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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Col. Clark selected for Hurlburt position

Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s commander is returning to Florida for his next assignment with the Air Force. The Air Force Times reported Col. Stephen Clark, who was recently selected for promotion to brigadier general, will become director of plans, programs, requirements and assessments for Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters at Hurlburt […]

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 […]

Command chief selected for top enlisted position at Hurlburt

Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner Cannon Connections staff Cannon Air Force Base’s Chief Master Sgt. William H. Turner, Command Chief of the 27th Special Operations Wing, has been chosen as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Special Operations Command in Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to a news release. Turner’s new position is […]

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 […]

Officials reviewing command, control training infrastructure

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Air Force officials awarded an independent-study contract to DP Technology Services Inc., Aug. 16, for studying the development of an advanced operational-level C2, or command and control, training campus. “This study is the first step in developing a solution which will benefit Air Force C2 in the […]

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 […]

Historic squadron’s legacy continues

USAF photo: Senior Airman Matthew Loken Lieutenant Col. Justin Hoffman salutes the airmen of the newly activated 34th Special Operations Squadron after assuming command April 9. During the ceremony the 1st Special Operations Group reactivated and redesignated the 34th Troop Carrier Squadron as the 34th Special Operations Squadron and Hoffman was named commander, continuing a […]

Investigation results point to crew error

Freedom New Mexico Human error was ruled in a November crash involving a Cannon Air Force Base crew and aircraft in Mali. According to information from the Air Force Association, and confirmed by the public affairs office of Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla., an aircrew from Cannon’s 524th Special Operations Squadron […]

Two Hurlburt Field airmen die in CV-22 crash

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla, — Maj. Randell D. Voas and Senior Master Sgt. James B. Lackey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron died April 8 when their CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan. An U. S. Army Soldier and a civilian employee also died in the crash, and several other service members […]

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

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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 […]

H1N1 cases identified at Hurlburt AFB

By Amy Oliver: 1st SOW Public Affairs Four Hurlburt Field Airmen have tested positive for the H1N1 virus and 59 others currently have symptoms consistent with the H1N1 virus. Most of the illnesses are clustered within one work center and a few are roommates with members who are from that work center. All are recuperating […]

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

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

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 […]