Honors —

Pavalok John A. Pavalok of Portales recently graduated from the Naval Officer Training School in Newport, R.I., and has been commissioned as O-1 Ensign and will be assigned to Pensacola, Fla., for pilot training to become a naval aviator. He is the son of George and Mary Pavalok of Portales.

Special Ops officer killed in Kabul shooting

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — An officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command died Feb. 25 of wounds suffered from a gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom and working in the Government of the Islamic Republic […]

Hurlburt airmen die in U-28A crash

USAF photo The U-28A, seen in this file photo, is a single engine, manned fixed wing aircraft developed around the Pilatus PC-12 airframe that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in support of special operations forces. Courtesy 1st SOW Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Capt. Ryan P. Hall from the 319th Special Operations Squadron, […]

Birthdays —

McAlavy Donald K. McAlavy of St. Petersburg, Fla. celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec. 30 in Largo, Fla. The celebration was hosted by Kim (McAlavy) Siewert, it was a suprise western themed party. Donald was born Dec. 30, 1931 in Clovis. He has six children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Accuracy important in marriage

Grant McGee On our recent vacation we stopped to visit family in Pensacola, Fla. It was still another 10 hours of driving, one way, to visit my mom in south Florida. “That’s a long way,” said The Lady of the House. “I might just want to stay here with my sister.” “My brother has a […]

Mission complete: Our fallen honored

USAF: Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall Friends, family and co-workers show support while marching alongside 18 Special Tactics airmen as they complete an 812-mile memorial march from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to Hurlburt Field, Fla. The Tim Davis Memorial March is conducted each year that a Special Tactics airman loses his life in defense of […]

Actions earn airman Air Force Cross

Courtesy photo: Devon Ravine Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, Air Force Cross recipient and combat controller, poses with Sergeant First Class Mike Jones, 7th Special Forces Group medic. Jones saved Gutierrez’ life twice during a 2009 mission in Afghanistan. The two friends participated in the 812-mile Tim Davis Memorial March from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas […]

CSAF presents Air Force Cross, Silver Star in ceremony at Hurlburt Field

USAF: Staff Sgt. Sharida Jackson Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz presents the Silver Star to Tech. Sgt. Ismael Villegas, during a ceremony on Oct. 27 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Villegas was awarded the Silver Star, the third highest military decoration, for his gallantry in action against enemy forces while deployed in support […]

Weddings — Aug. 7

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Landers Crystal Marie Bailon of Orlando, Fla., and Benjamin Paul Landers of Orlando, were joined in marriage July 11, 2011, in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The Rev. George Doumanian performed a sunset ceremony on the beach. The bride is the daughter of Gergorio and Suan Bailon of Fort Sumner. She is the granddaughter of the late […]

Weddings —

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Griffith Brittany L. Behenna of Albuquerque and Brady D. Griffith of Floyd were joined in marriage June 11, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque. The Rev. Bruce Wilder performed the wedding ceremony. The bride is the daughter of William Mark and Jessica Behenna of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and Melody Behenna of Corrales. She is […]

Male mentors step up to fill the hole in children’s’ lives

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Cathy Keen GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Desperately needed as youth mentors, some men are answering the call despite negative publicity about male transgressions that can keep them at arm’s length from children and teenagers, says a University of Florida researcher. Today’s high rates of divorce, single parenting and working mothers place a greater premium on men […]

Col. Slife takes command of 1st Special Operations Wing

Northwest Florida Daily News: Devon Ravine Col. James C. Slife, right, salutes Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, on Wednesday after taking over the 1st Special Operations Wing. By Mona Moore: Northwest Florida Daily News HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — It took only 35 minutes Wednesday morning for Col. […]

Casey Anthony not guilty

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago. Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less […]

EOD memorial ceremony honors fallen heroes

USAF: Samuel King Jr. Rows of explosive ordnance disposal airmen fill the stands at this year’s EOD Memorial Ceremony on May 7 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Fifteen new names were added to the EOD Memorial Wall this year. By Lois Walsh: 96th Air Base Wing Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

Cops: Man fires at Florida school board; kills self

The Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A gunman walked up to a podium, spray painted a red “V” with a circle around it then opened fire at a school board meeting Tuesday, sending audience members scrambling, then exchanged shots with a security guard before killing himself, police said. No one else was injured. In […]

‘Team Mom’ supports soldiers

U.S. Army photo: Tim Hipps All-Army women’s softball coach Sgt. 1st Class Rob Bailey of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., hangs his gold medal around the neck of Debra Rogers, mother of All-Army second baseman Dann Rogers of Camp Walker, Korea, at the 2010 Armed Forces Softball Championships at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. Despite battling […]

Gen. Wurster receives The Order of the Sword

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By Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster: Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — The enlisted men and women of Air Force Special Operations Command notified their commander of his nomination for induction into The Order of the Sword here Aug. 31, 2010. Lt. Gen. Donald C. Wurster graciously received the news […]

Selectees to Air Commando Hall of Fame announced

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force Special Operations Command officials announced the 2010 Air Commando Hall of Fame selectees Aug. 13. These men were chosen for their significant contributions to worldwide special operations. Through their leadership and dedication, were instrumental in the success and accomplishments in the field […]

Air Commando One remembered

By Senior Airman Ryan Whitney: 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — More than 500 friends, family members and servicemembers gathered at here to honor and remember “Air Commando One” during a memorial ceremony July 2. Airmen of all ranks, including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Medal of […]