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Default Air Force Logo The history of the 1st Special Operations Wing revisited
The 1st Special Operations Wing has a rich and honored history that began in Burma and continues at Hurlburt Field. The 1st SOW can trace its lineage back to "Project 9" which evolved into the 1st Air Commando Group during World War II. During the Quebec Trident Conference of August 1943, it was decided to coordinate the land and air forces of
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Tilt-wing aircraft traces beginnings to 1954
While the CV-22 platform may seem to some like a fairly recent flying concept, the idea of a rotor driven aircraft that could vector its thrust surfaced as far back as the 1950s. In 1951, Bell Helicopter began the XV-3 development under a joint Army-Air Force program. This design resembled more of a helicopter and was small in size. The XV-3 first
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Blue evolution - tracing U.S. Air Force history
The Air Force's humble beginnings can be traced back to the time of the Civil War, with the use of hot air balloons for artillery spotting. On Aug. 1, 1907, the US Army Signal Corps established a small Aeronautical Division to take charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all related subjects. The Signal Corps began
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2006
Tactical Air Control Party  students rush through smoke as they move onto small unit tactics training. (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Technical Sgt. Brian Murray) TACP training
Often seen running on Hurlburt Field roads with ruck sacks, M-16s and bright orange helmets are the tactical air control party students from Detachment 3, 342nd Training Squadron. When U.S. troops are in combat, the close air support could be called in by a Tactical Air Control Party that trained at Hurlburt Field. Putting bombs on target is their
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2006
Regan Roshetko gives enthusiastic thumbs up at the Space Academy graduation ceremony after receiving the best mission award. (Courtesy Photograph)
Space academy: Pair of Hurlburt youths have the Right Stuff
Dreams of flying high got a space shuttle sized boost for two Hurlburt Field youths. Ben Chastain, 14-year-old son of Tech. Sgt. Mike and Laura Chastain, and Regan Roshetko, 12-year-old son of Lt. Col. Chet and Carla Roshetko, were selected to attend a week-long Space Academy course at Huntsville, Ala., on full scholarships through the Air Force
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2006
“I crossed the river into Laos wearing jeans and a jean jacket. I had no uniform, no ID card and no Geneva Conventions card.”  (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes) Dagger Point: Retired Lt. Col. Jerry Klingaman discusses operations in Laos
(Dagger Point is a multi-part series focusing in Air Commando history.) Lt. Col. Jerome "Jerry" Klingaman, 6th Special Operations Squadron director of strategy and plans, was the air operations center commander and air combat advisor during two consecutive deployments to Laos. During his first deployment to Vientianne, Laos, Colonel Klingaman led a
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2006
"There was disbelief still.  I can't believe this is happening to me. There's no way this can be happening to me. At that point, I was still in shock." (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Staff Sgt. Kelly Ogden) Dagger Point: Story of Faith and Bravery
(Dagger Point is a multi-part series focusing on Air Commando history.) Lt. Col. John Alvarez, 6th Special Operations Squadron Commander, is no stranger to adversity. In 1996, the then Navy helicopter pilot participated in a Military exchange program with the 20th SOS, deployed to Ecuador near the border of Columbia. On one particular mission, Lt.
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2006
A sign at the edge of the Portales, N.M., city limits welcomes visitors to the town.  With approximately 12,000 residents, Portales is the smaller of the two towns that lie next to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.  Clovis is the larger of the base's two adjacent cities.  (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Lt. Amy Cooper) AFSOC Airmen, spouses visit Cannon Air Force Base
"It's not Hurlburt, but you can't make comparisons between the two," said Chief Master Sgt. Dexter Mitchell, 16th Maintenance Group chief of production and wing weapons manager. Chief Mitchell and his wife, Kathryn, were part of a group of 46 Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen and spouses sent on a "fact-finding" mission July 20-21 by
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2006
Airman 1st Class Stephanie Sinclair, 16th Communications Squadron, photographs airmen performing duties on the flightline here Tuesday. The exposure has been inverted to a negative. (Air Force Photograph by Airman 1st Class Danielle Morrow; edited by Dylan Laurie) 
 
Base photographers set their sights on Airmen
There are those among us who have been trained to capture in an instant. They blend into the crowd, seeking out their targets with efficiency and professionalism. They glide through the shadows, moving stealthily, so as not to frighten their mark, patiently waiting for the opportunity to strike. Finally, vigilance pays off. The moment of glory
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2006
Default Air Force Logo Historian returns to his Army roots
The 16th Special Operations Wing History Office chief leaves Hurlburt Field today to be the director of the Army Aviation Center History Office at Ft. Rucker, Ala. John Dabrowski has spent more than eight years documenting the history of the Air Commandos, as well as assisting with numerous inquiries into the past. “I’ve seen a lot of changes in
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