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  • Safety and the warfighter

    Has this ever happened to you? You're sitting at your desk when suddenly an e-mail pops up informing you a periodic safety inspection is to occur in your work area at some unannounced time during the coming week. Or during a shop or office meeting, your supervisor tells you the unit safety representative will be conducting a cursory safety
  • How to save a life

    If you knew you had the power to save a life, would you use it? What if you could go back in time and prevent an incident that would save the life of someone you knew or loved, would you do it? What if you had the power to prevent driving under the influence at Hurlburt Field? The power is in your hands. Incidents of DUI are quite preventable, and
  • Words we live by

    By the time this commentary is printed, our nation will have sworn in a new president. The inauguration of any new American president is an historical event and accompanied by a lot of pomp and circumstance. Undoubtedly, this year's inauguration deserves a special place in the history of our nation. Yet, through all of the media hype this week, I
  • Hurlburt Field: Installation excellence every day

    This week, Team Hurlburt had the opportunity to host Brig. Gen. Anita Gallentine and the Air Force Installation Excellence Selection Board as they evaluated Hurlburt Field as one of two finalists in the commander in chief's Installation Excellence Award competition. The IEA was established in 1984 to recognize the outstanding efforts of the people
  • Goodbye 2008, hello 2009

    2008 has come and gone and as we begin 2009, it is important to take a look back on the past 12 months. For many of us, 2008 brought numerous accomplishments in our lives. For some, that elusive degree was completed, that line number for promotion was finally achieved, that retirement day arrived (closing one chapter and beginning a new one), or a
  • 1 SOW/CC Holiday Message

    Air Commandos, I'm grateful for the sacrifices you make every day in service to your country. You are our most important resource. Because of you, the Air Commandos of the 1st Special Operations Wing take the fight to the enemy in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations around the globe night after night. Because of you the rest of America can sleep
  • Lessons from Africa

    When I was first told I was going to Mali, Africa as part of Exercise FLINTLOCK-09, I was given four key pieces of advice: bring lots of bug spray, Lysol, hand sanitizer and extra toilet paper. Never having deployed before, I was eager for any advice I could get. So I rounded up my supplies and hopped on a C-130 for the 5,300 nautical mile flight
  • 1 SOCS team practices how they fight

    Airman Smith arrived to the quarterly tactical communications exercise concept of operations briefing expecting the week-long exercise to pan out like any other: 12-hour shifts of specialized training to prepare him for the complexities of creating a command and control node in an austere environment. This time around, however, the exercise
  • Moving to Cannon Assistance

    As the time draws nearer for the AC-130H move to Cannon Air Force Base, many of you have already received orders, and many more will be receiving them soon. I recognize that for many of you this move presents challenging issues. To address some of your concerns and questions, we've held two town hall meetings this year. During both meetings,
  • Air Commando: Are you one?

     Who are the Air Commandos? Are Air Commandos only those who engage the enemy through flight or on patrol? Do Air Commandos only come from those squadrons with a long heritage of combat? I'd like to offer a broader definition of Air Commandos. I submit today's Air Commandos aren't necessarily identified with a particular unit, but could be anyone
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