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Capt. Abby Ruscetta, 16th Aircraft Maintenace Squadron, nears the finish line of the IronMan Triathalon Championship Oct. 15 in Kona, HI. Capt Ruscetta was one of two Hurlburt Airmen who participated in the event. Just another day of exercise – or was it?
Imagine swimming in the ocean for two miles then hopping on a bike for a quick 112- mile race and finishing with a 26-mile run. And, completing all these events in less than 12 hours.Impossible? Not for two Hurlburt Field Airmen.Abby Ruscetta, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and Spencer Cocanour, 720th Operations Support Squadron, were two of
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2005
Default Air Force Logo Bone marrow registry finds matches for those in need
Approximately 500 children and adults affiliated with the Department of Defense are diagnosed each year with leukemia or other fatal blood diseases. A bone marrow transplant is likely their only hope. This happens to be the case with Kadin, 3, who’s family is stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. When he was 5 months old, he was diagnosed with
0 11/17
2005
Default Air Force Logo Special ops reservist helping rebuild Iraqi air force
During a deployment to Iraq, Brig. Gen. Frank Padilla led a team of Air Force and coalition partner experts to plan for and help to rebuild a more robust and effective Iraqi air force. The group’s mission is to help the Iraqis establish the very best air force possible with the resources they have available, said General Padilla, mobilization
0 11/08
2005
DJIBOUTI, Africa (AFPN) -- Airmen from the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare an HC-130 for a Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa mission. The New York Air National Guardsmen are from the 102nd Rescue Squadron, the oldest ANG unit. While deployed to Djibouti, Africa, the unit performed pararescue drops, air refueling for Marine CH-53s and stayed on alert, ready to recover any downed servicemembers. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Shannon Collins) HC-130 team trains to save lives during Africa mission
With ears pricked, they listen for the slightest sign of an alert. This Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa team knows it gets the call, it is a life-or-death situation. Approximately 65 aircrew and maintainers from the New York Air National Guard’s 102nd Rescue Squadron are deployed here with the 449th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron where they
0 11/08
2005
Senior Airmen Christopher Freeman and Robert Gutierrez, 321st Special Tactics Squadron, pararescueman and combat controller respectively practice alternate extraction tactics dangling from the MH-53M Pave Low IV's hoist and cable during the 352nd Special Operation Group's Operational Readiness Inspection held at RAF Machrihanish in Scotland as Tech. Sgt. Jason Lydon, 321st STS, pararescue team leader ensures the two-man team operate safely. The device used to hoist two men quickly out of harms way was developed by airmen serving during the Vietnam conflict.    352nd SOG closes out ORI deployment at RAF Machrihanish
Members of the 352nd Special Operations Group with augmentation from the 100th Air Refueling Wing deployed to RAF Machrihanish, Scotland, to prove their professional mettle under the critical gaze of the Air Force Special Operations Inspector General’s team from Oct. 15 to 29. More than 500 special operators and expeditionary combat support airmen,
0 11/03
2005
NEW ORLEANS -- A young Hurricane Katrina survivor hugs her rescuer, Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney, after she was relocated to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, La., on Sept. 7.  Sergeant Maroney is a pararescueman from the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce) ‘Guardian Angels’ swoop down from above to save lives
To Hurricane Katrina victims pararescuemen were angels. To injured Airmen they’re saviors. Known as “PJs,” these Airmen are part of an elite team specially trained in combat recovery and rescue. For 16 PJs with the 58th Rescue Squadron here, the military training they have paid off when they plucked civilians and pets off rooftops after Hurricane
0 11/03
2005
MOUNT ELBRUS, Russia -- First Lt. Mark Uberuaga (left) and Capt. Rob Marshall proudly display the American flag after reaching the summit of Mount Elbrus.  Lieutenant Uberuaga is assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, and Captain Marshall is assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron.  Both are from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.  (U.S. Air Force photo) Only sky proves limit for ‘mountain men’
For some people, reaching the top is enough. For two 352nd Special Operations Group pilots here, reaching the top of the world was not enough. Capt. Rob Marshall of the 67th Special Operations Squadron, and 1st Lt. Mark Uberuaga of the 21st Special Operations Squadron, recently returned from climbing to the summit of Mount Elbrus -- 18,510 feet of
0 11/03
2005
BANGKOK, Thailand -- An Airman here teams up with a Thai volunteer Jan. 1 to organize bottles of drinking water at the international airport.  He and 100 others from the 353rd Special Operations Group are flying supplies to the tsunami-hit areas of southern Thailand.  The 353rd SOG is assigned to Kadena Air Base, Japan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Michael Farris) Air Force Special Operations unit wraps up Asian aid mission
Kadena Air Base’s 353rd Special Operations Group is going home. Almost a month after a monster earthquake and killer waves claimed untold thousands of lives, the Air Commando’s work here is complete. The Combat Shadows and Combat Talons have flown nearly one million pounds of cargo and more than 600 disaster relief workers into ground zero, the
0 10/26
2005
Default Air Force Logo A $500,000 weekend
In the cool of the morning of April 22, 2005 Airmen surrounded the prayer tower, heads bowed, as eight names were read. Eight names. Eight heroes. The eight men of Operation Eagle Claw. It was a secret mission aimed at rescuing the 53 Americans being held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran when the mission was aborted at the last minute due to
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2005
Default Air Force Logo Airmen come to the rescue
Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group here jumped to action Oct. 17 saving 17 people who became stranded while hiking in a remote area of Mexico. Adverse weather trapped an American hiker and 16 Mexican rescue workers on a mountainside 60 miles southeast of San Diego on the Baja peninsula, as they attempted to retrieve the remains of another American
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2005
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