out of the no-fly zone. During the summer, more
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Staff Sgt. Tanika Fonteno, 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron, gives an anthrax shot to an Airman. Air Force Special Operations Command has mandated that all Airmen traveling to either the Korean Peninsula or any location in Central Command's area of responsibility for at least 15 consecutive days must receive the anthrax shot series. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jamie Haig) Going to Korea? Deploying?

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2007
Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hudon (front left) and Master Sgt. James Vaughan, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, stand at attention while Marine Sergeant Major Stephen Balczo (front right), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204, reads the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal citations, and Marine Col. Mark Clark, VMMT 204 commanding officer, waits to pin the medals on the Airmen. The Airmen were presented the medals in a surprise ceremony April 5 in Independence Hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Shepherd) Marines honor 8th AMU Airmen
Two Airmen assigned to the 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit were surprised April 5 when Marine Col. Mark Clark, commanding officer of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Training Squadron 204, pinned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on them during an impromptu ceremony in Independence Hangar. Master Sgt. James Vaughan and Tech. Sgt. Dennis Hudon
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