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Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, left, and Col. Buck Elton, 1st Special Operations Group commander, tour the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 27 during Operation Unified Response. U.S. Department of Defense assets have been deployed to assist in the relief effort in Haiti in the wake of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred Jan. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock/Released) Center of the storm: A commander's perspective during Haiti relief
While it's been nearly three months since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, the contributions of the Air Commandos there during the relief effort are still making an impact. Although much of the Air Force Special Operations Command's wartime mission is usually applied to defeat an enemy, it's perhaps both ironic and fitting that its
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2010
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- An AC-130U gunship from the 4th Special Operations Squadron, jettisons flares over an area near Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 20. The flares are a countermeasure for heat seeking missiles that may be launched at the aircraft during real world missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Julianne Showalter) Maintaining deadliest cargo plane in Air Force
Few aircraft in the Air Force inventory truly embody the Air Force Air Power motto as the AC-130U "Spooky" gunship.Approaching this aircraft from the right side belies its lethality; it appears as nothing more than another C-130 cargo transport aircraft. However, on the opposite side of the aircraft sit three cannons capable of raining 25 mm, 40mm,
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2010
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Benjamin Davis Drive in Clovis is named after Air Force General Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who led the Tuskegee Airmen during
World War II. (Air Force photo by Greg Allen) Soldier father, Airman son change American military with selfless service
Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, and where it makes a hard curve, is a street sign that seems confusing. It appears to intersect with itself. What is not confusing, however, is the fact that the street is named after two large men who helped change conditions for African-Americans in the American military and perceptions by the
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2010
Col. Bill Porter, 96th Air Base Wing vice commander, shakes the hand of Amante Gice, Walton County Tivoli Cubs basketball team, during the Special Olympics Florida 2010 Northwest State Basketball Tournament at Hurlburt Field Feb. 6. More than 250 athletes from 10 counties in northwestern Florida participated in this year's games. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Loken) Volunteers make Special Olympics an "exhilirating experience"
The triumph over adversity, the excitement of competition and the chance to cheer for others are some of the reasons the athletes, coaches and spectators come to the Special Olympics each year. But for those who volunteered their time and efforts to make the tournament possible, they were just happy to be a part of a good cause.  Nearly 150
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2010
John Carruth, former 1st Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron deputy base civil engineer, marks the last day of his career at Hurlburt Field Jan. 30. Mr. Carruth spent a combined 13 years at Hurlburt Field and oversaw many changes to the base and technologies during that time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter) Civil Engineer Squadron bids farewell to "American patriot"
After 29 years, 7 months and 11 days of federal service, John Carruth never thought he'd spend his last day on the job soaking wet. But when his office arranged two fire trucks to spray streams at his ceremonial send-off Jan. 29, he had an idea of what would happen next. "As I approached the rainbow streams, I looked back and asked as a group, 'Is
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2010
U.S. Airmen with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron offer medical assistance to a Haitian girl at the Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 16, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/Released) Saving life and limb: critical care nurse treats patients in Haiti
The earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 forever changed the lives of countless people. For many, the devastation preceded the loss of possessions or a home. For some, it also took a limb or the life of a loved one. Perhaps no one group has been more exposed to the bare humanity of the disaster than the medics on the fore front of saving each
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2010
Chaplain (Capt.) Eusebia D. Rios blesses one of three triplets in the children's ward of the University of Miami Hospital compound adjacent to the Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport in Port au Prince, Haiti, Jan. 29, 2010. The babies were born in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which devastated the capital city Jan.12, 2010. Chaplain Rios, deployed from the 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. serves as the only chaplain to more than 1,500 military men and women encamped at the airport as part of Operation Unified Response. Known as the "Happy Chappy," Chaplain Rios ranges the airport day and night ministering to the needs of military and civilian alike, lifting their spirits and raising morale with each "Amen" she offers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster)              Operation Unified Response Chaplain's perspective: 'God pushed me'
Editors note: This is part one in a series of four commentaries .The noise is constant. C-130s, C-17s, DC-10s, Cessnas, Lears and other engines running through the day and night. The vibrations from planes taking off on the flight line conceal the rumbling of the earth beneath every step we take. Each face, weary and red, has a determined look.
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2010
Senior Airman Joshua Lucas (left), and Tech. Sgt. Mark Schroeder (right), both combat aviation advisors with the 19th Special Operations Squadron, go in for another round of rice and water beetles at the request of their guests during the Raven Claw field exercise at the Eglin range Nov. 4. The Airmen were trained in regional skills in preparation for the exercise during the Combat Aviation Advisor Mission Qualification Course. (Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joe McFadden.) Airmen test counterinsurgency skills during Raven Claw
"Having Hurlburt Field on a set of orders does not make you an Air Commando; you have to earn it." Those words are inscribed on a plaque above the doorway leading to the Combat Aviation Advisor Mission Qualification Course, where Airmen are trained in counterinsurgency doctrine and regional skills. After seven weeks of training, 18 Airmen passed
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2009
U. S. Air Force Lt. Col David Luther, 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, treats simulated patient Airman 1st Class Nichole Dunnam, 1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron,  for various wounds during a casualty evacuation training mission, Oct. 27, 2009, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Julianne Showalter/Released) Volunteers take flight in casualty evacuation exercise
As he heard the C-130 circle around the flightline before landing, Airman 1st Class Oliver Howe, 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron, started grinning. "That's when I knew this exercise was for real, and I knew this would be fun," he said.Airman Howe was among the dozen Airmen who posed as casualties for medical students while flying in
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2009
Hurricane section graphic It's always sunny on the weather side
Editor's note: This article is the third in a series to help prepare Team Hurlburt for the operational readiness inspection in February 2010. The goal of the series is to educate and inform the base populace of the roles and responsibilities of some of the hard-working support elements that make up a base whether deployed or at home station. The
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