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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

  • Thanksgiving message from the commander

    Fellow Citizen Air Commandos, Since Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, Americans from all backgrounds have set aside time at the end of November to give thanks. Thanksgiving is a day that allows us to slow down and take a moment to reflect on the many blessings we have

  • Veterans Day message from the commander

    Fellow Citizen Air CommandosOn November 11th, people throughout the United States will pause to offer their deepest gratitude and appreciation to our Veterans – those past and present who have worn our country’s uniform. Since 1919, Americans have set aside this day to honor and celebrate veterans

  • Labor Day message from the commander

    Labor Day is about celebrating the contributions of workers that provide strength, prosperity, and well-being to our nation. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of each of you as you contribute to the mission of the 919th Special Operations Wing.

  • Commander looks back at last year

    Citizen Air Commandos,This past weekend, my social media feeds were filled with pictures from the 919th Special Operations Wing change of command last year. As I looked over those pictures I thought to myself, “Where has the time gone?” It seems like only weeks ago that my family and I were

  • Independence Day message from the commander

    Citizen Air Commandos, As we come together this weekend with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our nation, I hope you all take time to remember the words our nation was built upon over 200 years ago. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that

  • Commander's update on July UTA and COVID-19

    Citizen Air CommandosWe are preparing for our fourth Unit Training Assembly in July since implementing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Drill weekend, normally a source of unity, again finds many of our members still teleworking and completing readiness requirements virtually where

  • Commander shares insights on June UTA

    As we prepare for the June Unit Training Assembly, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss some recent developments and the steps we’re taking to return to our “new normal” at the 919th Special Operations Wing.There are still COVID-19 cases in the surrounding community, but the active disease

  • Commander: coach's words ring true for us

    When I reflect back on my high school wrestling practice, I don’t just remember merciless practices consisting of endless jump-roping, burpees, sprinting, and sparring matches. The thing I remember is my coach Mr. Dennis Toumi. Not only was he a tough coach with an accomplished history as an Army

  • Equal Opportunity staff participates in symposium

    If you’ve been on Duke Field for the last few months, you’ve probably heard about the R.I.P.D. culture. It’s short for “Readiness, Innovation, Partnership, and Development.” Our Wing Commander believes that these concepts will lead to continued success for the 919th and our mission partners.The

  • Commander commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

    Americans will soon pause to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his enduring legacy of equality and respect for other regardless of their race, gender or religion. His “I Have a Dream” speech given in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was arguably the most famous of the Civil