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  • ‘Just another day at work’ for the 106th Rescue Wing

    Tred Barta claims to be one of the “best big game fishermen in the world,” with a reputation for doing things the hard way. His blunt talk and nonconformist style has made him a popular, if controversial, star of the television show, “The Best and Worst of Tred Barta,” and he’s teamed up with an elite Air Force pararescue unit for the show’s season
  • AFSOC announces 2005 media contest winners

    AFSOC is proud to announce the winners of the 2005 AFSOC Media Contest. The winners in each category will go on to compete at the Air Force level. Best News Article: Airman Eric Schloeffel, 347th Rescue Wing Public Affairs. Second place: Airman 1st Class James Dickens, 16th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. Best Feature Article: Capt. Gary
  • Moody Airman SOARs to new heights

    All it took for Senior Airman Cody Mass to follow his dream was a trip to the Education Office and a few minutes online. “I’d been very interested in getting commissioned,” said Airman Mass, 347th Communications Squadron ground radio technician. “After receiving some information at the education office, I applied for a couple of different
  • Airmen tested during base Phase II exercise

    With mission-oriented protective posture gear on, more than 400 Airmen reported to the Permanent Exercise Facility and the flight line Jan. 17 for a Phase II employment exercise that continued through Jan. 19. The purpose of the exercise was to prepare for real-world attacks and to use information in the Airman’s Manual in order to “survive and
  • Hurricane Hunters visit Hurlburt

    If it were hurricane season, some might have been worried. A Hurricane Hunter crew from the Air Force Reserve Command's 403rd Wing and their WC-130J from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., visited Hurlburt Field Friday and Saturday, combining a flying weekend with a cameo appearance at the Teachers' Aviation and Aerospace Workshop, sponsored by the
  • Local teachers attend aviation workshop

     Fifty teachers of all grade levels from Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties spent the day here Saturday learning about aerospace education resources and support available for use in their classrooms. The event, called the Teachers’ Aviation and Aerospace Workshop, has been sponsored here for three years by the Hurlburt Field chapter of the
  • AFSOC officer convicted of negligence during court-martial

    An officer assigned to Headquarters, Air Force Special Operations Command was convicted of negligence Jan. 13 after failing to appropriately file two temporary duty travel vouchers. A panel of seven officers heard the case of Maj. Mark Beres during a five-day trial. Major Beres had originally been charged with a myriad of crimes including willful
  • Major found dead at home

    A major from the 19th Special Operations Squadron died Tuesday at his residence in Navarre. Maj. Amadeo Garza, 41, was a flight commander and AC-130U Gunship fire control officer. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the mid-morning call to emergency services. He was pronounced dead by medical personnel at 10:26 a.m. No further details
  • Air Force Special Operations Command stands up warfighting headquarters

    Air Force Special Operations Command stood up a warfighting headquarters organization here Dec. 13, to provide worldwide Air Force special operations command and control support to combatant commanders. The new organization, commanded by Col. Eric Fiel, joins other WFHQs as part of the Air Force initiative to replace certain numbered air forces and
  • Superstar athlete a leader off the field as well

    Twyla Sears may have some awesome moves on the court, but she can’t shake the awards and recognition that have followed her. She plays basketball, volleyball, softball and any other sport that’s around – bowling, too. And for that, she was named the Pacific Air Forces Female Athlete of the Year and the Air Force Female Athlete of the Year. Her Air