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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ronald Brandtman, 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Airfield Systems supervisor, holds a piece of equipment that facilitates the testing of Air Traffic Control radios and equipment, Oct. 12, 2016 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Brandtman and members of the Airfield Systems team designed, built and implemented the part and saved the Air Force millions of dollars in the process. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz/released) Air Commando innovation saves AF millions
As evidenced by the ‘Airmen Powered by Innovation’ and ‘Making Every Dollar Count’ initiatives, when the Air Force encounters a barrier, leaders trust their Airmen to deconstruct it.Recently, this empowerment drove members of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron Airfield Systems section to pare down and recreate a $20,000 piece of equipment
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From left, MC-130J pilots Maj. Dennis Napier and Capt. Brett Agatep, and 58th Special Operations Wing Commander Col. Brenda Cartier listen as Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova welcomes them to the Belen Alexander Municipal Airport, where aircrews can train under a new joint-use agreement. Napier and Agatep are the first pilots to fly into the airport under the agreement. (Photo by Argen Duncan) 58th SOW signs agreement for crosswind runway use
Two special operations wings at Kirtland AFB will benefit from recent agreement with Belen, N.M., allowing C-130 training on the city's municipal airport. There is a crosswind runway at Belen Alexander Municipal Airport.
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Tarell Walker) Cyber Attacks: Just as harmful as bombs
Cyber attacks are the leading strategic threat to the United States, not terrorism. There are more than 1 million cyber attacks on the Air Force network on a daily basis, according to Col. Bill Bryant, deputy of the Air Force Chief Information Security Office.
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(Air Force graphic) CSAF talks AFSOC mission, resiliency
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, sat down Oct. 20 with Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs as he shared his thoughts on how AFSOC is central to the fight against violent extremism in the middle east. He also talked about how important it is to help Airmen be more resilient and have stronger families.
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Senior leaders from the 1st Special Operations Wing tour a Lockheed Martin factory in Crestview, Fla., Oct. 24, 2016. The manufacturers are modifying four MC-130J Commando II aircraft to become AC-130J Ghostrider gunships. The AC-130J was developed to provide ground forces an expeditionary, direct-fire platform that is persistent, ideally-suited for urban operations and delivers precision, low-yield munitions against ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Cradle to grave: AC-130J Ghostrider fleet growing
The full complement of AC-130J Ghostrider gunships will transition from cargo carrier into a gun-toting firing platform following modifications at a Crestview, Florida, site. Air Force Special Operations Command will boast a fleet of 37 Ghostriders by 2025.
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Staff Sgt. Kyle Simmons, an 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics system craftsman, briefs CV-22 Osprey capabilities to Marine Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy, III, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, during a static display at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 27, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) MARSOC commander gets AFSOC orientation
Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, made his first visit to Hurlburt Field and AFSOC since he took command of MARSOC July 28, 2016.
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Randolph Crosslin, 352d Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance unit superintendent, poses for a photo Oct. 26, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Crosslin is the Air Force Materiel Command’s 2016 Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Trophy, SNCO Category winner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tenley Long) European Air Commando wins Lew Allen award
Senior Master Sgt. Randolph Crosslin, 352nd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance unit superintendent, is the Air Force's 2016 Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Trophy, Senior NCO category winner.
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Second Lt. Brent Webb, graduated from combat systems officer school, Oct. 14, 2016, at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Lieutenant Webb is the first CSO from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base to graduate since the wings transition ot a special operations wing. 137th SOW graduates first special operations MC-12W combat systems officer
The 137th Special Operations Wing welcomed it's first organically-grown MC-12W combat systems officer, who graduated Oct. 14, 2016.
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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mike Christiansen, 100th Security Forces Squadron and Wounded Warrior, helps an amputee onto a MC-130J Combat Shadow during the Steel Bones event Oct. 24, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Steel Bones is a local British organization similar to the Wounded Warrior Program, specifically aimed at providing support to amputees and their families. More than 60 people visited the base to attend the event which was supported by the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron, 100th Security Forces Squadron, 100th Air Refueling Wing and 352nd Special Operations Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Karen Abeyasekere) 352nd SOW hosts Steel Bones
More than 60 people visited the base to attend a Steel Bones event which was supported by the 100th Civil Engineer Squadron, 100th Security Forces Squadron, 100th Air Refueling Wing and 352nd Special Operations Wing. Steel Bones is a local British organization similar to the Wounded Warrior Program, specifically aimed at providing support to
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U.S. Air Force combat controllers assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Republic of Korea (ROK) 255th Special Operations Squadron, pull security and establish a line of communication at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 22, 2016. Members from the 320th STS and 1st SOS worked with the ROK 255th SOS to enhance U.S. and ROK Air Force Special Operations Forces' capabilities. They conducted infiltration methods, jump clearing team operations, airfield establishment, aircraft control and close air support familiarization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee/Released) Air Commandos, South Koreans exercise interoperability
The 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a joint, combined exchange at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea from Oct. 13-26, 2016. Also known as JCET, these exercises are designed to build partnerships and interoperability among special operations forces.
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