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

AFSOC training unit at Cannon

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.

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 […]

AFSOC announces 2008 services award winners

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command has announced the winners of the 2008 Services Awards, which recognize individuals and teams for excellence and ingenuity in their field. The following AFSOC winners will be submitted for competition at the Air Force level: Arts and Crafts Program of the Year — Hurlburt Field Arts […]

Air Force press release: New mission approved

Release #07-015 August 21, 2007   AFSOC TO STAND UP WING AT CANNON AFB OCT. 1   HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command got a green light to press forward with its plans to stand up a special operations wing at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.   Mr. William C. Anderson, assistant […]

Flag returns to Hurlburt

CNJ Staff The 1st Special Operations Wing flag returns to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Thursday during a redesignation ceremony of the 16th SOW, according to a 16th SOW Public Affairs press release. It will be the first time the 1st SOW flag has flown at Hurlburt Field since Oct. 1, 1993, when Air Force officials redesignated […]

Civic leaders address concerns during Special Ops visit

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer panel of local civic leaders fielded questions about eastern New Mexico health care, real estate, schools and recreation Thursday at Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command, according to civic leaders. The local community representatives addressed the concerns of about 600 AFSOC personnel during the […]

Clovis officials bound for Hurlburt

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer This Thursday, a group of local officials will board a military aircraft headed for Hurlburt Field, Fla., home of the Air Force Special Operations Command. An MC-130 aircraft from Hurlburt will usher about a dozen regional officials to the installation, where they will meet with Air Force Special Operations […]

Realtor makes visit to customers at Hurlburt

By Mladen Rudman: Freedom Newspapers FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Sometimes you don’t wait for business to come to you. Representatives of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate of Clovis were at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort here on Friday — and plan to be there today and Sunday — offering relocation and housing information to […]

Hurlburt: We’re full

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLislePersonnel at Hurlburt Field work on simulations Wednesday. The Florida facility is the headquarters for the Air Force Special Operations Command, which plans to move a Special Operations Wing to Cannon Air Force Base. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Picture a full parking lot with nary […]

Special simulations

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleMaster Sgt. Dan Arnold explains the versatility of the Tactical Operations Medical Skills Lab and medical dummy By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Skinny tubes of blue neon their only source of light, John’s rescuers insert an air tube into his mouth. The sounds of war are deafening: Gunfire ricochets, tanks […]