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Members of the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard present the colors during the Ratchet 33 Memorial Ceremony at the air park, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017. During the ceremony, the commanders of the 25th Intelligence Squadron, 34th Special Operations Squadron and the acting commander of the 319th SOS unveiled the Ratchet 33 aircrew memorial plaque. The aircrew was comprised of Capt. Ryan Hall, Capt. Nicholas Whitlock, 1st Lt. Justin Wilkens and Senior Airman Julian Scholten. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ratchet 33 aircrew remembered during memorial ceremony
More than 900 Air Commandos, fellow special operations service members, civilians and families gathered to remember four fallen Airmen during a ceremony at the air park, here, Feb. 16.Capt. Ryan P. Hall from the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock and 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens from the 34th Special Operations Squadron and
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CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly in formation over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) CV-22s make history
CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron, with Hurlburt Field, and 20th SOS, with Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., fly over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 3, 2017. This training mission was the first time in Air Force history that 10 CV-22s flew in formation simultaneously.
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A CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron flies over the Gulf of Mexico during a training mission, Nov. 30, 2016. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover capabilities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficient and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Hurlburt CV-22 Ospreys conduct water training
Aircrew with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conducted a training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 30, 2016. Air Commandos conduct water training as a way to transform training and ensure readiness for global special operations. The Osprey combines the vertical takeoff, landing and hover
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Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The
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Lt. Col. Lee Comerford, left, the commander of the 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, poses for a group photo with the Andersen Family at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 17, 2016. Comerford presented Cassidy Andersen, left, age two, an electronic reader for placing third in her age group at the Air Force level during the 2016 Department of Defense – Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin) Hurlburt youth, family recognized in Air Force reading program
A Hurlburt Field youth placed third at the Air Force level during the 2016 Department of Defense – Morale, Welfare and Recreation Summer Reading Program Oct. 17.The program, themed “Read – For the Win” is a Department of Defense-wide event that allows participants of all ages to earn prizes for reading throughout the summer. Participants are
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Lt. Col. Christopher Fields, a mobility requirements manager with Air Force Special Operations Command, stands outside AFSOC headquarters building at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 23, 2016. Fields is scheduled to participate in the half-marathon, 13.1 mile running event, during the 20th Annual Air Force Marathon, Sept. 17, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) AFSOC Marathon Team: Lt. Col. Fields
The following article is the second part of a four-part series about four Hurlburt Field Air Commandos who have earned a spot on the Air Force Special Operations Command Marathon team participating in the 20th Annual Air Force Marathon Sept. 17.
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Ziko, a military working dog with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, sits alongside Staff Sgt. George Garcia, a military working dog handler with the 1st SOSFS, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 22, 2016. Handlers and dogs are responsible for providing the base with narcotic and explosive detection as well as patrol work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) MWDs: Working hand-in-paw to remain combat ready
During a routine training session, a military working dog trainer takes control of a leash from a handler. At the end of the leash stands a seven-year old, 70-pound fury-faced security forces veteran. The trainer gives the order ‘heel,’ a command that tells the veteran to stand firm against the left side of the trainer’s leg.  Instead, Ziko, a
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Senior Airman Nathaniel Kjos, a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, poses for a photo at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 19, 2016. Kjos is one of the four Airmen representing Hurlburt Field as part of the Air Force Special Operations Command's 10-man marathon team that is scheduled to participate in the Air Force Marathon. AFSOC Marathon Team: SrA Nathaniel Kjos
The following article is the first of a four-part series about four Hurlburt Field Air Commandos who have earned a spot on the Air Force Special Operations Command Marathon team participating in the 20th Annual Air Force Marathon Sept. 17.
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Air Commandos process a simulated deployment line at the Deployment Control Center on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Aug. 15, 2016. Airmen with the 1st Special Operations Wing departed for Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, to participate in Task Force Exercise Olympus Archer. Olympus Archer will maximize training opportunities for more than 230 Air Commandos, with an emphasis on medical and flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Callaway) Air Commandos kick off TFX Olympus Archer
More than 230 Air Commandos and seven aircraft with the 1st Special Operations Wing arrived here, for Task Force Exercise Olympus Archer, Aug. 15. Full Mission Profiles began Aug. 18, with aircrews teaming up with members of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron and 1st Special Operations Medical Group to conduct medical evacuations and in-flight
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U.S. Air Force special tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing conduct a freefall jump from a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Fort Eustis, Va., during Exercise Emerald Warrior 16 over Eglin Range, Fla., May 7, 2016. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operation Command sponsored mission rehearsal exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to real and emerging worldwide threats. (U.S. Air Force still frame from video by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook) 
Emerald Warrior 17: Planning starts for 10th exercise
Nearly 100 military planners gathered here this week to develop training requirements for Emerald Warrior 2017, the largest irregular warfare exercise in the Department of Defense.In its 10th iteration, Emerald Warrior faces a challenge no special operator can train for: a smaller budget."I was here for the very first Emerald Warrior and have
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