Policy letter bans use of Salvia Divinorum

By Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla — The psychoactive hallucinogenic plants Salvia Divinorum and Spice, although sold commercially, are prohibited for use by Air Force Special Operations Command military members, according to a new major command policy letter. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster, AFSOC commander, prohibited use of the substances […]

AFSOC airmen save Haitian earthquake victim

USAF photo: Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV An airman from the Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., helps put ear plugs in the ears of an infant before boarding an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft flying out of the Troussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 15. U.S. citizens living […]

First lady speaks on taking care of military families

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the crowd at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Oct. 15 during a visit to the base. Obama spoke about family values and praised military members and their families during the speech. By Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon: Defense Media Activity-San Antonio EGLIN […]

AFRCC airmen respond to balloon chase in Colorado

American Forces Press Service TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Air Force Rescue Coordination Center personnel here responded to calls for assistance when a hot air balloon, believed to be ‘piloted’ by a 6-year-old boy, broke free from its tethers and flew haphazardly through the skies near Denver Oct. 15 At approximately 1:25 p.m. Central […]

Commentary: Fly, fight and win: A Spectre’s perspective

By Lt. Col. Sean Farrell: 16th SOS commander and air commando HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.

Air Force to fly patrols supporting Super Bowl

Air Force News Service TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Air Force fighter pilots will be busy during Super Bowl XLIII as they will be flying to protect the sky around Raymond James Stadium on Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla. Airmen flying fighter jets may be visible enforcing the Federal Aviation Administration’s temporary flight restriction […]

Commentary: Assistance offered for families relocating

By Col. Brad Webb: Commander 1st SOW HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — 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 […]

16th SOS marks 40th anniversary

USAF photo The AC-130 gunship’s primary missions are close air support, air interdiction and force protection. Missions in close air support are troops in contact, convoy escort and urban operations. By Tech. Sgt. Sheri Kangas: 1st SOW Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — The 16th Special Operations Squadron is having a busy year. Not only […]

Cannon, Hurlburt airmen combine for challenge

USAF courtesy photo Staff Sgt. Amy Seaton (left), 27th Special Operations Wing and Staff Sgt Dante Sangstack, both with the 27th SOW, check the chemical levels during the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Challenge. By Jeremy Webster: AFSOC Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Airmen from the 1st and 27th Special Operations Wings participated in […]

Special Operations School now offers CCAF credits

By Jeremy Webster: AFSOC Public Affairs Hurlburt Field, Fla. — The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School recently met the Air University’s Board of Visitors requirements allowing enlisted students to automatically receive credits toward their Community College of the Air Force degree for courses taken after April 15, 2008. In less than a week, Dr. […]

Retiree addresses ALS graduates

By Tech. Sgt. Angela Shepherd: 1st SOW Public Affairs Hurlburt Field, Fla. — Graduation day for Airman Leadership School students is a joyous occasion. However, the students of Class 08-F at Hurlburt Field’s ALS enjoyed an even happier day thanks to a special guest speaker. Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Eric Benken, […]

Brother, sister follow grandfather's path

By Master Sgt. Buffy Galbraith: AFSOC Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — They grew up with stories about his heroism and bravery as a 19-year-old soldier. They knew of his sacrifice to leave his new bride and his dedication to serve his nation. They were told he suffered a great loss and was never the […]

Airman awarded for rescuing two girls

By Capt. Amy Cooper Hurlburt Field, Fla. — The day started out as normal as they do in a combat area of Afghanistan, said Tech. Sgt. Clinton Beck, a pararescueman with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. He awoke with his team of elite special operators and began planning the day’s mission, he said. As the […]

Personal information: Keep it private

By Master Sgt. Pamela Vickers, AFSOC Privacy Act Manager HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — You receive a phone call requesting information about one of your coworkers. Specifically, the caller wants to know their rank, duty title and e-mail address. Do you know what information you can legally tell them? When dealing with a third party, certain […]

Cadets learn about special tactics

By Master Sgt. Buffy Galbraith, Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Nearly 30 Air Force Academy cadets took part in a Monster Mash here June 13 as part of an orientation course to experience life as a special tactics officer. The Monster Mash was a six-mile, on-base race that tested […]

19th SOS establishes detachment at Cannon Air Force Base

Last Son Tay mission helicopter retires after 38 years of service

By Tech. Sgt. Kristina Newton, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — A mission to rescue approximately 50 American prisoners of war from the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam in 1970 became a watershed event for Air Force special operations.

Let’s be Clovis

Clovis’ Steve Gershon was stationed at Clovis and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., during his military career.

2007 USSOCOM financial management awards

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Financial Managers dominated the 2007 USSOCOM Financial Management Awards, taking home nine of 14 categories. However, this is nothing new for the command. “Over the past six years, AFSOC has won 50 awards out of 70 nominations,” said Bill Rone, Headquarters AFSOC financial manager. “A highlight this […]

The pay’s not bad

Tuesday is the day to sign up if you’d like to run for county offices across New Mexico. Did you know a Curry County commissioner earns $19,584.24 a year, plus benefits? Did you know the county clerk and county treasurer each earn $49,120.76 a year, plus benefits? Some people can probably live on those salaries. […]