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CSAF’s ‘Fini Flight’ a Ride of Remembrance

By Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr., 919 SOW PA

When Air Force Chief of Staff Gen.

Norton Schwartz climbed aboard the MC- 130E Combat Talon I here July 12, for his last flight as an active duty officer, he im- mediately began to reminisce on his fly- ing career with special operations and the C-130 Hercules community. “This is more than a little sentimen-

tal for me to be back in this seat again,” the general said. “It’s a special privilege to complete my flying career on this air- craft.”

During a visit to Hurlburt Field to meet

with Airmen and Air Force Special Op- erations Command leadership, Schwartz joined an MC-130E crew on a local train- ing sortie, which served as Schwartz’s “fini flight” in the Air Force. The MC-130E he flew, No. 64-0568,

belongs to the 919th Special Operations Wing, an Air Force Reserve wing at Duke

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Registration Underway for Reunion Slated for Oct 11-14

By Dennis Barnett, ACA VP The ACA annual reunion/convention is

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz flies an MC-130E Combat Talon I during his last flight as an active duty officer near Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 12, 2012. The MC-130E Combat Talon I crew conducted a local training sortie during the mis- sion. It also served as Schwartz’s “fini flight” in the Air Force. (USAF photo/TSgt Samuel King Jr.)

First Special Tactics Wing Launches By Rachel Arroyo, AFSOC PA U.S. Air Force Special Operations

Command stood up the 24th Special Opera- tions Wing in a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 12 to meet the growing demand for the unique capabilities special tactics Air Commandos provide. AFSOC commander Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel

said creation of this new brand of wing bet- ter prepares the special tactics community to meet the swiftly evolving requirements of a global special operations forces partner- ship.

“While the pace of global special oper- ations has been demanding throughout this

past decade, we cannot expect to slow down over the next,” he said. It is this pace that makes the activation of the 24 SOW so monumental. America has been at war running opera-

tions for more than a decade with a volun- teer force, Fiel said. The special tactics Air- men who have been a constant presence in these operations comprise less than half of a single percent of the population. In assuming command of the 24 SOW,

Col. Robert Armfield recognized the mag- nitude of what is being asked of his Airmen and what they are accomplishing under a

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just around the corner and final preparations are underway. (Just a quick reminder that the gathering is not over Columbus Day week- end this year but on 11-14 October a week later.) The usual events are lined up with the kickoff at Two Trees on Thursday evening; a good way to find out who is here and have some of Mr T’s great treats as well. Friday morning we are having another golf tourna- ment at Hurlburt Field’s Gator Lakes. Gator Lakes has never been in better condition. We are limited to 32 foursomes so get your team registered early. We will have a lot of good prizes and another raffle as well. We inten- tionally keep the price down, only $35 for golf, cart and breakfast. Last year was a great time and we know this year will be just as good. Ray Bourque and his host of volunteers along with the generosity of Mr. David Krebs always results in a great and tasty fish fry Fri- day evening. The hospitality suite will be in full force hosted by Combat Connie again. In addition, Joyce moves a large part of the Com- mando Store to the Quality Inn for ease of shopping. She has some new items this year, so do some shopping while you enjoy your favorite beverage. Saturday morning brings our annual business meeting and election and we are pleased that the 1 SOW and 24 SOW commanders, Col Slife and Col Armfield re- spectively, have offered to bring all the older heads up to speed on what today’s Air Com- mandos are tasked with and their tools of the trade. ACA is also especially pleased to have Mr Steve Thompson of the Joint POW/ MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) come to give us a presentation at the business meet-

See REUNION pg 4 chapters: cannon • hUrLBUrt • KirtLand • Kadena • miLdenhaLL• rocKy moUntain area • tampa • washington d.c.


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