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A pilot with the 522nd Special Operations Squadron flies an MC-130J Combat Shadow II aircraft, over the skies of New Mexico, Jan. 5, 2012.  The 522nd SOS, assigned to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., flies the MC-130J which provides capabilities such as in-flight refueling, infiltration/exfiltration and aerial delivery resupply of special operations forces.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal) Made of steel
My nerves started to get the best of me when I walked onto the flightline. The winds seem to amplify when you step onto that long stretch of concrete, forcing you to stand your ground. You immediately feel out of place in your Airman Battle Uniform when you're being escorted by several seasoned pilots in flight suits. My mission was to capture the
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Default Air Force Logo AFSOC Resilience
Less than one percent of the adult population serves in the United States military, and AFSOC comprises less than one percent of the Department of Defense. Thus, as a major command we are less than one percent of less than one percent. AFSOC epitomizes the "special" in special operations as a small community of truly elite operators and supporters
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Default Air Force Logo AFSOC Critical Attributes: a renewed perspective
As an Air Commando, you've undoubtedly seen the Air Force Special Operations Command Critical Attributes posters. A few years ago following a series of on- and off-duty incidents, approximately 200 AFSOC personnel identified the qualities that distinguish an AFSOC Airman from those simply considered "average." The analysis identified the features
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Default Air Force Logo Airman's career, life enriched by enlisting
I've been in the Air Force less than three years, and I've already lost count of how many times someone has asked me why I enlisted over commissioning. "You already have a bachelor's degree," they'd say. "Don't you want to make more money?" or "Your recruiter obviously pulled a number on you!"I had my reasons and would explain them whenever asked.
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Default Air Force Logo Using Night Owl vision to see, do what’s right
As the commander of the 67th Special Operations Squadron, I'm proud to share a story of who we are and what we stand for as 'Night Owls.' A night owl's vision is outstanding at night, an obvious choice to symbolize our squadron's heritage and mascot. The 67 SOS operates the MC-130P Combat Shadow, using night vision goggles to provide long-range,
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Default Air Force Logo 'Thank you' not necessary; U.S. forces honored to help reopen Sendai
I cannot put into words the carnage left behind by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent 33-foot tsunami March 11, 2011. More than 300 miles of eastern coastline along Japan's main island of Honshu was destroyed. Some of the most graphic initial images were of Sendai Airport and its nearby cities of Natori and Sendai. As shocking as it was to
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Default Air Force Logo Why Special Operations are 'Special'
Overseas Contingency Operations and the related armed conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and throughout the world have challenged and modified our approach to SOF force structure and doctrine. However, both operators and enablers have always been vitally important for mission success. Even before designated Special Tactics missions in Afghanistan,
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Default Air Force Logo Can I Count on You…to Fix My Collar?
During our recent Wingman Day, my commander started the morning by presenting coins for excellence to our recent award winners. I noticed one of our noncommissioned officers had their fleece collar turned up in true "Elvis" fashion. Intentional? I don't think so...not in my organization. In any case, I took the opportunity to stop the individual
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Default Air Force Logo Degrees and PME - More important than ever
As a squadron operations officer of one of the most highly-deployed flying units in the Air Force, my primary job is making the unit successful at our wartime mission. For the most part, this includes providing the best trained crews to fly sorties at deployed locations in support of the joint fight. In discussions about their futures in our Air
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The first truth for Special Operations Forces centers around people: "Humans are more important than hardware." Before we employ a new weapon or a new piece of equipment, we must understand each other's needs and objectives and get to know one another.  (U.S. Air Force illustration) SOF Truths...Relationships truly matter
I mentioned in a previous article that I would discuss with our base populace about what it means to be a special operations airmen and how special operations forces truths should intertwine in our lives and our work at Cannon. I start this week's article with a quick background on the truths and then a highlight of the first truth. I will focus on
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