the 705th Training
Group for more
than 1,375 days
without a DUI.
percent of base
goal reached! Runs
through May 6.
Leadership: Serving the right way
by Chief Master Sgt.
1st SOW command chief
Over the past 20 years, I
have had the pleasure and
honor of attending various
leadership and management
training platforms, listening
to and interacting with some
of our most notable theorists
and mentors of the present
time. These individuals have
spent countless hours looking
at the leadership paradigm
from every conceivable
And it seems like after
every encounter, my viewpoint
on leadership within
the organization undergoes
a slight transformation.
Yes, just when I think I
have it down and am ready
to press, another light goes
on requiring a quick vector
check of my current leadership
principles and values.
Well, roger that and rightfully
so, because it ensures we
are being responsive to our
people’s needs, especially
with our current Air Force
mission and focus on the
Global War on Terrorism,
transformation of our aging
fleet of aircraft and in taking
care of our Airmen and their
families. Albert Einstein once
said, “The only constant
in the universe is change,”
and includes choosing the
appropriate leadership style
that best serves the needs
of those we lead. Being
responsive to our people’s
needs sets them free to be
responsible in getting the
I often discuss leadership
principles and values with
Airmen, NCOs, senior NCOs
and officers. The two questions
that seem to surface
on more than one occasion
are: What are your thoughts
on leadership and authority
Do you have a preferred
method or rule of thumb for
My initial response to
both questions is: “Do you
Colonel Michael Smietana (center), 1st Special Operations Mission
Support Group commander, gives direction to two 1st
Special Operations Security Forces Squadron Airmen during an
exercise on base. The 1st Special Operations Wing Command
Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey Richardson believes the leaders
should follow the servant leadership policy to be the most effective
with the Airmen they oversee. Photo by Senior Airman
130 saves this year
Call AADD at
884-8844 for a free
have a few minutes or better
yet, would you like to
have lunch” Yes, as a
matter of fact, I do have a
rule of thumb for effective
leadership. It’s called servant
leadership. Let me take a
few minutes and explain this
simple concept to you.
Some might say leadership
and authority are the
same, that they go hand-inhand,
and that leadership
warrants authority. Or better
yet, leadership and authority
must be obtained at
the same time for effective
management and force utilization.
I beg to differ somewhat
in that they are earned
at separate levels called the
hierarchy of serving.
You see, this hierarchy
of serving is not new. It has
been conceptualized and
practiced for many years,
and more recently brought
back to life by the renowned
leadership theorist, James
Hunter. It basically says,
“We must first serve before
we can have the authority to
The way I see it, leadership
must first be earned in
order for it to be effective,
especially in today’s Air
Force. The hierarchy of serving
begins when we align
our intentions and actions
and select the proper behavior.
It’s through this “proper
behavior” that we choose
to identify and meet the
legitimate needs, not wants,
of people we lead. Meeting
the needs of others often
requires us to serve and even
make the ultimate sacrifice
at times. Yes, serving and
sacrificing for others allows
us to build this authority or
influence. And usually when
we build this authority with
people, we have earned the
right to be called a leader.
I have used this concept as
a foundation together with
other approaches to build
and steer my leadership continuum
for quite sometime.
This perspective tends to
square my actions and keep
me on the right level during
my everyday travels and
dealings with others.
Servant leadership is
about being tough and
assertive in terms of goals,
accountability, focus and
perseverance. It’s also about
being empathetic in terms
of listening with an honest
intent to understand, setting
aside preconceived notions,
valuing people as well as
results and acknowledging
the emotional impact of
work demands. The right
blend creates a sense of
trust and genuine caring, an
environment charged with
energy, confidence and motivation
and a leader who is
looked upon by followers as
being genuine and authentic.
Max Dupree once said,
“The first responsibility of
a leader is to define reality.
The last is to say thank you.
In between, the leader is a
When it’s all said and
done, effective leadership
comes down to identifying
and meeting the needs of the
people you serve.
The best way to remember
servant leadership is
like that of the shepherd
“because the flock is not
there for the sake of the
shepherd; the shepherd is
there for the sake of the
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Dog attack decoys provide critical training
by Senior Airman Gary Stevens
Slightly gray, worn heavily with
sweat and torn from wear, is an armmounted
bite sleeve used to protect
“decoys” from canine attack injuries.
Staff Sgt. Rebecca Lind, 1st Special
Operations Security Forces Squadron,
is the senior canine decoy training
instructor, oversees proper administering
of canine decoy and attack
training. She teaches regulated decoy
posturing to ensure the canines understand
proper aggression techniques
She teaches this course only to
civilian law enforcement personnel
and military individuals requiring
proficiency in canine handling procedures.
Military and civilian police personnel
train with 70 to 100 pound military
police dogs to ensure that both
police personnel and military dogs
understand how to better work with
one another. Classes usually have 10
to 15 attendees.
Class participants take on the role
of decoy utilizing full body and arm
only protective sleeves for the canines
Anyone who works on
a military base knows success
would be much harder
to come by if it weren’t for
the civilians working right
Four of Hurlburt’s civilian
employees recently reemphasized
Students opting for the arm sleeve
are kept safe by a steel bar safely
attached to interior of the sleeve.
“People typically do not use the
full body suit,” Sergeant Lind said. “It
can limit their mobility, making them
Sergeant Lind instructs each decoy
to act naturally and realistically, especially
when running from the animal.
“This helps the animal react practically
and properly to the assailant’s
movements,” she said.
After a simple command of “get
him” is administered by the dog handler,
the dog is underway to subdue
The dog bites onto the assailant’s
arm until the attacker has been subdued,
or goes limp.
When the dog handler assertively
tells the dog to sit, the animal ceases
its attack and remains stationary until
the handler can leash and restrain the
Second Lieutenant Thomas Brannen,
19th Special Operations Squadron,
who played the role of decoy
at a recent class, said it was a unique
experience. “How could I possibly
pass up the opportunity to be attacked
by a dog” he said.
they are to military operations
when they received
all of this year’s first quarter
awards from the Innovative
Employee Awareness program.
Previous quarters’ recipients
were either all military
or a mix of military and
“The IDEA program has
always been active here, but
there’s never been so much
civilian involvement,” said
Brenda Smith, the base’s
IDEA program analyst. “In
the past, active-duty military
made the majority of
the suggestions and won
the majority of the awards,
so it’s nice to finally see the
civilians getting involved
on such a large scale.”
The first quarter’s recipients
– Donald Savidge and
Hans Christian, both of the
1st Special Operations Civil
Engineer Squadron Fire
and Emergency Services
In the past, the Air Force
bought rechargeable fire
extinguishers that had to
be serviced every six and 12
years, costing the Air Force
unnecessary money for
maintenance. Mr. Savidge
and Mr. Christian recommended
that the Air Force
buy only non-rechargeable
are good for 12 years and
require no maintenance.
Staff Sgt. Andrew Rodriguez (left), 1st
Special Operations Security Forces
Squadron, directs Rony, a military
working dog, to attack an Airman who
volunteered to be a decoy. Rony uses
Airmen as chew toys as part of his
training April 11. Photos by Senior Airman
Civilians score big with IDEAs, save AF money
by Staff Sgt.
Don Savidge (left) and Hans Christian, 1st Special Operations
Civil Engineer Fire and Emergency Services Flight,
came up with an idea to use non-rechargable fire extinguishers.
Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Shepherd.
Their suggestion has saved
the Air Force $73,237 so far.
They both received $1,098.
– Brian Hanson, 1st
Special Operations Component
His suggestion to eliminate
rings from the AC-130U
radar system configuration
has saved the Air Force
$5,534 so far and earned
him a check for $830.
– Clayton Solberg,
1st Special Operations
He noticed that when
moisture drain holes were
added to aircraft bleed air
tubes, the new part numbers
were engraved directly
on the tube, weakening the
tube or making it unserviceable
He suggested that the
part numbers be chemically
etched instead. This
new procedure has saved
the Air Force $1,172 so far.
He received $200.
Photo by Master Sgt. Eric Tate
Second Lt. David Citrin, 3rd
Special Operations Squadron,
hales from Osage Beach, Mo. A
few of his hobbies include fellowship
with friends, mountain
biking, hiking, computers, reading,
cooking and international
His supervisor had this to say
about him: “Lieutenant Citrin
has, in short order, established
himself as an exemplary junior
officer. His sense of duty and
integrity has never been called
into question, and time and
again he has risen to meet challenges
head on. In addition to
directly contributing to the fledgling
squadron’s 6,000 plus tactical
reconnaissance sorties for
the Global War on Terrorism,
Lieutenant Citrin has volunteered
to serve as both the unit
fitness monitor and the squadron
Snack-O. He embodies the qualities
the 3rd SOS seeks in a young
His favorite part about being
stationed at Nellis Air Force
Base, Nev., is being able to have
a direct impact in GWOT.
Lieutenant Citrin’s best piece
of advice to Airmen is this:
“Don’t complain about the way
things are being done unless you
can think of a better way to do
things. Never accept a ‘no’ from
someone who doesn’t have the
authority to say ‘yes’.”
An Iranian Hostage Crisis:
1st SOW – sacrifices remembered
by Dr. John Glover
1st SOW chief historian
Recently, 15 British sailors and marines were held hostage in Iran. This
scenario is familiar to many Americans, and in particular, to members of the
1st Special Operations Wing.
In November 1979, Iranian “students” seized the U. S. Embassy in Tehran.
The embassy personnel were then held hostage for the return of the Shah of
Iran and for other perceived offenses against the new Islamic government
led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Over the next 444 days, the “hostage
crisis” was a nightly item on news broadcasts and became a factor in the
election defeat of incumbent President Jimmy Carter. The hostages were ultimately
released at the same moment President Ronald Reagan took his oath
For the better part of a year, however, the hostages were paraded on television,
and news coverage began to focus on the inability of the Carter administration
to free the American captives.
The situation was worsened by Iran’s seeming delight at American uncertainty.
People throughout the United States began to call for action. On April
24, 1980, highly-trained members of the four armed services made a valiant
attempt to rescue the 44 diplomats and servicemembers held hostage in the
Islamic republic of Iran.
What the vast majority of Americans did not know was that planning for
an armed rescue attempt began almost immediately after the embassy was
overrun. The code name for the overall operation was Rice Bowl, while the
operational portion was known as Eagle Claw. The operation was complex
and faced several limiting factors, among which were the relative isolation of
Tehran and the available courses of action which involved an increased risk
of equipment failure. One critical piece of the operation was a refueling and
overnight stay at a mid-desert site named Desert One. When the operation
finally launched on the night of April 24, 1980, equipment failures and unpredictable
dust storms caused the on-scene commanders to abort the mission.
As the rescue force prepared to evacuate Desert One, an H-53 helicopter
collided with a C-130. The collision caused a catastrophic fire that destroyed
both aircraft. Although there were desperate attempts to save them, three
Marines and five members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron died at
At the entrance to the Hurlburt Field Chapel is a memorial donated by
the citizens of Okaloosa County to honor fallen members of the 1st Special
The centerpiece of the memorial is a stained glass window that depicts
eight diamonds curving upward in a rainbow of color, to a starburst that
unites the lives of eight brave men who had the guts to try, men who met their
death in defense of their nation and their fellow Americans, men who slipped
the surly bonds of Earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
men who put out their hands and together touched the face of God.
(Above) The members from the 8th Special Operations Squadron
who died in the fatal accident during Operation Eagle
Claw were (left to right) Capt. Richard Bakke, Tech. Sgt. Joel
Mayo, Capt. Lyn McIntosh, Capt. Hal Lewis and Capt. Charles
(Right) The wreckage that was left after the helicopter and C-
130 collided in the desert during Operation Eagle Claw April 24,
1980. Courtesy photos.
April 20, 2007
Senior Airman Tim Stumpf, 1st Special Operations
Helicopter Maintenance Squadron
works on a helicopter part in a deployed
location. Courtesy photo.
Staff Sgt. Sean Kasperek, 1st Special Operations
Helicopter Maintenance Squadron,
works on a helicopter in a deployed location.
1st SOMXG celebrates great year
by Jamie Haig
The 1st Special Operations
Maintenance Group held their
annual maintenance bash April 13 in
Freedom Hangar, and this year, two
of their Airmen were Air Force-level
Maj. Abigail Ruscetta, 1st Special
Operations Component Maintenance
Squadron, won the 2006 Gen.
Lew Allen Jr., trophy, and Tech.
Sgt. Matthew Poole, 1st Special
Operations Helicopter Maintenance
Squadron, was the 2006 Lt. Gen. Leo
Marquez recipient for technician
supervisor of munitions.
“I think what we’re doing here
day in and day out is phenomenal,”
said Col. Socrates Greene, 1st
SOMXG commander. “We’re not
only supporting the Global War on
Terrorism, but we’re training and
conducting test missions as well.”
In the past five years that the U.S.
has been at war, the 1st SOMXG has
not left the battlefield once.
“We’re working in a battlefield
environment on aircraft that are, on
average, older than the maintainer,”
Colonel Greene said. “The average
age of our aircraft is 30 years old,
and the average age of our maintainers
is 18-24 years old.”
The aircraft are also complex; no
two are the same. Add into the mix a
hostile environment and bad weather,
and things could get tough.
This is why the 1st SOMXG
makes sure their Airmen are taken
More than 50 percent of the maintenance
group is Airmen who joined
the Air Force after Sept. 11, 2001.
The colonel understands they’re
young, but willing to learn.
When not deployed, the 1st
SOMXG has a rigid training schedule.
Colonel Greene is serious about
keeping his Airmen prepared to handle
anything at home or deployed.
“You cannot buy active-duty
experience,” the colonel said.
“People respond when they know
The Airmen of the 1st SOMXG
feel strongly about their mission and
“I thought the overall ‘excellent’
rating on last year’s operational
readiness inspection was definitely
a major success,” Sergeant Poole
said. “The camaraderie between the
deployed personnel was the best I’ve
ever seen in my career.”
Senior Airman Nate Webster,
1st Special Operations Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron, and his
coworkers agreed with that opinion.
“There is no question that we
work around the clock to make sure
planes fly. This ranges from workers
in the 1st Special Operations
Equipment Maintenance Squadron
all the way to the 1st SOAMXS, who
are actually launching the planes,”
Airman Webster said. “When we
deploy, we work at least 12 hour
shifts, seven days a week for our
whole deployment. We must know
our jobs up and down because
people’s lives are affected by our
Other 1st SOAMXS Airmen
agreed that maintenance is a 24-hour
They work hard and train hard
with little recognition, but add that’s
just their job.
Despite the intense operation
schedule, training at home to prepare
them for war, the test missions
on modified aircraft and the age of
the fleet – the 1st SOMXG has good
reason to celebrate.
from the 1st
on an aircraft
on the Hurlburt
are the backbone
Photo by Chief
Two 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group Airmen perform aircraft battle damage repair to a plane
in a deployed location. The 1st SOMXG celebrated a successful year of high operations deployments,
vigorous training and test missions. Courtesy photo.
Inside the gates ...
Household hazardous waste
The 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer
Squadron will hold household hazardous waste disposal
day from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. today at the storage
facility, Bldg. 90523, on RED HORSE Road. There is
no charge for disposal. For more information, call
Great American Clean Up
Volunteers are needed for the Great American
Clean Up 8 a.m. – noon Saturday in Navarre Park.
For more information, e-mail Shirley Brown at
The crisis line will hold a volunteer training class
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call
Sybie Hobbs at 244-9191.
Eagle Claw retreat
A retreat remembering the Airmen from
Operation Eagle Claw will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in
the Air Park. Rain location will be the chapel and the
dress is uniform of the day. For more information,
call Capt. Phil Laughlin at 881-4452.
The Health and Wellness Center will host a challenge
walk for the National Walking Challenge
Week celebration 11 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Tuesday on the
Aderholt Fitness Center track. The first 60 people to
enroll receive free pedometers. For more information,
call Amanda Cox at 884-4056.
Annual suicide awareness training is at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday in the deployment control center. For
more information, call Staff Sgt. Emily Miller at
Change of command
Lt. Col. Don Finley will take command of the
705th Training Squadron from Lt. Col. Rolanda
Burnett 3 p.m. Thursday in the formal training
unit auditorium, Bldg. 90020. Uniform of the day
is battle dress uniform. For more information, call
Maj. Keith Jansa at 884-3119.
BHV rummage sale
Bob Hope Village will host a rummage sale 8
a.m. – noon April 28 in the BHV community center
at 30 Holly Ave. in Shalimar. Tables are available for
$10. For more information, call Becky Brice-Nash at
A retirement ceremony for Maj. Russell Sullivan,
4th Special Operations Squadron, will be at 2 p.m.
April 27 in the 4th SOS auditorium. Uniform of the
day is battle dress uniform. For more information,
call Capt. Nate McClure at 884-6127.
A retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. Russell
Parish, 25th Intelligence Squadron, will be at 9 a.m.
April 27 in the deployment control center briefing
room. Uniform of the day is battle dress uniform.
For more information, call Master Sgt. James Matos
A retirement ceremony for Cliff Dawson, Air
Force Special Operations Command, will be held
at 9 a.m. April 30 in The Soundside. Uniform of the
day is BDUs. For more information, call Tech. Sgt.
Sean Pratt at 884-5260.
The Commando Warrior Prayer Luncheon will
be 11 a.m. May 1 in Commando Hangar. Chaplain
(Maj. Gen.) Charles Baldwin, Air Force chief of
chaplains, will be the guest speaker. For more information,
The Air Force Special Operations Command
Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet is 6 p.m.
May 5 in the Emerald Coast Conference Center.
Tickets are $30 and on sale now. For more information,
contact your unit first sergeant.
The 6th Ranger Training Battalion will host
an open house 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. May 6 at Camp
Rudder. The day starts with the 5K/10K Swamp
Ranger Trail Run and displays and demonstrations
start at 10 a.m. For more information, call Capt.
Jesse Ceja at 882-1164.
The Middle East Orientation Course convenes
May 7-11. This course is for personnel preparing to
live in or deploy to the Middle East, who work with
individuals from this region, or have a professional
or analytical interest in the area. Spouses are welcome
to attend on a space-available basis. For more
information, call Maj. Stephanie Kelley at 884-7988.
For more information on this course, visit https://
The Gulf Coast chapter of the American Society
of Military Comptrollers has nine scholarships available
to students. Application are available at www.
gulfcoastasmc.org/education.htm. The deadline is
May 7. For more information, call John Diniger at
883-3542 or Vera McBride at 882-5346.
The Team Hurlburt Quarterly Awards Breakfast
will be held at 8 a.m. May 9 in The Soundside.
Purchase tickets through your unit’s first sergeant.
For more information, call Master Sgt. Chuck Collins
Okaloosa-Walton College summer classes start
May 7. Classes are available in weekend or evening
sessions. For more information, call 884-6296.
The University of West Florida will host advisory
sessions for information technology classes through
May 10 on Eglin Air Force Base. Scholarships are
available to students who register by May 1. For
more information, call Nicole Gislason at 800-710-
The 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness
Squadron has supply block training the third
Wednesday of each month, and the next classes are
May 16 at the following times and places:
Bldg. 90710 – 1-2 p.m., Block I – general indoctrination;
2-3 p.m., Block IIA – bench stock; 3-4 p.m.,
Block IIB – repair cycle.
Bldg. 90120 – 8:30-10:30 a.m., Block III – Equipment
management/deployed equipment management.
For more information, call the 1st SOLRS at 884-
Troy University is accepting new student applications
for the summer term. For more information,
Airmen Against Drunk Driving needs volunteer
dispatchers and drivers. If you’re interested in helping,
e-mail the AADD president at megan.stanton@
U.S. Air Force Concert Band, Singing Sergeants
The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will
perform 3 p.m. Sunday in the Okaloosa-Walton College Arts
Center in Niceville.
The concert is free and open to the public.
For tickets or more information, call 729-6000, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
April 20, 2007
OPFOR breaks ground on new facility
by Jamie Haig
The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron’s Range
Support Flight broke ground on a new building Monday
for their Opposition Forces section after their current facility
The Opposing Force/Assault Zone Facility will be the
new home to this detachment of the 1st SOSS.
“The building we’re currently in was built in 1952 when
this was Eglin Air Force Base Auxiliary Field 9, Camp
Donald J. Hurlburt,” said Maj. Samuel Osborne, 1st SOSS
assistant director of operations. “We’re excited about the
The old building was condemned because of asbestos
and previous storm damage. Some of the rooms are permanently
padlocked to keep personnel out.
“Our new building isn’t large. It will support about 13
people and equipment,” Major Osborne said.
Major Osborne, the building project lead, and said the
building will be complete in November.
OPFOR works with Hurlburt Field Airmen in a variety
of exercises – playing what the name indicates – opposition
“OPFOR conducts a wide variety of air and ground
training scenarios for the 1st Special Operations Group
and other joint special forces teams,” said Capt. Sean
McBride, 1st SOSS range support assistant flight commander.
“Our mission is to foster the ‘train like we fight’
mindset by providing the aircrew and ground teams with
the most realistic training available.
by Tech. Sgt.
A USProtect guard working at
the visitor control center reported
two suspected fraudulent Texas ID
cards. A police patrol was dispatched
and made contact with two civilians
who were attempting to come
on base to work as day laborers.
The patrolman confirmed the cards
appeared to be fake and contacted
the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office,
who dispatched a patrol. Further
investigation confirmed the cards
were fake and the individuals were
illegal aliens. The two individuals
were arrested and transported to the
Minor vehicle accident:
A guard at the main gate notified
the law enforcement desk of a minor
vehicle accident. The driver stated
he looked down for a moment, and
when he looked back up traffic had
stopped. He attempted to stop and
bumped into the vehicle in front of
him. One vehicle was not damaged
and the other received minor damage.
Theft of personal property:
A military member reported he
was at the ATM in the parking lot of
the base library withdrawing money
when he forgot to retrieve his card
from the ATM. When he realized
his card was missing he called his
bank to report it stolen. The bank
told him there was another transaction
for $300 immediately after his
initial withdrawal. The 1st Special
Operations Security Forces Squadron
continues to investigate.
A military member stated his 2003
Emerald Coast boat trailer pulley
mechanism was taken while his boat
was parked at an on base storage lot.
“Jeff Morrison, the OPFOR section supervisor, has done
a superior job providing Air Force Special Operations
Command with the capability to conduct realworld training
to meet mission objectives. Requests for OPFOR training
have significantly increased over the years, and this
new facility is a great addition for us to conduct business,”
the captain added.
Captain McBride also said that range support has
recently acquired new advanced simulated surface-to-air
threat equipment to utilize for aircrew training.
The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron broke ground
Monday on a new facility for the opposition forces unit.
Shown left to right are Jeffrey Morrison, OPFOR supervisor,
Maj. Samuel Osborne, 1st SOSS assistant director of
operations, Lt. Col. Bill West, 1st SOSS commander, Col.
Mark Alsid, 1st Special Operations Group commander and
Spike Lord of Lord and Son Construction. Photo by Staff Sgt.
Behind the badge: latest from the cop shop
1st SOSFS continues to investigate.
While searching a vehicle at the
main gate, a USProtect guard found
what appeared to be an illegal controlled
substance in a wallet, which
was lying in the seat of the vehicle.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office
was contacted and dispatched a deputy.
The deputy arrived on scene
and took the vehicle operator into
Driving under the influence of
alcohol and consumption of alcohol
by a minor:
A military member approached the
main gate and could not produce
his military ID card. The USProtect
guard detected a strong odor of alcohol
on the driver’s breath. The driver
consented to perform a standard field
sobriety test and failed all portions of
the test. A police patrol apprehended
and transported the driver to the law
enforcement desk for further processing.
The driver performed a test of
his breath, which showed his breath
alcohol content was above the legal
limit. The driver was issued a traffic
ticket, and a base-wide driving revo-
See BADGE, page 11
fun but do
Courtesy of 1st SOW
The 101 Critical Days of
Summer are just around the corner,
and as the weather warms
up, the summer party season
Enjoy the benefits of living in
this area, but do so responsibly,
and take care of your wingmen.
Here are a few lessons learned
that will help you have a safe
summer and stay out of the nofly
During the summer, more
Airmen head to bars and clubs.
You can easily avoid most trouble
by simply having a plan for
getting home and following that
plan. Many DUIs and other incidents
result from having a plan
but not following it.
Don’t let yourself down; if
your plan falls apart, call for
a ride. Good wingmen don’t
let each other drink and drive.
Remember that under Florida
law, even sitting in a car to sleep
it off or entering your car for
any reason could lead to a DUI.
Think it through before you head
out for the evening.
Boating is another popular
summer pastime. Some may not
realize this, but it’s a crime to
operate a boat while intoxicated.
It’s also dangerous, so choose a
designated driver for your boat,
Also, don’t leave your common
sense on the shore. Some Airmen
found out that simply throwing
beer bottles at another boat with
people is a felony crime. Don’t let
that be you. Being on the water is
a great escape from our daily
routine, but it’s not an escape
from responsible behavior.
A final lesson shouldn’t need
repeating, but history shows that
it does: Don’t use drugs. It really
is that simple – don’t use, but
every year, Airmen lose careers
and pick up criminal convictions.
There is nothing at any party or
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An Expeditionary Combat Skills Training students take cover in the brush under the haze of a smoke bomb during the combat training scenario. The most recent
ECST class took place April 11-13 on Hurlburt Field. Photo by 2nd Lt. Lauren Johnson.
ECST prepares Airmen for deployment
by 2nd Lt. Lauren Johnson
Who would have thought all those hours spent
playing paintball and in the arcade would be put
to use in the Air Force For Airmen going through
Expeditionary Combat Skills Training, they very
well could be.
Recently, the Air Force mandated ECST for
deploying Airmen in non-combative career fields,
and Hurlburt Field hosted its third session April
“The Air Force has always been behind the
(front) line, but now we’re right in the mix of
things,” said Tech. Sgt. Gary Barrow, 1st Special
Operations Security Forces Squadron and training
NCO-in-charge. “The course is designed for
Airmen who wouldn’t otherwise receive combat
ECST provides classroom and hands-on instruction
in self aid and buddy care, basic weapon use,
and field and urban combat skills.
During the first training day, Airmen use the
Fire Arms Training Simulator, a virtual M-16 target
shoot that resembles a video game.
Staff Sgt. Jason Chapman, 1st SOSFS, said FATS
has been around for several years as an element of
traditional security forces training. FATS focuses
on fundamentals and allows Airmen to “analyze
problems and eliminate them before working with
live fire,” he said.
The trainees fire a series of rounds at an onscreen
target, then the program analyzes each shot
by mapping gun movement that occurred prior to
the shot, which can disrupt accuracy.
The results bring surprise, and often laughter,
to the students.
“It’s cool to see what you’re doing before you
shoot,” said Senior Airman Dustin Lundgren,
1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance
Squadron. “It can help with anticipation before the
Airmen Lundgren said it’s harder than it looks,
but he enjoyed using the system.
“I didn’t know we had video games,” he said. “I
can’t wait for the upgrades.”
Day two brings students outdoors and features
instruction in individual and team field movements.
Airmen navigate their small groups back
and forth across the field with commands to move
forward, drop and cover.
“It’s fairly rigorous, especially with the body
armor,” said Senior Airman Stephen Edwards,
505th Training Squadron. The trainees work with
35 pounds of equipment.
Airman Edwards said most of the classmates
weren’t acquainted before ECST, but the training
brings them together quickly.
“There are only three people from my squadron
in this class,” he said. “There are a few distinct
groups, but everyone is good about chatting, talking
and sharing experiences they’ve had.”
Group dynamics are key on the last day of training,
where ECST culminates in a series of scenarios
to test the students’ skills.
The scenarios are designed to reflect situations
Airmen might find themselves in while deployed,
Sergeant Barrow said.
Airmen are equipped with full body armor,
including masks and helmets, and M-16 rifles
modified for simunitions, which mark direct hits
similar to paintball rounds.
With guns in hand and new skills up their
sleeves, they fight their way through an ambush at
a broken-down vehicle, defend a piece of land, and
weave through buildings and enemy fire to secure
a helicopter landing zone.
According to Sergeant Barrow, the course is a
“We’re doing well,” he said. “The course is ever
evolving, ever changing to adapt to new tactics
and techniques used in theater.”
Airman Edwards said the course gives students
an idea of what to expect in a deployed environment.
“It’s a good course,” he said. “For anyone going
on their first deployment, it’s very beneficial.”
April 20, 2007
During a combat training scenario,
Skills Training students work
to fend off an ambush next
to their broken down vehicle.
Photos by 2nd Lt. Lauren
An Airman transports a wounded comrade to a safe location during a combat training
scenario at ECST. The ECST students received training in self aid and buddy care as part
of the course.
Two ECST students catch their breath and refill their magazine cartridges
after a combat training scenario.
April 20, 2007
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or gathering you attend
this summer worth using an
illegal drug for, not a girl, not
a guy, not to fit in – nothing.
Before you make a decision
that could affect the
rest of your life, give it some
thought. If you do, you won’t
use. Good wingmen will help
keep you on the right path.
Summer is a time to enjoy
the Gulf Coast, and if you
take an honest look around
you, you will notice that the
people who enjoy it the most
enjoy it responsibly.
Be part of the crowd that
enjoys life. Be part of the team
and take care of yourselves
and your wingmen this summer.
The 101 Critical Days of Summer
begin Memorial weekend.
Airmen are reminded to play
it safe this summer. Photo by
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cation/suspension letter, and
released to his first sergeant.
If you have any information
concerning a crime,
please call the 1st SOSFS control
center at 884-7777.
Did you know
Excessive noise from vehicles
is prohibited on Hurlburt
Any noise which can be
heard 100 feet or more away
from the vehicle is considered
excessive. This includes music
and loud mufflers.
Also, off road vehicles,
including dirt bikes and
four wheelers, may not be
driven on base, including in
Contact police services
at 884-6185 if you have any
Up and over!
A special tactics Airman climbs
a tower during an Advanced
Skills Training live-fire exercise
April 12. Combat controllers,
pararescuemen and special
operations weathermen assigned
to the special tactics
squadrons attend AST training
before being designated
Photo by Chief Master Sgt.
April 20, 2007
patience at gates
Courtesy of 1st SOSFS
Spring is here and summer
is on the way. With the
sunny Florida days also come
frequent storms. When the
weather is bad, there may be
delays at the base gates.
Keep the following in
mind when planning a trip
to the base.
During lighting warnings,
there will be delays
at all gates. Current Air
Force Special Operations
Command directives prohibit
outdoor activity during
Therefore, vehicles cannot
be searched and only the lane
closest to the gate shack can
be open for normal traffic.
The one open lane will only
be manned by one guard, to
ensure all guards are able to
remain under cover.
Check the weather forecast
and plan to leave for work
earlier than normal if rain is
predicted for the morning.
If there are delays at the
gates, there is no need to contact
the 1st Special Operations
Security Forces Squadron
During inclement weather,
the control center is aware
of the conditions at the gates.
Calling to report a traffic
back up at the gate ties up
personnel who are needed to
handle emergency calls.
Patience and courtesy are
the best options during temporary
back ups at the gates.
Call police services at 884-
6185 if you have any questions.
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A USProtect guard checks an ID card from a person entering
Hurlburt Field. The 1st Special Operations Security Forces
Squadron reminds all motorists that when it rains, delays at both
gates are inevitable. The guards are required to be under cover
for safety purposes, which will restrict traffic to one lane.
The 1st SOSFS asks motorists to be patient during inclement
Babies! Look who’s new in pink, blue
Congratulations to the newest members of the Air
Force family and their parents!
Ellie Helen Martin was born Feb. 24 to Senior
Airman Michael and Katherine Martin, 1st Special
Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Callie Mae Garcia was born Feb. 25 to Staff
Sgt. Sampson and Michelle Garcia, 1st Special
Operations Medical Operations Squadron
Sophia Renee Keeton was born Feb. 26 to Senior
Airman Mike and Vanessa Keeton, 1st Special
Operations Component Maintenance Squadron
Paige Esther Kozik was born Feb. 26 to Tech.
Sgt. Jason and Emily Kozik, 1st Special Operations
Equipment Maintenance Squadron
Abigail Nicole Sampson was born Feb. 27 to
Airman 1st Class James and Alisha Sampson,
1st Special Operations Helicopter Maintenance
Ava Scarlett Craig was born to Staff Sgt. Travis
Craig, 1st Special Operations Wing Judge Advocate,
and Tech. Sgt. Katie Craig, 1st SOMDOS
Sydney Lynn Ehle was born March 11 to Staff
Sgt. Ryan and Amie Ehle, 1st SOHMXS
Noelani Martinez was born March 16 to
Maj. Kato and Gail Martinez, Air Force Special
Wyatt Timothy Weaver was born Feb. 26 to
Staff Sgt. Joshua and Rosa Weaver, 1st SOAMXS
Alexander Halden Martin was born Feb. 26 to
1st Lt. Randy Martin, 711th Special Operations
Squadron, and Capt. Danah Martin, Air Force
Operational Test and Evaluation Center
Ethan Jacob Sugatan was born March 3 to
Tech. Sgt. Nathaniel and Edna Sugatan, 1st Special
Operations Medical Support Squadron
Hudson James Bowen Evans was born March 6
to Staff Sgt. Ian and Marissa Evans, 1st SOCMS
Benjamin Porter Springer was born March 9 to
Special Agent Larry and Talita Springer, Air Force
Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 309
Alexander Lucas Brumfield was born March 10
to Senior Airman Anthony and Lacey Brumfield,
Wesley Aaron Bartoszek was born March 12 to
Senior Airman Brandon and Ashley Bartoszek, 1st
Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron
Isaiah Ignacio Mora was born March 14 to
Special Agent Fernando and Adriane Mora, AFOSI,
Gabriel Philip Brown was born March 16 to
Staff Sgt. Jason and Jaime Brown, 25th Intelligence
Michael Declan Jones was born March 19 to
Tech. Sgt. Shawn and Amanda Jones, AFSOC
Jackson Taylor Helton was born March 21 to
Capt. Brian and Ivy Helton, 15th SOS
Tabahri Omarion Arrington was born March 21
to Tech. Sgt. Christopher Arrington, 505th Training
Squadron and Tech. Sgt. Latoya Arrington, 1st
Landen Xavier Hall was born March 24 to
Airman 1st Class Steven and Lacie Hall, 1st
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