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Default Air Force Logo AFSOC officer convicted of negligence during court-martial
An officer assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command was convicted of negligence Jan. 13 after failing to appropriately file two temporary duty travel vouchers. A panel of seven officers heard the case of Maj. Mark Beres during a five-day trial. Major Beres had originally been charged with a myriad of crimes including willful
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Default Air Force Logo Major found dead at home
A major from the 19th Special Operations Squadron died Tuesday at his residence in Navarre. Maj. Amadeo Garza, 41, was a flight commander and AC-130U Gunship fire control officer. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the mid-morning call to emergency services. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at 10:26 a.m. No further details
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Air Force Special Operations Forces Shield Air Force Special Operations Command stands up warfighting headquarters
Air Force Special Operations Command stood up a warfighting headquarters organization here Dec. 13, to provide worldwide Air Force special operations command and control support to combatant commanders. The new organization, commanded by Col. Eric Fiel, joins other WFHQs as part of the Air Force initiative to replace certain numbered air forces and
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Superstar athlete a leader off the field as well
Twyla Sears may have some awesome moves on the court, but she can’t shake the awards and recognition that have followed her. She plays basketball, volleyball, softball and any other sport that’s around – bowling, too. And for that, she was named the Pacific Air Forces Female Athlete of the Year and the Air Force Female Athlete of the Year. Her Air
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2006
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Airman 1st Class Jason Smith, 41st Helicopter Maintenance Unit, is greeted by Amy Pierce shortly after home from Balad Air Base, Iraq, Saturday. Approximately 25 Airmen from the 41st HMU and 41st Rescue Squadron arrived via a C-5 Galaxy after more than two months at Balad. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Shannon Fielder) Welcome home

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At sea aboard USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) Jan. 17, 2003 -- A U.S. Navy SEAL (SEa, Air, and Land) fast-ropes from an MH-53 RPave LowS helicopter during a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO) training exercise.  U.S. Navy SEALs are deployed throughout the world conducting missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George R. Kusner.  (RELEASED)
                           Hornets stay "Semper Paratus" for past 30 years
Jan. 1 marked the 30th anniversary of the 20th Special Operations Squadron. Thirty years ago, the 20th Special Operations Squadron activated here with only one helicopter, a shared trailer, the motto "Semper Paratus" - always prepared, and an opportunity to follow in their forefathers footsteps. The “20th” designation brought with it a prestigious
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2006
Capt. Matthew Berry, 20th Special Operations Squadron, receives his Distinguished Cross with Valor from Col. Mark Alsid, 20th SOS commander, during a ceremony Dec. 16 in Freedom Hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Heidi Davis) With valor: Seven members of PAVE country honored
   Seven members of the 20th Special Operations Squadron were decorated Dec. 16 for their heroic actions in Fallujah, Iraq.     Capt. Matthew Berry, Master Sgt. Randy Kensey, Tech. Sgt. Byron Allen, and Staff Sgts. James Bowling and Christopher Dalton were all presented with the Distinguished Flying     Cross with Valor for their efforts during a
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2006
SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- Staff Sgt. Stefan Halushka helps an Australian C-130 Hercules technician load a cargo pallet onto an Australian cargo aircraft. Sergeant Halushka is with the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron and deployed from the 919th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Scott Campbell) Wing member helps break airlift records
While most reservists assigned here were home for the holidays, one 919th Special Operations Wing aerial delivery technician was busy helping set aerial port records in Southwest Asia. Staff Sgt. Stefan Halushka, 919th Logistics Readiness Squadron, headed for the SWA desert base in October where he now works as an aerial porter for the 386th
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2005
Air Force special operations forces from the 22nd and 23rd Special Tactics Squadrons prepare to launch an inflatable boat from the deck of USS Alabama (SSBN 731) in the Pacific Ocean during a recent exercise to test special operations infiltration and rescue tactics. The joint effort also tests the capabilities of the SSGN class submarines entering service next year. The SSGN class submarines are being converted from ballistic missile submarines to guided missile submarines with new capabilities.  US Navy photo by FTCM (SS) Daniel J. Niclas

Special Tactics Airmen train on submarine
A U.S. fighter pilot has been shot down. He is injured and behind enemy lines. He has established communications and is evading the enemy. Time is a critical factor. He needs to be rescued, and he needs to be rescued now. Submerged off the coast, lies 19,000 tons of stealth in the form of an SSGN class submarine. It’s equipped with storage and
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2005
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFPN) -- Tech. Sgt. Rick Rohde (left) takes a wind velocity reading while Staff Sgt. Jody Ball (center) and Tech. Sgt. Jim Morello provide cover during a special operations weather team exercise near the base. The Airmen are with the 10th Combat Weather Squadron here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Gary Emery) 
Front-line forecasting not average day on the job
Slashing through Burmese jungles with Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate’s Chindits; hunkering down far above the DMZ in North Vietnam; infiltrating into Northern Iraq to ensure the success of a thousand-man airborne jump -- not the average day at the office for most weather forecasters. But those missions and many more have been business as usual since 1942
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