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  • AFSOC Cyber Squadron Initiative: Arming for the 21st century battle

    Air Force Special Operations Command hosted a Mission Defense Team Conference, Feb. 2-5, 2021, focusing on identifying the organic cyber capabilities needed to protect missions against threats in, through, and from cyberspace. Gen. David Goldfein, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, signed the Cyber Squadron Initiative Program Action Directive, May 12, 2020. This historic event, five years in the making, ushered in the single largest change in Air Force, charging the Air and Space Force with transforming current communication squadrons into cyber squadrons.
  • Director of Security Forces, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection visits AFSOC

    Brigadier General Roy Collins, director of Security Forces, deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, visited Hurlburt Field Jan. 11 to gain familiarity of Air Force Special Operations Command’s security, force protection and special tactics efforts. The general was joined on his visit by Chief Master Sgt. Brian Lewis, Security Forces career field manager.
  • Air Commando overcomes hardship, earns EO of the Year

    Dedication. Motivation. Hard work. Not only are these very important qualities in any walk of life, but these qualities were specifically embodied by an equal opportunity Air Commando with the 1st Special Operations Wing. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. William Spight, the NCO in charge of EO with the 1st SOW, received the Air Force EO of the Year award for his outstanding performance in 2019 within the EO community.
  • Air Force selects Kirtland AFB for AC-130J FTU

    The Air Force selected Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, as the preferred location for the relocation of the AC-130J Ghostrider Formal Training Unit from Hurlburt Field, Florida.
  • Ospreys hone rescue capabilities, combat readiness

    A CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft crew assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron hone rescue capabilities and combat readiness at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Nov. 16, 2020. Aircrew members with the 8th SOS fired approximately 600 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition and conducted simulated rescue hoists, honing aircrew proficiency to conduct global special operations any time, any place.
  • CMSAF visits Air Commandos, tours 1st SOW aircraft

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass spoke with Air Commandos at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Oct. 20, 2020. Air Commandos assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing briefed Bass on the capabilities of 1st SOW aircraft and how they are employed to accomplish Air Force Special Operations Command missions any time, any place.
  • Hurlburt Field conducts anti-terrorism/force protection exercise

    Members of the 1st Special Operations Wing conducted an exercise that simulated a terrorist attack on base to provide inspection teams the opportunity to assess how the base would respond in a real-world attack. Participants were permitted to take off their masks during designated portions of the exercise out of safety concerns that surpassed the concern of transmitting coronavirus disease 2019.
  • AFSOC activates first FLANG CV-22 squadron

    The 294th Special Operations Squadron is activated during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida, Aug. 28, 2020. The 249th SOS is the first Florida Air National Guard squadron home to CV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.
  • Air Commando pursues dream of flying on AFSOC airframes

    As a child, she sat in front of the TV watching the “Top Gun” movie over and over again and listening to Tom Cruise proclaim, “I feel the need – the need for speed!” Watching the aircraft soar across the screen made it clear to her that she wanted to fly when she grew up.
  • Behind the scenes of the Special Tactics Memorial March

    Alongside highways and back roads of the southern U.S. states, there are two Special Tactics Airmen trekking in the name of their fallen brethren killed in combat. What most people won’t see, is the Individual Duty Medical Technicians putting moleskin on painful blisters, or the communication Airman ensuring the operators are following the correct route, or supply Airmen servicing safety vehicles and the list goes on. A support force of 19 Air Commandos from nine different career specialties are working around-the-clock, 24/7, behind the scenes of Air Force Special Operations Command’s Special Tactics Memorial March, as 10 two-man teams ruck 830 miles to Hurlburt Field.
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