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  • 19 SOS Air Commando Carries Legacy of Fallen Hero Brother

    For those of us who have never lost a family member in the service of our nation, we cannot fathom the anguish of such a tragedy and the strength it takes to carry on.Staff Sgt. Joshua Ruiz, an Aviation Resource Manager with the 19th Special Operations Squadron, felt that pain when his brother, Navy Corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Manuel Ruiz, 21,
  • Air Force officer and single mother rockin’ work-life balance

    Excellence in all we do – this is one of the three core values of the U.S. Air Force.This core value is also something that Capt. Justina Keithley, 19th Special Operations Squadron U-28 Combat Systems Officer instructor, current operations flight commander, and single mother of two sons, embodies in her daily life.“[Keithley] is hard-working –
  • U.S. Air Force Special Operations School hosts ‘Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar’

    U.S. Air Force Special Operations School hosted multiple partner nation students from the African continent during a ‘Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar’ in the local area, 3-13 Dec.BPACS is a two-week course that brings together partner-nation military personnel, U.S. civil servants and service members to discuss a variety of
  • AFSOC Airmen recognized at ACA convention

    Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen were recognized during the Air Commando Association’s convention from Oct. 24-27, 2019.The convention included the presentation of the ACA Commander’s Leadership Awards and inductions into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.The convention began with the ACA Heritage Seminar, during which the leadership awards
  • Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar held in the Indo-Pacific AOR

    For the first time in history, U.S. Air Force Special Operations School hosted a Building Partnership Aviation Capacity Seminar abroad at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan, 9-20 Sept.BPACS is a two week course, held quarterly, that brings aviation-minded partner nation military personnel together with U.S. service members and civil servants. Partner
  • ‘USAFSOS Presents’: Vietnam-Era Predecessors to CAA Mission

    U.S. Air Force Special Operations School hosted two Vietnam-era U.S. pilots, two Hmong pilots and Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, University of Wisconson-Milwuakee professor and author of “Fly Until You Die,” during the latest ‘USAFSOS Presents’ event on Oct 18.Vang’s book focuses on the true events of “Operation Waterpump” in Laos and Vietnam, where a group
  • 18th Flight Test Squadron Redesignates as 18th Special Operations Test and Evaluation Squadron

    The 18th Flight Test Squadron was officially redesignated as the 18th Special Operations Test and Evaluation Squadron during a ceremony here, July 30.The importance of the name change is twofold. While it more accurately captures the mission of the unit, it also plays a significant role in normalizing the 492nd Special Operations Wing.The 18th
  • Col. Andrew Jett assumes command of 492nd Special Operations Wing

    Hundreds of Carpetbaggers from the 492nd Special Operations Wing welcomed their new wing commander during a change of command ceremony May 6. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony as Col. Andrew Jett took command of the wing from Col. Todd A. Fogle.
  • 492nd Special Operations Wing activation completes circle of history, heritage

    The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center was inactivated, and the 492nd Special Operations Wing was activated during a ceremony here, May 10, 2017. Simultaneously, the 492nd Special Operations Group and the 492nd Special Operations Training Group were activated under the 492nd SOW.
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