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  • Cannon behind the scenes: masters of maintenance

    *This feature is the second in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon.The Air Commandos with the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, share a strong family bond, along with an immeasurable sense of pride for the work they do. "We don't have the numbers we could really use, but where we lack
  • Cannon behind the scenes: fueling the flight

    "We are a shop that never closes, even on holidays or during training days," said Staff Sgt. Christopher Bates, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution supervisor. "We get the job done, 24/7 on the flightline, no matter what." The 27 SOLRS fuels flight supports all of the 27th Special Operations Wing aircraft, ground
  • Outgoing USSOCOM senior enlisted adviser: Some things will never change

    Recalling the first time he operated a 30-pound radio and generator in the field, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Smith realized the most vital component of the device actually weighed the least.Before microchips and digital bytes enhanced communication into its current form, the outcome of a mission actually hinged on a military radio operator's
  • Inside mind of Hurlburt Field's commander

    The 1st Special Operations Wing commander, sits at the end of the wing conference room table Aug. 19 in front of a wall decorated with historical photos. Col. James Slife, who assumed command June 29, has been sitting with the local press for more than 30 minutes discussing his views on leadership and being a member of a unique community."So this
  • Air Commando squadrons at Eglin undertake historic flight

    Although the 9th Special Operations and 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadrons share the same runway as the F-35 Lightning II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and commercial aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., the units and the Airmen who work there belong to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla.And despite being geographically
  • Hurlburt to Airmen: Seat belts save lives, use them

    Do you really want to be the widow, the orphaned child, the friend who didn't speak up, or the first sergeant telling a family their son or daughter is dead because they weren't buckled up?You say it and hear it again and again - but telling your spouse, parent, friend and Wingman to wear their seat belt and wearing your own seat belt could be the
  • Air Force first: TACP students get combative

    Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of the students of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.Tactical Air Control Party Falcon Flight 86 students survived harsh wilderness conditions, challenging classroom tests and exhausting
  • Brothers in arms, not only on the battlefield

    A 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron master sergeant was awakened by a phone call early on the morning of Oct. 3, 2010 with sad news about a friend and coworker. Master Sgt. Daniel Leonard sustained a life-threatening heart attack. Still battling disbelief, Master Sgt. Jener Tiongson got himself in gear and rushed to be by the family's
  • Airmen work to make TACP grade

    Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of the students of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.In the complex world of Tactical Air Control Party, nothing is simple, and at the end of training week 5, TACP candidates from Falcon Flight
  • Falcon 86 begins training

    Editor's note: This article is part of a series detailing the trials and tribulations of Tactical Air Control Party class Falcon 86 on their journey to become fully qualified Battlefield Airmen.They've only just started the third week of their 17-week class, but already two have washed out, and two more will likely be out before the end of the
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