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A combat controller directs a CV-22 for landing during a training exercise in Green River, Utah, July 26, 2016. The full mission profile provided these Airmen an opportunity to practice their core competencies and hone their skills in unfamiliar terrain similar to what they might encounter overseas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams) 27th SOW tests new capabilities in unfamiliar terrain
In late July, for the very first time, the 27th Special Operations Wing conducted a full mission profile hundreds of miles away in the mountainous terrain of Utah and Colorado.The training provided Air Commandos with the chance to identify their strengths and weaknesses in an unfamiliar location while also testing brand new mission
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Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert D. Gaylor, fifth Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, laughs while speaking at a senior NCO induction ceremony during his visit to Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 11, 2016. Gaylor acted as the guest speaker and provided newly selected master sergeants with guidance on the next step in their career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke Kitterman/Released) Fifth CMSAF shares experiences during Cannon visit
In 1948, an 18 year old Robert Gaylor enlisted into the barely one-year-old U.S. Air Force to serve in the security police career field. He dedicated the next 31 years to the force, fulfilling multiple leadership roles until ultimately retiring at the highest enlisted position possible.Now 86, retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert D.
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The B-29 ‘Enola Gay,’ gets prepared for a mission, 1945 at the Island of Tinian. (Courtesy photo) AFSOC Heritage and the Manhattan Project
Seventy-one years ago this month, the 509th Composite Wing executed the first operational deployment and use of nuclear weapons in history. In the context of the Manhattan Project, the historic development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, N.M., and also the Enola Gay and Bockscar, are the most familiar stories in both popular culture and military
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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb addresses the assembled Air Commandos and guests July 19 as the newly installed commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. Webb returns to Hurlburt Field as the 11th AFSOC commander, where he previously served as a squadron, wing and numbered air force commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Garrett)
Webb takes command of AFSOC
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb took command of Air Force Special Operations Command July 19 here in the Freedom Hangar.Gen. David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, presided over the ceremony where Webb replaced Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, who will go on to serve as the principal deputy director of cost assessment and program evaluation in the Office of
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(U.S. Air Force graphic/Tech. Sgt. Manuel Martinez) Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special operations
-- In a move to meet the high-demand signal for the Air Force’s Battlefield Airmen, the service announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum dated April 25.The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to retrain into the Special Tactics career fields, should they be selected
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(U.S. Air Force Graphic by Staff Sgt. Eboni Reams) Paper, money, muscle accomplish mission requirements
The teamwork of the 27th Special Operations Contracting, Civil Engineer and Comptroller Squadrons is not often recognized, but the Air Commandos of Cannon Air Force Base reap the benefits of the hard work of these agencies every day.These Air Commandos cross-utilize their strengths seamlessly as separate entities to accomplish a no-fail mission
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, Commander Air Force Special Operations Command, presents the guidon, representing assumption of command, to Col. Benjamin Maitre, incoming 27th SOW commander, Feb. 17, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Heithold presided over the ceremony where he conveyed directly to Air Commandos his appreciation for the outstanding, sustained efforts by Team Cannon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Chip Slack) 27th SOW welcomes new commander
Members of the 27th Special Operations Wing gathered as the guidon was passed from Col. Tony D. Bauernfeind to Col. Benjamin R. Maitre, signifying the changing of command from one commander to another, Feb. 17. Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, Commander Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony and touched on his appreciation
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(U.S. Air Force photo) AFSOC Priority #4: Modernize and Sustain the Force
Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of articles focusing on each of the four AFSOC priorities.Air Commandos,I am extremely proud of your achievements as we continue to fight in complex and dangerous areas around the world. Air Force Special Operations Command has been in constant combat for 14 years and I want to make sure you are
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