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  • Reservist's son high-flying with RC aircraft

    A 13-year-old 'flyer' is achieving new heights in his remote-controlled aircraft hobby with the help of his 919th Special Operations Wing father.Maj. Jeff Powell, the 919th Maintenance Operations Flight commander, and his son Cody zoomed into the RC hobby only two years ago, but Cody's climb into competitions and first-place trophies was faster
  • Air Force bids farewell to Combat Talon I

    "Blackbird fly... into the light of a dark, black night."The Beatles somber, fitting refrain closed the MC-130E Combat Talon I's retirement ceremony here April 25th, completing the "Blackbird's" almost 50-year career with the U.S. Air Force.The 919th Special Operations Wing hosted the ceremony because the last five Air Force Talon Is sit on the
  • Former wing CC takes reins of new special ops center

    Former 919th Special Operations Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Jon Weeks, assumed command of the newly created Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center at a ceremony here, Feb. 11."I'm honored, excited and humbled as well to accept the honor of command in this new chapter in the history of Air Force Special Operations Command," said Weeks, who
  • Help available for Reserve special needs families

    For 919th Special Operations Wing personnel looking for help or information on the Exceptional Family Member Program, there's a direct contact just down the road at Eglin.Michelle Dent, from Eglin's Airman and Family Readiness, works with installation and community agencies to help families navigate the various special needs networks available."In
  • Employers learn Duke mission

    Reservists at Duke Field's 919th Special Operations Wing rely heavily on support from their civilian employers to help them accomplish their mission. Their support was rewarded recently when the wing held its annual Employer Appreciation Day here Dec. 1. The half-day event offered invited employers a first-hand look at how their "Citizen Commandos"
  • Reservist to headline MMA event

    Danny Ruiz is a fighter. He is a staff sergeant in the Air Force Reserve, a husband, father and coach. But above all, he's a fighter.Ruiz, the fighter, is a week away from his 19th professional mixed martial arts fight. But this one means more. This fight, the Strike Fight event Dec. 8 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., will be in front of a hometown
  • DUI: know the consequences

    The increase in driving under the influence of alcohol incidents this year, compared to those during the same time last year, has prompted leadership to remind Eglin's Airmen of the consequences of a DUI.Maj. John Batka, Eglin's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and Treatment program manager, monitors the base's DUI numbers. He said from January to