Military

Special Tactics Airman awarded Silver Star Medal

Special Tactics Airman awarded Silver Star Medal

Pope Field, North Carolina – A Special Tactics Airman was awarded the nation’s third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal, during a ceremony at Pope Field, North Carolina, Aug. 14, 2020. Master Sgt. John Grimesey, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, was recognized for […]

Airman first in command gains Sikh religious accommodation waiver

Airman first in command gains Sikh religious accommodation waiver

Hurlburt Field – Promoting the core values of loyalty, unity and selfless service; these are the goals of the Sikh American Veterans Alliance (SAVA). On June 7, 2020, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dominic Varriale, a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron, became the first member of Air Force Special Operations […]

505th Command and Control Wing offers advice for isolation

505th Command and Control Wing offers advice for isolation

Described as a “marathon of unknown distance,” COVID-19 has driven many aboard U.S. Air Force Hurlburt Field into their home isolation and telework. With that isolations, concerns for those dealing with mental health concerns, addiction and domestic violence have been elevated. Then July 24, Hurlburt went on lockdown following a domestic dispute that left one […]

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt, Eglin declare public health emergencies

Hurlburt Field and Eglin officials have elevated the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) Level to ‘Charlie’ and have declared a public health emergency for the installations.The elevation to Charlie is part of the ongoing response to COVID-19 concerns.“The COVID-19 situation is very dynamic,” said Col. Mike Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt […]

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

Hurlburt moves to reduced work schedule

In a virtual town hall meeting, 1 SOW Commander, Col. Michael Conley announced that as of noon Friday, the 42 units of Hurlburt Field will transition to a reduced work schedule. The squadron commanders will make the schedule for their airmen that makes the most sense for their duties. “These are unique times,” said Conley. […]

Shoes provide service dogs for veterans

Shoes provide service dogs for veterans

Pet Nation is seeking shoes. The Navarre small business is one of 30 drop-off locations for Healing Paws for Warriors’ second annual Shoe Fundraiser. The fundraiser kicked off at Pet Nation Saturday and will run through May 1. The fundraiser will help local veterans in need of service dogs, said Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad. […]

VA offers $15 million in adaptive sports grants to support disabled Veterans

VA offers $15 million in adaptive sports grants to support disabled Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications through March 17 for up to $15 million in grants for civic groups providing adaptive sports and therapeutic recreational opportunities to Veterans and members of the armed forces with disabilities according to a VA press release. Read the full article in the Feb. 6 issue […]

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom still going strong thanks to grants

Operation Outdoor Freedom has been going strong for a decade now, and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida announced a partnership with the Florida Forest Service to help fund a project that provides recreational and rehabilitative opportunities to wounded veterans on state, agricultural and private lands across Florida at no cost. A commitment of […]

Navy technology aiding in recovery effort for airman

Navy technology aiding in recovery effort for airman

As recovery efforts continue for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) joined the search, utilizing technology intended for detecting underwater mines. The NSWC PCD announced the continuous 24-hour operation in concert with the existing Air Force led mission Nov. 15.

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Eglin Airman dies after fitness test

Staff Report Team Eglin Public Affairs U.S. Air Force Captain, Tranay Tanner, assigned to Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Detachment 2, passed away this weekend. The 29-year-old captain completed an Air Force fitness test Friday morning August 16. After presenting health complications, she was taken to Eglin Hospital at approximately 8:30 a.m. Due […]

A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

A new spirit of hope: The Intrepid Spirit Center

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was the preeminent preacher of the 19th century. Weekly, he addressed crowds of thousands. His sermon manuscripts were translated into several languages and distributed worldwide. Read the full article in the Aug. 8 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here sign up to receive a […]

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

UPDATE: Hurlburt Field airman found dead off-base identified

The Hurlburt Field airman found dead outside the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center the morning of Jan. 28 has been identified as Senior Airman Luis Navajas, 30, a member of the 505th Communications Squadron . Navajas’ death is under investigation. “There is no greater loss than that of a valued Airman and teammate,” said Col. Sean […]