Hurlburt Field

Special to WUWF

As a retired Army interrogator, Daryl Meade has some experience with military communication systems.

And he was able to put that knowledge to good use with an app he developed alongside fellow University of West Florida students Christian Kaman and Lloyd Mageo.

“We were approached by AFSOC (Air Force Special Operations Command) to find solutions helping them communicate better,” Meade said. “It’s more than a piece of software, but a whole holistic approach to gathering data.”

Jennie McKeon / WUWF

Twenty Special Tactics Airmen completed their 830-mile ruck march to honor the fallen Monday morning at Hurlburt Field.

The ruck marchers were met with cheers, salutes and American flags as they walked through the base entrance. Gold star families were waiting to give hugs while holding photos of their lost loved ones.

Air Force Enlisted Village

The Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV) has been serving retired enlisted Air Force members and their spouses for 50 years.

The facility, which is located in Shalimar between two major Air Force bases — Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field — houses around 500 residents. That number will grow with a new expansion slated to open in 2020.

U.S. Air Force

Tech. Sgt. John Chapman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House Wednesday afternoon. 

“We’re gathered together this afternoon to pay tribute to a fallen warrior — a great warrior — Tech. Sgt. John Chapman; and to award him our nation’s highest and most revered military honor,” said President Donald Trump at the ceremony.

Chapman is the 19th airmen to receive the Medal of Honor and the first Special Tactics airman to receive the award.

24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office

Two Special Tactics Airmen have died from injuries sustained in an accident on Eglin Range during military freefall training, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015.

Both Airmen, from the Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, were initially injured in the same accident and were rushed to local hospitals where they later died.

Danielle Freeman

Operation Eagle Claw is known as the “most successful failed mission in history.” It was a joint-services mission to rescue Americans held hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1980. Hurlburt Field recently held a recent ceremony honoring those who died during the operation, and the valuable lessons learned as a result of what happened.

Louisiana National Guard

The names of four Louisiana National Guardsmen killed last week when their helicopter crashed into Santa Rosa Sound have been released, as work continues at the crash site.

The head of the Louisiana National Guard, Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, identifies the soldiers as Chief Warrant Officers George Griffin Jr and George Strother; and Staff Sergeants Lance Bergeron and Thomas Florich.

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway

  Crews searching for a National Guard helicopter that crashed into Santa Rosa Sound took to the air Wednesday afternoon, after heavy fog in the area partially lifted. The search area for boats, on foot and now aircraft, covers more than 50 square miles.