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  • "One more hooah left in me"

    Just as no one can anticipate a natural disaster, who honestly goes to work expecting to be named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world? Chief Master Sgt. Antonio Travis, Air Force Special Operations Training Center chief enlisted manager, certainly wasn't prepared when he received an e-mail notifying him he had been
  • Range Support: Total orchestration at land, sea and air

    Editor's note: The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron Range Support flight is dedicated to providing Air Force Special Operations Command, joint and coalition units with realistic training scenarios in preparation for real world challenges. The flight is comprised of four departments: maritime training, opposition forces, assault zones and
  • Hurlburt Field takes action every day for a greener tomorrow

    As April 22 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, millions of people around the world will commemorate the occasion in their own unique ways. Those who plant a tree or host a highway clean-up will be preserving their surrounding's natural beauty as well as raising awareness about the day's purpose.But as important as this date is, looking after
  • Center of the storm: A commander's perspective during Haiti relief

    While it's been nearly three months since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, the contributions of the Air Commandos there during the relief effort are still making an impact. Although much of the Air Force Special Operations Command's wartime mission is usually applied to defeat an enemy, it's perhaps both ironic and fitting that its
  • Maintaining deadliest cargo plane in Air Force

    Few aircraft in the Air Force inventory truly embody the Air Force Air Power motto as the AC-130U "Spooky" gunship.Approaching this aircraft from the right side belies its lethality; it appears as nothing more than another C-130 cargo transport aircraft. However, on the opposite side of the aircraft sit three cannons capable of raining 25 mm, 40mm,
  • Soldier father, Airman son change American military with selfless service

    Benjamin Davis Drive is a small street in Clovis, and where it makes a hard curve, is a street sign that seems confusing. It appears to intersect with itself. What is not confusing, however, is the fact that the street is named after two large men who helped change conditions for African-Americans in the American military and perceptions by the
  • Volunteers make Special Olympics an "exhilirating experience"

    The triumph over adversity, the excitement of competition and the chance to cheer for others are some of the reasons the athletes, coaches and spectators come to the Special Olympics each year. But for those who volunteered their time and efforts to make the tournament possible, they were just happy to be a part of a good cause.  Nearly 150
  • Civil Engineer Squadron bids farewell to "American patriot"

    After 29 years, 7 months and 11 days of federal service, John Carruth never thought he'd spend his last day on the job soaking wet. But when his office arranged two fire trucks to spray streams at his ceremonial send-off Jan. 29, he had an idea of what would happen next. "As I approached the rainbow streams, I looked back and asked as a group, 'Is
  • Saving life and limb: critical care nurse treats patients in Haiti

    The earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12 forever changed the lives of countless people. For many, the devastation preceded the loss of possessions or a home. For some, it also took a limb or the life of a loved one. Perhaps no one group has been more exposed to the bare humanity of the disaster than the medics on the fore front of saving each
  • Operation Unified Response Chaplain's perspective: 'God pushed me'

    Editors note: This is part one in a series of four commentaries .The noise is constant. C-130s, C-17s, DC-10s, Cessnas, Lears and other engines running through the day and night. The vibrations from planes taking off on the flight line conceal the rumbling of the earth beneath every step we take. Each face, weary and red, has a determined look.
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