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Leadership: Serving the right way

by Chief Master Sgt.

Jeffrey Richardson

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

angle.

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

mission accomplished.

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

effective leadership

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

Stephanie Jacobs.

130 saves this year

Call AADD at

884-8844 for a free

ride home

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

lead.”

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

servant.”

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

flock.”

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COMMANDO

April 20, 2007


Dog attack decoys provide critical training

by Senior Airman Gary Stevens

Public Affairs

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

toward assailants.

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

to attack.

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

beside them.

Four of Hurlburt’s civilian

employees recently reemphasized

how important

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

uncomfortable.”

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 aggressor.

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

dog.

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

Development through

Employee Awareness program.

Previous quarters’ recipients

were either all military

or a mix of military and

civilians.

“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

were:

– Donald Savidge and

Hans Christian, both of the

1st Special Operations Civil

Engineer Squadron Fire

and Emergency Services

Flight.

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

extinguishers, which

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

Gary Stevens.

Civilians score big with IDEAs, save AF money

by Staff Sgt.

Angela Shepherd

Public Affairs

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

Maintenance Squadron.

His suggestion to eliminate

unnecessary polarizing

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

Maintenance Operations

Squadron.

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

altogether.

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.

Air

Commando

Salute

2nd Lt.

David

Citrin

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

affairs.

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

officer.”

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’.”

COMMANDO


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

of office.

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

the scene.

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

Operations Wing.

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

McMillan.

(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.

COMMANDO

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.

Courtesy photo.

1st SOMXG celebrates great year

by Jamie Haig

COMMANDO editor

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

award recipients.

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

care of.

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

you care.”

The Airmen of the 1st SOMXG

feel strongly about their mission and

work environment.

“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

actions.”

Other 1st SOAMXS Airmen

agreed that maintenance is a 24-hour

operation.

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.

An Airman

from the 1st

SOMXG works

on an aircraft

on the Hurlburt

Field flightline.

Maintainers

are the backbone

of any

flying squadron

and the

1st SOMXG

just celebrated

an outstanding

year in

all-around

performances

whether home

or deployed.

Photo by Chief

Master Sgt.

Gary Emery.

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.

COMMANDO


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

884-4651.

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

slb1016@bellsouth.net.

Crisis volunteer

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.

HAWC walk

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.

Suicide awareness

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

881-5061.

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

651-2635.

Retirements

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

at 884-2847.

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.

Prayer luncheon

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,

call 884-7795.

AFSOC OAY

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.

Ranger camp

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.

USAFSOS courses

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://

www.hurlburt.af.mil/milonly/tenantunits/jsou.

ASMC scholarships

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.

Awards breakfast

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

at 884-7195.

OWC

Okaloosa-Walton College summer classes start

May 7. Classes are available in weekend or evening

sessions. For more information, call 884-6296.

UWF

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-

3233.

Supply class

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-

4055.

Troy University

Troy University is accepting new student applications

for the summer term. For more information,

call 884-6616.

AADD volunteers

Airmen Against Drunk Driving needs volunteer

dispatchers and drivers. If you’re interested in helping,

e-mail the AADD president at megan.stanton@

hurlburt.af.mil.

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.

COMMANDO

April 20, 2007


OPFOR breaks ground on new facility

by Jamie Haig

COMMANDO editor

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

was condemned.

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

new building.”

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

forces.

“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.

Parrish Hollingsworth

1st SOSFS

Civil arrest:

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

sheriff’s office.

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.

Angela Shepherd.

Behind the badge: latest from the cop shop

1st SOSFS continues to investigate.

Civilian arrested:

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

custody.

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

Enjoy

summer

fun but do

it safely

Courtesy of 1st SOW

Judge Advocate

The 101 Critical Days of

Summer are just around the corner,

and as the weather warms

up, the summer party season

gears up.

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

zone.

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,

too.

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

See SUMMER, page 11

COMMANDO


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

Public Affairs

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

11-13.

“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

training.”

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

shot.”

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

success.

“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.”

COMMANDO

April 20, 2007


During a combat training scenario,

Expeditionary Combat

Skills Training students work

to fend off an ambush next

to their broken down vehicle.

Photos by 2nd Lt. Lauren

Johnson.

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.

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Continued from

SUMMER, page 7

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

Jamie Haig.

Continued from

BADGE, page 7

cation/suspension letter, and

released to his first sergeant.

Help wanted

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

Field.

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

Commando Village.

Contact police services

at 884-6185 if you have any

questions.

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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

mission-ready.

Photo by Chief Master Sgt.

Gary Emery.

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Rain requires

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

lighting warnings.

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

control center.

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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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

weather.

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Babies! Look who’s new in pink, blue

Congratulations to the newest members of the Air

Force family and their parents!

Girls

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

Squadron

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

Operations Command

Boys

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,

1st SOEMS

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,

Det. 341

Gabriel Philip Brown was born March 16 to

Staff Sgt. Jason and Jaime Brown, 25th Intelligence

Squadron

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

SOW

Landen Xavier Hall was born March 24 to

Airman 1st Class Steven and Lacie Hall, 1st

SOCMS

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