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Staff Sgt. Amanda Khan, Air Force Special Operations Command NCO in charge of enlisted assignments, and Staff Sgt. Elaine Vandenburg, AFSOC NCO in charge of knowledge operations, buckle up for safety before driving to Hurlburt Field, May 11, 2011, Fort Walton Beach, Fla. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration, seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself in a car crash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah Martinez/RELEASED) Hurlburt to Airmen: Seat belts save lives, use them
Do you really want to be the widow, the orphaned child, the friend who didn't speak up, or the first sergeant telling a family their son or daughter is dead because they weren't buckled up?You say it and hear it again and again - but telling your spouse, parent, friend and Wingman to wear their seat belt and wearing your own seat belt could be the
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2011
Tactial Air Control Party students test their new combatives skills on each other at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 31, 2011. The TACPs adopted the new curriculum as part of the Air Force Combatives Program, initated January 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown/RELEASED) Air Force first: TACP students get combative
Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of the students of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.Tactical Air Control Party Falcon Flight 86 students survived harsh wilderness conditions, challenging classroom tests and exhausting
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Brothers in arms, not only on the battlefield
A 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron master sergeant was awakened by a phone call early on the morning of Oct. 3, 2010 with sad news about a friend and coworker. Master Sgt. Daniel Leonard sustained a life-threatening heart attack. Still battling disbelief, Master Sgt. Jener Tiongson got himself in gear and rushed to be by the family's
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2011
U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 assembles and trouble shoots radios during a progress check at the TACP school house, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 26, 2011. The TACP training school involves rigorous academic and physical training standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin O’Neil-McKeown/RELEASED)


Airmen work to make TACP grade
Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of the students of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.In the complex world of Tactical Air Control Party, nothing is simple, and at the end of training week 5, TACP candidates from Falcon Flight
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2011
U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Control Party candidates perform push-ups during their first physical training session, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 5, 2011. The TACP technical training school involves rigorous academic and physical training standards. TACPs establish and maintain command and control communications, control air traffic and naval gunfire and provide precision terminal attack guidance of U.S. and coalition close air support. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs/RELEASED)

Falcon 86 begins training
Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.They've only just started the third week of their 17-week class, but already two have washed out, and two more will likely be out before the end of the
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Combat rescue, special tactics officer bonus still available
For the second year in a row, qualified special operations officers are still eligible for a maximum of $80,000 in critical skills retention bonus money if they voluntarily extend their active-duty service commitment for up to four years."With the continued high demand for combat rescue and special tactics officers, it's great news the retention
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Lose weight, get fit, stay healthy through Weight Warriors
Every year people make New Year's resolutions to get fit and lose weight. Making the promise is easy but sticking to that goal is sometimes the hardest part, so it helps to have a plan. The Riptide Fitness Center is offering anyone with a Department of Defense identification card the opportunity to sign up for Weight Warriors, a program that offers
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2011
Dwyane Wade, a Miami HEAT player, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the Youth Center, Hurlburt Field Fla., Sept. 30, 2010. 
The classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country in November 2009. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs/RELEASED)
AFSOC leads charge against "Nature-Deficit Disorder"
It's four in the afternoon, and the children at Hurlburt Field are ready to play. Like many children, they have many options for their free time. Rather than watch others compete in sports on TV or emulate it through a virtual world, they're outside playing with friends amidst the shaded trees, wood structures and dirt pathways at the Hurlburt
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2010
Master Sgt. Jonathan Glover, 23rd Air Force first sergeant, stands on the basketball court at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Nov. 11, 2010. Sergeant Glover sang the national anthem during the Veterans Day game held between the Miami HEAT and Boston Celtics. (Courtesy photo) 23rd AF shirt's penchant for singing goes national
Master Sgt. Jonathan Glover, 23rd Air Force first sergeant, had seen many National Basketball Association games on television in his life. But never in his wildest dreams did he ever see himself standing at the center of a court for one of the most anticipated games of the year. In front of thousands of fans and a television-viewing audience of
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2010
Tech. Sgt. Chad Vaughn assists an Afghan colonel on the shooting range during training near Kabul. Sergeant Vaughn is deployed from the 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M. (Courtesy photo) Cannon Airman combat advisor near Kabul
Summers in Afghanistan can reach unbearable temperatures, but that doesn't stop the dedicated men and women supporting Operation Enduring Freedom from completing their mission. Tech. Sgt. Chad Vaughn is currently assigned to the 855th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan. Sergeant Vaughn, deployed from the 27th Special Operations Security
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2010
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