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Senior Airman Roger Smith, 1st Special Operations Medical Support Squadron laboratory technician, looks at a specimen through a microscope on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 8, 2015.  The 1st SOMDSS Laboratory is comprised of seven personnel who are responsible for more than 17,000 beneficiaries and 156,000 tests a year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katherine Holt) Laboratory technicians: small numbers, large impact
Tech. Sgt. Richard Minton said he never really understood the impact of being a medical laboratory technician in the Air Force until he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012.There, he experienced firsthand the importance of his craft while delivering blood to servicemembers receiving treatment for critical injuries. “I didn’t see the whole impact until
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2015
Default Air Force Logo Maintenance group earns prestigious awards
The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group at Hurlburt Field exemplified Air Force superior performance by earning top-maintenance honors in the 2014 Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance Squadron Trophy.The maintenance trophy, first awarded in 1960, is presented annually to an Air Force unit determined by Headquarters
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2015
Children from the Youth Center gathered together for Month of the Military Child proclamation signing during the Month of the Military Child and Child Abuse Prevention kickoff on Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 1, 2015.  Hurlburt Field is home to more than 5,500 children who face unique challenges related to military life and culture. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) Month of the Military Child, Child Abuse Prevention Month recognize sacrifices, increase awareness
There are approximately 1.9 million military children worldwide who face unique challenges related to military life and culture.Hurlburt is home to more than 5,500 of those 1.9 million military children.“Military children are often times forgotten when we talk about the mission, what they face and the stressors they incur,” said Shirley Sims,
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Default Air Force Logo AFSOC’s financial managers gain Air Force- and USSOCOM-level recognition
Members of Air Force Special Operations Command brought home a number of Air Force- and U.S. Special Operations Command-level financial management awards, including the 1st Special Operations Wing’s comptroller squadron, winner of the Air Force’s Major General Alfred K. Flowers Comptroller Organization of the Year and AFSOC financial management,
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Airmen from the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron form up for roll call and a briefing before conducting a Foreign Object Damage prevention walk on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2015. FOD walks decrease the chances of aircraft being damage by debris. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Making the flightline debris free
Airmen from the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron conduct a Foreign Object Damage prevention walk on the flightline at Hurlburt Field.
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Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew team, insert a 25mm Gatling gun into an AC-130U Gunship on the flightline at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2015. The weapons flight Airmen fix and maintain the weapons systems on the AC-130. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Krystal M. Garrett) Weapons flight Airmen keep gunners gunning
Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron insert a 25mm Gatling gun into an AC-130U Gunship.
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Staff Sgt. James Klutts, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, handles equipment at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 8, 2014. The 15th AMU’s mission is to perform equipment maintenance in support of worldwide special operations missions. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) 15th AMU help keep Talons flying
The 15th Aircraft Maintenance Unit's mission is to perform equipment maintenance in support of worldwide special operations missions. The Combat Talon II is a derivative of the C-130 Hercules modified for special operations.
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“Wicked Wanda” an AC-130H Spectre gunship taxis for the last time after serving 43 years with the 16th Special Operations Squadron and 4th SOS on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 19, 2014. “Wicked Wanda” flew her last flight here Dec. 19, and is scheduled to officially retire to the Hurlburt Field Air Park in 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree W. Moye) “Wicked Wanda” flies final mission
Often described as low, slow and discreetly lethal, “Wicked Wanda” flew her last flight here Dec. 19, and is scheduled to officially retire in 2015. This historical AC-130H Spectre gunship has deployed in nearly every conflict the U.S. has been involved in, officially and unofficially, since the end of the Vietnam War. There were many missions
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2014
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James pins the Air Force Cross to the uniform of Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman from the 56th Rescue Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, during a ceremony at the Freedom Hangar on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 17, 2014. While deployed to Afghanistan with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Ruiz protected his injured special operations forces teammates with fire support and provided emergency medical care under intense enemy fire in the dark, Dec. 10, 2013. The last six Air Force Crosses have all been awarded to AFSOC Special Tactics Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross
Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military’s second highest decoration for an
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A muzzle is placed on an Air Force military working dog prior to a patrol scenario during the Emerald Coast K-9 Clash at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 15, 2014. Military working dog jobs require a high degree of obedience, they can work with or without a leash or harness and are taught when it is and isn’t appropriate to attack. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kentavist P. Brackin) Hurlburt hosts Emerald Coast K-9 Clash
Air Force and Army military working dog handlers and their four-legged partners gathered for the Emerald Coast K-9 Clash on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 15. The event, hosted by the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, is the first of its kind to be held here.The clash allowed military working dog teams from across the Department of
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