An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flight line at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 3, 2014.The MQ-9 Reaper is an armed, multi-mission, medium-altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft that is employed primarily as an intelligence-collection asset and secondarily against dynamic execution targets. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Commentaries

  • Congressman's letter to commander honors military's service, sacrifices

    The following is a letter from Congressman Jeff Miller, 1st Congressional District of Florida, to Col. James Phillips, commander of the 919th Special Operations Wing, honoring the service of all Duke Airmen and military members around the globe.:Dear Colonel Phillips,I would like to take this

  • AFSOC Priority #3: Transform Training to Optimize Human Performance

    Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles focusing on each of the four AFSOC priorities.Air Commandos,We have some great initiatives in this command.I see them everywhere: in our squadrons, on the flight line, at home and downrange. There is dedication, innovation and true

  • America's Air Commandos: Postured for success in 2015

    Air Commandos,As we say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to 2015, the Command Chief and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your incredible dedication, hard work and selfless sacrifice over the past year.  We are extremely impressed and proud of your successes on and off the battlefield.  

  • Consistent fitness key to PT test success

    Fitness has always been a cornerstone of my Air Force career development.  My first physical assessment was in basic training.   At the initial assessment, I was able to perform the sit-ups, but I was told the one push-up and 18-minute mile and a half were a problem.  With persistent training, I was

  • Online vigilance helps reduce risk

     I received at least five emails last week warning me to secure my social media settings and be aware of what I post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Why? Do you not like to see what I had for dinner last night? Too many #selfies? Are photos of my dog eating a Popsicle offensive? (In my defense,

  • A time for 'burning the boats'

    Our group and the 919th Special Operations Wing as a whole are facing challenges I haven't seen in the 17 years I've been at Duke Field. I first came here during the reorganization from an AC-130A wing to one that flew MC-130Es and MC-130Ps, and that mission change pales in comparison to what the

  • State of wing, future of Duke

    The next two years for the 919th Special Operations Wing will be a time of major growth and change. Duke's primary mission set will convert from Combat Talon operations to that of aviation foreign internal defense.AvFID is a special operations forces mission set employing Airmen as combat aviation

  • Commentary: Professional development key to PEP success

    Recently, I had the pleasure to accompany our wing commander on a trip around the base presenting PEP (Promotion Enhancement Program) promotions to four fellow Citizen Commandos.Staff Sgt. Berry Drake, 919th Maintenance Squadron, was promoted to technical sergeant. Earning master sergeant stripes

  • At ease among warriors: A civilian's perspective

    Back in 1986, I found myself on the bus ramp at Bob Sikes Elementary School. It was my first day of kindergarten and I was surrounded by other children and adults who were complete strangers to me. The sights and sounds were overwhelming and, to add insult to injury, I saw my mother walking slowly