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Medal resting on a certificate. Legacy of excellence; Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold retires after 44 years
Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, Principal Deputy Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, Office of the Secretary of Defense and former commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, retired from the Air Force June 28 in a ceremony here at the Soundside Club.
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Cover of oral history interview conducted by the Air Force Historical Research Center in 1979. Historical interview: Johnny Alison
Maj. Gen. Johnny Alison, 1st Air Commando Group, was interviewed in 1979 for the oral history program of the Air Force. The following text is an excerpt focusing on his entry into the military and topics relating to the orgin and early days of the Air Commandos.
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Cover of the 400-plus page formal transcript of Col. Philip Cochran's interview. Historical interview: Phil Cochran
In 1975, Philip G. Cochran participated in an oral history interview conducted by Dr. James C. Hasdorff. The excerpt below focuses on Cochran's entry into the Air Force and the organization and early employment of 'air commandos.'
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Tech. Sgt. Justin Warner, 271st Combat Communications Squadron, troubleshoots a wireless node as part of the 2017 U.S. Northern Command and National Guard Bureau-sponsored Vigilant Guard Exercise, held in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The government of the territory of the Virgin Islands, as well as active-duty and national guardsmen from across the U.S., participated in this domestic support operation, including two teams from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Mickey Shaffer/Released) Pennsylvania Air Guard unit brings comm package to Vigilant Guard
Airmen of the 193rd Special Operations Wing provided communications support during the recent Vigilant Guard exercise in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. They brought unique capabilities to the austere environment with two Joint Incident Site Communications Capability packages.
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Capt. Brett Cassidy and Maj. Taylor Fingarson, 8th Special Operations Squadron pilots, discuss in-flight operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 12, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jeff Parkinson)

CV-22 crews save lives
In the early morning hours of Dec. 21, 2013, 8th Special Operations Squadron crews departed in three CV-22 Ospreys to evacuate American citizens from the remote city of Bor, South Sudan.The mission was proceeding as planned through three countries and 790 nautical miles. The Ospreys arrived at the United Nations compound in Bor on time. After
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Maj. Nick Noreus, 8th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey pilot, applied for a one-way ticket to Mars. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. John Bainter) Hurlburt CV-22 pilot may take mission to Mars
Pilot, inventor, potential Martian, and mustache aficionado are just a few of the words to describe one Air Commando at Hurlburt Field, Fla.Maj. Nick Noreus, 8th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey pilot, is a man on a mission with high hopes of being one of the first humans on the planet Mars."I can't remember a day I didn't want to fly,"
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Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso, the eighth Air Force Special Operations Command command chief, responds to questions May 12, 2014, in his first interview as the "senior sergeant" for the command. He returned to Hurlburt Field for his new job after recent posts at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and Bagram Air Base Afghanistan, and a tour in the Republic of Korea. (Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall)
New AFSOC command chief takes special route from Brooklyn to Hurlburt
There's an air of grit and determination about the new command chief master sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command.Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Caruso took AFSOC's top enlisted seat April 25, 2014, after a nine-month assignment in Korea. Part of the Chief Caruso package delivered to the headquarters building was a past, present and future
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Johnathon Turner, 551st Special Operations Squadron Military Training Leader, conducts an Open Ranks inspection with his airmen at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Turner strives to instill within the non-prior service airmen the importance of embodying the Air Force Core Values in everything they do. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Cannon welcomes first-ever MTL
Molding and mentoring young first-term airmen is no longer a job specific to Basic Military Training, or even technical school. As of early March, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., welcomed its first-ever Military Training Leader. Since Staff Sgt. Johnathon Turner, 551st Special Operations Squadron MTL, first got to Cannon, he has been diligently
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Family support coordinators have a meeting regarding various topics on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 10, 2014. Coordinators provide resiliency education to Airmen and their families to increase quality of life and strengthen the overall readiness of the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) POTFF adds Family Support Coordinators
The Preservation of the Force and Family initiative continues to grow here. For example, Family Support Coordinators have recently been assigned to various groups and squadrons across the base. "I believe our job is what ties the POTFF initiative together," said Christina Lewis, 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group FSC. "We support the Airmen
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Senior Airman Andrew Goffeney, 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron combat arms journeyman, practices using a small unmanned aerial system simulator in a unit training room at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 4, 2014. Goffeney completed the simulator training to practice navigating the RQ-11B Raven. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Michelle Patten)

1 SOSFS patrols the skies
"Off we go into the wild blue yonder..." begins the U.S. Air Force Song, but Airmen at the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron aren't leaving all the flying up to traditional pilots. Approximately one year ago, the 1st SOSFS began a small unmanned aerial system program to operate the RQ-11B Raven. The Raven platform looks like a toy
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