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  • LEAP boosts AF language capability

    Amid the darkness and the sputters of machine gunfire, service members hustle to assess and treat combat casualty victims. These victims have suffered injuries ranging from loss of limbs to sucking chest wounds. Adding to an already disorienting environment is the hodgepodge of English, coming from the directions of the combat medic instructing the
  • 73 SOS Airman provides eyes in the sky

    The 73rd Special Operations Squadron's maxim, "without fail," became more paramount to Senior Airman Erich Brown, 73 SOS loadmaster, than ever before as he and his comrades took to the skies of Afghanistan to protect America's sons and daughters from the scars of war.Manning the multifaceted AC-130W Stinger II aircraft, members of the 73 SOS were
  • Perpetual perfection

    For the majority of the working world, the hours between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. are monotonous; the seconds tick by in the same, unremarkable fashion as the day before and the days to come. However, for parachute packers of the 27th Special Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment shop, this could not be further from the truth. Their days
  • AFSOC hosts first "Bring Your Child to Work Day"

    Air Force Special Operations Command's quiet professionals opened their doors recently to some pint-sized honorary Air Commandos in the command's first "Bring Your Child to Work Day" held at Hurlburt Field, Fla.The goal of the event  was to simply bring families in, said event organizer Capt. Kristina Sawtelle."Everyday we drop our kids off at
  • High flying with CV-22 flight engineer

    The 20th Special Operations Squadron conducted a routine training flight over Melrose Air Force Range, N.M., July 5.The training flight was also part of an orientation flight that gave several members from Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., the chance to see what CV-22 Osprey flyers do daily.Staff Sgt. Casey Spang, 20 SOS flight engineer, was the cabin
  • Cannon behind the scenes: supporting aircrew safety

    *This feature is thirteenth in a series of Air Commando highlights at Cannon. Part of Air Force Special Operations Command's ability to execute its global missions at a moment's notice relies heavily on its ability to keep aircraft and flight crews airborne.Airmen working with aircrew flight equipment play a pivotal role in ensuring all airborne
  • Facets of fabrication

    The mission of the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron fabrication flight is to construct aircraft parts, but the work they do is anything but standard. They are called upon to construct parts for aircraft ranging from the Vietnam-era AC-130H Spectre gunship to the newly-minted MC-130J Commando II. "Our job is aircraft structural
  • Physical resiliency: HAWC strengthens

    Editor's note: This is part two in a five-part series on resiliency. The characters in the series are fictional and any resemblance to real-life individuals is coincidental. Thinking back over the course of his recent deployment, Senior Airman Gregory Cissell cannot pinpoint the exact moment he hurt his back. The injury may have come on one of the
  • DAGRE: Close Quarter Combat Training

    The 27th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team participated in a convoy training mission at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. June 8, 2012. Cannon's DAGRE team received simulated intel and planned for a week to prepare for this convoy training mission.Click here for a slideshow of more DAGRE training
  • AFSOC sharpens DAGRE force

    Bravo team surveyed its objective through the tree line. The two-story safe house had to be cleared swiftly and efficiently. From that point, the team would have three minutes to gather any intelligence material and get out of the immediate area.The students' eyes were set on the dark silhouette of the terrorist stronghold. The instructors' eyes
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