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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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Airman 1st Class Patrick Nunn, an airfield systems technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, pulls a circuit board for inspection at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 17, 2016. Airfield systems technicians install, remove and maintain navigation and air traffic control ground-to-air radio systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 1st SOSS: Controlling the air from the ground
Collaboration among several 1st Special Operations Support Squadron elements create a safe environment for aircraft to fly.
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Graphic illustration of Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith, new command chief of Air Force Special Operations Command. New command chief rumored to work 24/7
Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith recently stepped into the top enlisted job for Air Force Special Operations Command. His career and personal trajectory includes several assignments with the command and a two-year battle with leukemia.
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Staff Sgt. Kyle Eilefson, an Air Force Repair Enhancement Program technician with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, solders resistors on a circuit board at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 24, 2016. The circuit board is part of the power supply for the approach lighting system on the Hurlburt Field runway. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett)
Repair technicians 'make every dollar count'
Four specially-trained Air Commandos repair items deemed unfixable, saving Hurlburt Field $1.2 million this fiscal year.
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Air Force Special Operations Command Commander Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, left, and U.S. Special Operations Command Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford, second from right, celebrate AFSOC's 2016 outstanding Airmen and civilians of the year during a banquet at Hurlburt Field, May 19, 2016. The award winners toured Hurlburt Field May 17 and 18  before being honored at the yearly awards banquet held May 19 to celebrate their accomplishments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Air Commandos presented as AFSOC's best
Air Commandos received special recognition as the 2015 Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen and civilians of the year during a formal banquet May 19 at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
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U.S. Air Force Special Operators and Army Special Forces Soldiers conduct a static line jump into an airfield to recover injured personnel from a helicopter crash during Emerald Warrior, May 7, 2016 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. 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 photo by Senior Airman Colville McFee) Emerald Warrior exercise marks halfway point
Emerald Warrior 2016 moved into its second full week of operations. The last half of the exercise will continue to focus on the integration of Air Force Air Commandos with special operations and conventional assets from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.
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Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force vice chief of staff, is greeted by Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command and Col. Sean Farrell, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, as he arrives at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 26, 2016. The general attended the AFSOC Warrior C.A.R.E. summit as a keynote speaker. The summit is designed to give injured and ill service members and caregivers an opportunity to discover available resources, network with helping agencies, develop mentor relationships and expand their life skills. Goldfein was just announced as the president’s nominee to become the next Air Force chief of staff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kai White) Goldfein nominated as 21st CSAF
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced April 26 that the president has nominated Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein to be the 21st chief of staff of the Air Force, succeeding Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, who has served in the position since 2012. General Goldfein was at Hurlburt Field when this announcement was made.
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Default Air Force Logo Four Airmen save contractor’s life
On April 15, four Airmen saved a contractor’s life on the loading dock of their building utilizing their annual Air Force CPR training. Their training was put to the test when Senior Airman Crystal Morgan, 1st Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, made a shocking discovery – Richard Owens, a contractor within their building, had
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Finance Airmen from Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field conduct a joint-exercise on Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 6, 2015. The Financial Management Warrior expeditionary exercise is based on ‘Top Dollar,’ a finance exercise from the 1990’s, and is anticipated to become an annual or semi-annual training event for Eglin and Hurlburt Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Kai White) Comptrollers rehearse expeditionary skills
Comptroller Airmen spent June 6 in a simulated joint-deployment environment here, to exercise an infrequently practiced expeditionary skillset.The design was based on an exercise in the 1990s dubbed 'Top Dollar' and scaled down to a one-day simulation where Airmen exercise war-time skills including self-aid and buddy care training and weapon
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Airmen assigned to the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron conduct a hot refuel on a U-28A during Forward Area Refueling Point training on Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 7, 2015. FARP first came about after the 1980 Iran hostage rescue attempt. After this event, the Air Force realized the need for a highly-efficient way to transfer fuel from one aircraft to another, in non-standard and hostile environments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Kai L. White) Fuels Airmen, flight crews practice night Forward Area Refueling Point procedures
Special teams of fuels Airmen provide a critical capability for wartime and humanitarian missions as FARP operations expand the role of special operation forces around the world. They provide a means of "hot" refueling from a tanker aircraft to various types of fixed and rotor-wing receiver aircraft. FARP missions are flown at only five bases
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