Special Ops officer killed in Kabul shooting

American Forces Press Service HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — An officer assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command died Feb. 25 of wounds suffered from a gunshot in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Enduring Freedom and working in the Government of the Islamic Republic […]

Special ops forces will remain essential, official says

By Karen Parrish: American Forces Press Service BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The nation’s special operations forces are experiencing heady but somewhat perilous times, said the Pentagon official tasked with overseeing them. “The skills and capabilities of America’s elite special operators have never been more recognized by the nation — sometimes, frankly, more than I like,” Michael […]

C-130s maintain steady ops in Afghanistan

USAF: Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol C-130 Hercules aircraft deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron are shown June 6 on the flightline at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The 774th EAS is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airfield. By Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol: Air Mobility Command Public Affairs BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan […]

N.M. Delegation welcomes news of special ops squad deployment to Cannon

WASHINGTON – Members of the New Mexico congressional delegation today welcomed news that the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) will station its 16th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base.

Special ops transition finalized

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Courtesy photo: Sue Sap, U.S. Air Force The first-of-its-kind MC-130W was presented to Air Force Special Operations Command in a ceremony at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., in June of 2006. The highly modified C-130 will replace special operations aircraft lost in combat. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to […]

Seamless unity key for new group commanders

Col. Robert West, 27th Maintenance Group commander, presents his wife Angie with a bouquet of flowers at his change of command ceremony Oct. 14. 2nd Lt. James Nichols The 27th Maintenance Group and 27th Operations Group started off the 2006 fiscal year with new commanders at the helm. Col. Robert West, 27 MXG commander and […]