1st Special Operations Wing Staff Agencies
The Public Affairs Office is tasked with keeping the base, the public and the news media informed about Hurlburt Field. It manages the command information, community relations and media relations programs for the 1st Special Operations Wing. Public affairs now also encompasses the base photo lab, video and graphics, Web pages and the Commander’s Access Channel, a special access channel provided to facilities on base as well as cable subscribers in base housing areas. Public affairs also works closely with the Northwest Florida Daily News and the Bay Beacon for production of the new base papers – the Hurlburt Warrior and the Hurlburt Patriot. With the nature of the special operations mission, news media interest of the base remains high. Public affairs’ responsibilities include arranging interviews with subject matter experts, answering queries and serving as the official spokespersons for the base. Public affairs’ customer service element is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The public affairs staff can be reached during normal duty hours at (850) 884-7190 or through the 1st SOW Command Post after hours.
The Command Post is the primary 1st Special Operations Wing command and control facility. The building also houses the Emergency Operations Center, the Maintenance Operations Control Center and 1 SOW Battlestaff function. The Command Post and Maintenance Operations Control Center are manned 24 hours a day. The facility is located at 217 Terry Ave, Bldg. 90208, adjacent to the wing headquarters building and may be reached at (850) 884-8100 and (850) 884-8106.
The History Office maintains a library and repository of historical information for the 1st Special Operations Wing. The historians are responsible for compiling an annual classified wing history, documenting deployments, maintenance operations, service support, changes of command, new inventories, outstanding unit awards and lineage and honors. After each historical edition is approved, one is stored at the wing while copies are forwarded to the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The History Office also has background information on the individuals who have streets named in their honor, the original emblem design for all wing units and oral history interviews with two original Air Commandos, Lt. Col. Philip Cochran and Lt. Col. John Allison. Aside from compiling information, historians provide Air Park tours, conduct heritage briefings and take inquiries from the wing, government agencies and the general public.
The 1st Special Operations Civilian Personnel Flight provides the full range of civilian personnel support to the commanders, managers, supervisors, employees and families of appropriated fund federal civilian employees. The flight provides management advisory services in the areas of employee relations, labor relations, position classification, training and staffing. Recruitment, benefits and entitlements (insurance, retirement, Thrift Savings Plan) and personnel records and coding for base employees is handled by the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), Randolph AFB, Texas. The civilian personnel flight is located in Bldg. 90210, Rm. 135.
Inspector General Office
The 1st Special Operations Wing Inspector General function is twofold. First, it oversees the base’s complaints and Fraud, Waste & Abuse programs. As its primary charge, the IG ensures a viable, responsive complaints program characterized by fairness, integrity and impartiality. Secondly, it assesses unit readiness through a combination of base wide exercises and the installation’s self inspection program. In this regard, it’s also responsible for planning, executing and evaluating exercise scenarios in order to provide wing leadership a site picture of the wing’s response capability. The office is located in Bldg. 90325. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-5534.
Equal Opportunity Office
Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the Military Equal Opportunity and Civilian Equal Employment Opportunity offices merged becoming the Equal Opportunity office. The EO office provides guidance in assisting commanders, staff agency chiefs, military and civilian personnel, family members and retirees on equal opportunity and human relations issues. Additionally, EO processes informal and formal discrimination/sexual harassment complaints and conducts human relations education. EO makes referrals to appropriate agencies as necessary. Their office is in Bldg. 90210, Ste. 241. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fax (850) 884-2630. For more information, call (850) 884-7888 or (850) 884-6844 or (850) 884-2631 or (850) 884-5879.
Manpower & Organization
Manpower and Organization provides advice on manpower resource requirements, manages the wing’s unit manpower document and validates UTC and deployment requirement document changes for exercises and contingency planning. The flight provides management services and evaluations, management advisory services, wartime manpower support, facilitation of process improvement teams, application of process improvement tools and techniques, development and implementation of performance measures and the application of Capability Manpower Standards. The unit also manages wing-level Office of Management and Budget A-76 Competitive Sourcing and Privatization studies, productivity and IDEA programs and the base manpower programming and execution system. For more information, call (850) 884-7594.
Plans & Programs
Wing Plans and Programs is the focal point for wing-level, cross-functional operations and plans. It conducts wing strategic planning and implements this plan through worldwide deployments, training, exchanges and exercises. It is also the focal point for “Wing Focal Point Inbrief,” conducted in the XP Auditorium.
• In-briefs and Badge Issue: Tuesday at 10 a.m., Friday at 2 p.m.
• Out-briefs and Badge Re-Issue: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wing XP is located in Bldg. 90736. For briefings and badge information, call (850) 884-8868 or (850) 884-3407. For general information, call (850) 884-3187.
Information Operations Office
The Information Operations Office provides wing-level oversight for the development and implementation of new technologies, systems and processes allowing the wing’s components to exploit their operational information to the fullest extent possible, while minimizing the risk of an adversary exploiting the same information. Additionally, the office provides the wing commander with a Defensive Counter Information capability and Operations Security oversight through the coordination of all primary and associated areas within the wing. Their office is in Bldg. 90319. Office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-4522.
The 1st Special Operations Wing Safety office combines the disciplines of flight, ground and weapons safety to prevent and respond to mishaps that impact the special operations mission, the people or the equipment. They do so by acting as field consultants and technical experts, providing professional safety guidance, performing inspections and evaluations and conducting trend analysis.