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Default Air Force Logo Hickam Airman supports Special Forces in Philippines
As U.S. Forces continue their drawdown from Iraq, the military is continuing to support counter-terrorism efforts elsewhere around the globe. While Afghanistan remains the more widely known theater of operations, there are other places where Airmen serve. One such place is Zamboanga, located in the southern Philippines. Although the United States
0 12/29
2011
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, command chief of the 1st Special Operations Wing, renders a salute during retreat at wing headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 14, 2011. Colon-Lopez assumed leadership as command chief from retired Chief Master Sgt. Dexter Mitchell Nov. 30, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Williams)(Released) 1st SOW/CCC: "I refuse to fail"
Walking into the 1st Special Operations Wing command chief's office, one may be struck by various pictures, citations and awards placed around the room: a Bronze Star with Valor and an oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Combat Action Medal; and the 2005 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award for a Senior NCO.But perhaps more fascinating is a Spartan spear
0 12/15
2011
(Courtesy illustration) 27 SOW social media: join the conversation
www.facebook.com/27thSpecialOperationsWingThis feature is first in a series of social media related stories. Like. Tweet. Follow. Check-in. For those who have not been following social media over the past several years, these calls to action might sound foreign, or downright strange. Fear not, because these terms are simply the products of modern
0 12/13
2011
Airmen 1st Class Tyler Fornal, Steven Theodorou, and Richard Largey siphon out oil from one of their generators and check key components while performing routine maintenance at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Nov. 8, 2011. All three Airmen are technicians in the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production shop, and are responsible for providing power to essential components on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)        Cannon behind the scenes: excellence in engineering
*This feature is the third in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. The Air Commandos with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron power production and electrical systems shops focus much of their work on maintaining a continuous flow of power at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M."It's unfortunate that most people don't know who we
0 11/09
2011
Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic.  Jones saved Gutierrez' life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan.  The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 16 to 26 in honor of 17 fallen special tactics Airmen.  (Courtesy photo/Devon Ravine) My Air Force friend, my Army protector
Army Sergeant First Class Michael Jones travelled alongside Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas to Hurlburt Field, Fla., as they marched 812 miles together with 16 other Airmen in memory of 17 fallen special tactics Airmen.Jones, a 7th Special Forces Group Airborne medic, was invited to participate in the 2011 Tim Davis
0 10/25
2011
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Woliver, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman, works on the utility system hydraulic vent line filter aboard the AC-130H Spectre gunship at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 25, 2011. This gives the crew the ability to indicate whether there is a potential danger in the system based on fluid levels within the reservoir. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)  Cannon behind the scenes: masters of maintenance
*This feature is the second in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon.The Air Commandos with the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, share a strong family bond, along with an immeasurable sense of pride for the work they do. "We don't have the numbers we could really use, but where we lack
0 10/25
2011
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Dalton, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels apprentice, grips a hose, also called a “dead man” hose, used to initiate and halt refueling of aircraft on the flightline at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 18, 2011. The refueling process varies in time depending on the load capacity of the aircraft in need of service.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal) Cannon behind the scenes: fueling the flight
"We are a shop that never closes, even on holidays or during training days," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Bates, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor. "We get the job done, 24/7 on the flightline, no matter what." The 27 SOLRS fuels flight supports all of the 27th Special Operations Wing aircraft, ground
0 10/19
2011
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Smith, senior enlisted adviser of the
U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks to senior enlisted Airmen at the
Commando Auditorium at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept.15, 2011. Smith briefed
the audience about the pressures facing the special operations community, as
well as the technological changes he has witnessed over the course of his
nearly 35-year military career. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Naomi
Griego)
Outgoing USSOCOM senior enlisted adviser: Some things will never change
Recalling the first time he operated a 30-pound radio and generator in the field, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Smith realized the most vital component of the device actually weighed the least.Before microchips and digital bytes enhanced communication into its current form, the outcome of a mission actually hinged on a military radio operator's
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2011
Default Air Force Logo Inside mind of Hurlburt Field's commander
The 1st Special Operations Wing commander, sits at the end of the wing conference room table Aug. 19 in front of a wall decorated with historical photos. Col. James Slife, who assumed command June 29, has been sitting with the local press for more than 30 minutes discussing his views on leadership and being a member of a unique community."So this
0 8/23
2011
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jarred Shockey, 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron crew chief, runs to get in place as an MC-130P Combat Shadow finishes preflight checks during an exercise on the flightline at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., July 25, 2011.  As a crew chief, Shockey has the responsibility to service the aircraft, perform inspections and advise on any problems with maintaining, servicing and inspecting aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Gustavo Castillo) Air Commando squadrons at Eglin undertake historic flight
Although the 9th Special Operations and 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadrons share the same runway as the F-35 Lightning II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and commercial aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the units and the Airmen who work there belong to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.And despite being geographically
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2011
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