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Airman 1st Class Maria Perez, an aircrew flight equipment specialist with the 4th Special Operations Squadron, checks the lines of a low-profile parachute at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 25, 2017. The equipment specialists are responsible for maintaining flight equipment such as helmets, oxygen masks, harnesses and all life-saving equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Some dreams never fade: 39-year-old enlists in AF
On the morning of her son’s third birthday, a mother woke up and began her daily routine. Like other days, she started her day with a run on her treadmill. As she finished her run, she took a moment to regain her breath and watch the morning news.The news that morning showed something she had never seen before.Two aircraft were hijacked and flown
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Airman 1st Class Kyle Gonyor, left, a contracting specialist with the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, Staff Sgt. David Adriatic, a contracting specialist with the Air Force Test Center at Eglin Air Force Base, and 2nd Lt. Douglas Cornelius, a contracting officer with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Eglin AFB, research vendor quotes during an exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 31, 2017. Vendor quotes are the estimated price, delivery time and possible discounts offered by a vendor for a provided service or good. Gonyor, Adriatic and Cornelius participated in the Joint Contingency Contracting Officer Training Exercise, an exercise used to simulate a deployed environment to incresase global vigilance in every mission and every domain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain) Hurlburt conducts joint squadron exercise
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron and 1st Special Operations Comptroller Squadron teamed up with the Air Force Test Center Eglin Operational Contracting Division to conduct a contingency exercise at the permanent exercise facility here, Jan. 31-Feb. 2.
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Default Air Force Logo AFSOC: Not exempt from hiring freeze
A federal civilian hiring freeze was implemented Jan. 23 across all federal agencies, including Air Force Special Operations Command, according to a deputy secretary of defense memorandum.AFSOC employees who began work on or before Jan. 23 will not be affected and those with existing "firm" offers with effective dates on or before Feb. 22 may
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U.S. special-mission aviators assigned to the 7th Special Operations Squadron approach a CV-22 Osprey to perform pre-flight checks Jan. 30, 2017, on Zadar Air Base, Croatia. More than 50 Airmen from the 352d Special Operations Wing deployed to the site to support and conduct mission-essential proficiency training at Croatia’s Multi-national Aviation Training Center. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Chris Sullivan) Aviation training center provides unique environment
The same combination of range, speed and vertical-lift capability that makes the CV-22 Osprey an essential part of U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces in Europe can have an increased complication of putting our Airmen in unfamiliar environments, working with a diverse group of partner nation militaries.Although Airmen consistently train to
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) Check 3 GPS works on duty, off duty
In recent years, outdoor activities like swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking and canoeing have needlessly claimed Airmen's lives.From 2011 to 2015, nearly 30,000 mishaps occurred on duty in the Air Force, according to Air Force Safety.These mishaps occurred through poor risk assessment, inattention, poor decision making, overconfidence or
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Air Commando begin the Command Run at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017. The Air Force Special Operations Command staff meets monthly to run a 5K. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) HQ AFSOC staff runs 5K
Air Commandos participate in a Command Run at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 3, 2017.The Air Force Special Operations Command staff meets monthly to run a 5K together.
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CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly in formation over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) CV-22s make history
CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously.
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Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Keary Miller's, Special Tactics pararescueman, extraordinary heroism is recognized with an Air Force Cross, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. Then-Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller --against overwhelming odds and a barrage of heavy fire from Al Qaeda militants-- dashed through deep snow into the line of fire multiple times to assess and care for critically-wounded U.S. servicemembers, March 4, 2002. Miller was previously awarded the Silver Star medal for these actions, Nov. 1, 2003. The Air Force Cross is the service’s highest combat medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) 
Pararescueman awarded Air Force Cross for valor at Roberts Ridge
Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, a pararescueman’s extraordinary heroism is recognized with an Air Force Cross, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. Then-Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller --against overwhelming odds and a barrage of heavy fire from Al Qaeda militants-- dashed through deep snow into the
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Two 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Air Traffic Controllers assigned to Radar Approach Control view a display screen showing aircraft in the surrounding airspace Jan. 6, 2017, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The RAPCON team is responsible for any air craft in their airspace including non-military flights coming from nearby air traffic facilities, also known as overflights. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released) RAPCON: The guides of the sky
Cannon's Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) provides critical flight information to aircraft flying in and around the base. These air traffic control specialists ensure the safe and efficient flow of air traffic with a reach far beyond visual abilities.
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An MC-130J Commando II, from the 67th Special Operations Squadron, is prepared for de-icing during pre-flight procedures Jan. 17, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Freezing temperatures can cause ice to build up on the aircraft. De-icing procedures ensure that the aircraft’s flight controls are free-moving during take-off and inflight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho) 352nd SOAMXS adapts, executes mission
Despite the early hour, it’s hard to stay tired as frosty-morning air stings any exposed skin. The sun hasn’t risen on the flightline at RAF Mildenhall, but the 352nd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers are already preparing to launch an MC-130 J Commando II assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron.   When the
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