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Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, holds the guidon after assuming command of USSOCOM Mar. 30, 2016, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The former Commander, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, will become the commander of U.S. Central Command. (Courtesy photo) Thomas becomes 11th SOCOM Commander
Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel turned the helm of U.S. Special Operations Command over to Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas, during a Mar. 30 change of command ceremony at USSOCOM headquarters.Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter, presided over the time-honored change-of-command ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen.
0 5/02
2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Days of Remembrance
The National Days of Remembrance is an annual commemoration established by congress. The observance is scheduled to take place May 1-8; this year’s theme is “Learning from the Holocaust: Acts of Courage.” From 1933 to 1945, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led the German government in the systematic persecution and annihilation of Europe's Jewish
0 4/27
2016
From left to right, Col. Ben Maitre, 27th Special Operations Wing Commander, Lt. Col. Shawn Young, 27th Special Operations Air Operations Squadron commander, Lt. Col. Tony Diaz, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Joel Sloan, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron commander, break ground on the site where a new Range Control Officer Tower is scheduled to be built April 22, 2016 at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. The RCO Tower is the point from which a designated officer controls activity on MAFR, a 70,000-acre Air Force primary training range that is integral to making sure Special Operations Forces attached to United States Special Operations Command stay lethal and relevant to today’s fight (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Whitney Amstutz) 27th SOW breaks ground on new MAFR control tower
Leadership from the 27th Special Operations Wing broke ground on a new Melrose Air Force Range Control Officer Tower following a ceremony at the range, April 22.The RCO Tower is the point from which a designated officer controls activity on MAFR, a 70,000-acre Air Force primary training range that is integral to making sure Special Operations
0 4/26
2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Lead exposure in children, why it matters
Did you know you and your loved ones could routinely be exposed to lead? If you have children 6 years old or younger, even low levels of lead exposure may cause harm. It is important for parents to be knowledgeable of common products that contain lead to minimize exposure to children. Once negative effects of lead exposure occur in children, they
0 4/25
2016
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Air Force focuses on green bases this Earth Day
While Earth Day only comes around once a year on April 22, the Air Force strives to do its part every day by building cleaner, greener bases where Airmen and their families train, live and work.In the last fiscal year alone, the enterprise managed 295 renewable energy projects at 97 sites. This has contributed to the service’s 21 percent reduction
0 4/22
2016
An Air Commando assigned to the 27th Special Operations Wing conducts entry authorization procedures during a base-wide disease containment exercise April 8, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. This statewide exercise is conducted every five years, every two for the Air Force, and aids in the training of health agencies to properly prepare for and respond to potential public health emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Base partners with New Mexico for disease containment exercise
Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing partnered with several other state agencies to participate in the 2016 Spring Fever, April 5-9, a disease containment exercise. This statewide exercise is conducted every five years, every two for the Air Force, and aids in the training of health agencies to properly prepare for and respond to potential
0 4/20
2016
(U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Sleep is serious: Catch your Zzzs
“Beep. Beep. Beep,” the alarm blares. Time to get up. Do you hit snooze? On average, we spend 33 percent of our lives asleep. When assessing your overall health, have you considered your sleep habits? Sleep hygiene, as researchers call it, involves a variety of different behavioral practices which are necessary for quality sleep and full alertness
0 4/19
2016
(U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) The Order of the Sword
Arguably the most renowned aspect of the United States Military is its reverence for tradition. Tradition is engrained in the lives of all who have raised their right hand while swearing to protect the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Few traditions, however, are as ancient and honored as The Order of the Sword. Founded
0 4/18
2016
(U.S. Air Force graphic) Take part in a research study
Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing will have the opportunity to be part of a personalized medicine research study April 18 and 19.  Those interested in participating will have several opportunities and locations available to them: -Fitness Center: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. -Cannon Clinic: 8 a.m. to 10:30
0 4/13
2016
(Courtesy photo) Know the rules before you fly that new drone
With sales of drones expected to approach 700,000 this season, near-misses with military and commercial aircraft have increased. Federal Aviation Administration statistics show a surge in "close call with drone" reports by military and civilian pilots: nearly 700 incidents in 2015; roughly triple the amount recorded in 2014.The FAA has stated that
0 4/05
2016
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