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Ma. John Loftis, a public information officer deployed from Hurlburt Field, Fla., interacts with local children during a recent visit in Afghanistan. Major Loftis uses his unique fluency in the local Afghan language, Pashto, to develop close connections with the local community in an effort to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. "He can go among the local population and get their impression of U.S. forces," said Mohammad Ashraf Nasari, the governor of Zabul province, Afghanistan. "He can do this better than any other soldier because he speaks their language and knows their culture." (U.S. Department of Defense photo) Air Force major uses unique abilities to serve local villagers
Maj. John Loftis has a Pashto name -- Esan. People are always asking him what it means. Deployed to Forward Operating Base Smart - a small military compound located in the heart of the Southern Afghan city of Qalat - the Air Force public information officer leaves quite an impression with the Afghan community he lives and works in, even if that
0 10/30
2009
MOBILE, AL-- Maj. Brian Welch, assistant Director of Operations, 18th Flight Test Squadron, gives Christian Prockupski, a 10-year-old cancer patient, a flight helmet signed by the 1st Special Operations Wing commander, Col. Gregory Lengyel and Airmen from the 6th Special Operations Squadron and the 18th FLTS.  A few members of the 6th SOS and 18th FLTS surprised Christian at the University of Southern Alabama Women and Children's Hospital by arriving in on a UH-1 Huey helicopter. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Orly N. Tyrell) 6th SOS aircrew grants very special wish
The little boy sat with his knees tucked to his chest, not knowing why he was out in the heat. All he was told was there was a surprise coming just for him. He sat and waited patiently, trying to imagine what the surprise could be. Soon after, he heard the loud chop-chop-chop of a rotor blade and, moments later, he saw a UH-1 Huey directly in front
0 8/11
2009
Default Air Force Logo Hurlburt Airman recognized as outstanding leader in AMC
A Hurlburt Field staff sergeant was recently named an Airlift/Tanker Association Young Leadership Award winner. Staff Sgt. William Cosenza, an integrated flight control systems craftsman assigned to the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, is one of 12 Airmen selected from the entire Air Force for the award. He will travel to Nashville,
0 8/03
2009
Default Air Force Logo Hurlburt sergeant celebrated for work, community contributions
One Airman at Hurlburt Field recently found out she has been honored for doing what she loves to do ... being a loadmaster and making a difference in the community. Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Patterson, 15th Special Operations Squadron, was selected as the Air Force's active duty winner of the 2009 National Latina Symposium Distinguished Service Award,
0 8/03
2009
Capt. Mike McCarter, physician?s assistant for the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, examines Staff Sgt. Paul Herrera July 16. Provincial Reconstruction Teams have been operating in Afghanistan since 2002, and work with provincial government and the local populace to improve security, development and governance. (DoD Photo by U.S. Air Force Maj. J.D. Loftis) Past, present Air Commandos unite for COIN fight
The two Air Commandos last saw each other in 1999, when they served together in the 20th Special Operations Squadron as crewmembers on the MH-53 PAVE LOW out of Hurlburt Field, Fla. So Lt. Col. Carlos Halcomb, a former MH-53 pilot, and Capt. Michael McCarter, previously a flight engineer, were surprised to run into each other in an Army dining
0 7/20
2009
Default Air Force Logo Running because she wants to
2nd Lt. Jessica Tullson, 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron, is no stranger to running. She has been running recreationally since high school as a way to stay in shape. At the end of last year, she heard about the half marathon being held at the Aderholt Fitness Center. "It sounded like fun," she said. "I planned on training for it, but
0 7/01
2009
Default Air Force Logo 1 SOW Inspector General's office here to help
The words "inspector" and "general," when used together, usually cause most personnel to cringe or bristle significantly. Perhaps this is because the office is associated with "black hat" actions such as inspections, investigations and congressional complaints. However, while they do have some responsibility for those issues, they cannot
0 6/11
2009
Default Air Force Logo 6th SOS recognized as leader in safety, uniqueness of mission
Lt. Gen. Donald Wurster, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, presented the System of Cooperation Among the Air Forces of the Americas (SICOFAA) Award to the 6th Special Operations Squadron here April 24. This internationally recognized award promotes safety in Western Hemisphere air forces by recognizing the flight safety
0 6/03
2009
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Airman John Zimmerman, a 342nd Training Squadron tactical air control party student prepares to fire on command during a portion of field training here, Feb. 12. TACPs act as a liaison between U.S. Army ground maneuver units and Air Force pilots. The TACP technical training school involves rigorous academic and physical training standards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes) Tactical air control party: not the party you're used to
There are some career fields in the Air Force that are meant for people who are technology minded; those who manipulate algorithms and calculate formulas used to launch missiles and create programs to crush any enemy who feebly attempts to defeat the U.S. military in cyberspace. Then there are those career fields in the Air Force that are meant for
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2009
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Tech. Sgts. Sheri Rodden and Julius Parker, both 1st Special Operations Wing Safety, participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon, Jan. 11. The marathon was the first for both runners who accepted a challenge from their commander to become more fit to fight. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)                               Nothing goofy about this challenge
About a year ago, Lt. Col. Shelly Rodriguez and the leadership in the 1st Special Operations Wing Safety Office put a renewed emphasis on physical training. As a result, they incorporated mandatory physical training into the work week for all employees. After a few sessions with the personnel in her unit, it became apparent to Colonel Rodriguez
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2009
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