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Jungle Jim

Members of the US Air Force’s Air Commandos at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in the early 1960s.

Air Commandos

The 4400th Combat Crew Training Squadron (CCTS) was established in April 1961 and nicknamed ‘Jungle Jim’. These Air Commandos were the precursor to Air Force Special Operations Command which wasn’t stood up as a MAJCOM until 1990. Although still authorized in AFI 36-2903 (Wear and Appearance of Uniforms) those jungle hats haven’t been worn at Hurlburt Field since the 1980s. As for the fingers on the triggers, that’s a relatively new innovation. If you don’t believe take a look at old military photos.

7 Responses to “Jungle Jim”

  1. Bill says:

    Looks like they were trained by the FBI. I’ve never seen a crotch weld before.

    • MED says:

      If you don’t shoot from the hip at the little guys wearing black pajamas, it goes right over their heads.

    • BradKAF308 says:

      They did that in the Lebanon in the 80’s but they used a long sling

  2. Those hats were kick-ass; I had my dad’s until my head got too big for it.

  3. Jake the Snake says:

    magazine wells appear empty