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SECAF awards Air Force Cross, 10 medals to Air Commandos SecAF awards Air Force Cross, 10 medals to Air Commandos
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson awarded ten valorous medals, including the Air Force Cross, to Air Force Special Operations Command air commandos in a ceremony, Oct. 17, 2017 held at Hurlburt Field.
0 10/18
2017
Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing load equipment onto a West Virginia Air National Guard C-17 at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept 23, 2017, in support of Hurricane Maria recovery operations. Thirty-two members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group are deploying to San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with the equipment to establish an air cargo hub to process relief supplies. Kentucky ANG establishes air hub for Hurricane Maria relief
Thirty-two members of the 123rd Contingency Response Group departed the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 23, 2017, to establish an air cargo hub that will support Hurricane Maria relief operations across the Caribbean.
0 9/26
2017
Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Special Tactics Squadron and New York Air National Guard’s 106th Rescue Wing prepare to depart St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Sept. 8, 2017, for rescue operations in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Kentucky Air Guardsmen evacuate personnel following Hurricane Irma
For the second time in two weeks, special operators and aircrews from the Kentucky Air National Guard have deployed to support hurricane rescue operations, evacuating more than 170 U.S. citizens from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten Sept. 9, 2017.
0 9/11
2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Sept. 5
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) – On this look around the Air Force, Airmen conduct a show of force with allies, rescue victims of Hurricane Harvey and train with the Romania military. Hosted by Staff Sgt. Samantha Ducker.For previous episodes, click here for the Air Force TV page.Related Links:- Show of force- Hurricane Harvey relief efforts-
0 9/06
2017
Senior Airman Paul Cauge, a 274th Air Support Operations Squadron joint terminal attack controller, uses a laser rangefinder designator for a close air support training mission July 29, 2015, at Grayling Air Gunnery Range in Grayling, Mich., during Northern Strike 2015. The annual exercise involved hundreds of military personnel from 20 states, as well as Canada, Latvia, Poland and Australia. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson) Battlefield Airmen incentive pay to be based on skill versus duty
Based on new authority from the Defense Department, the Air Force announced its intent to begin a pilot program providing battlefield Airmen skill incentive pay based on qualified skills versus performed duties.
0 6/23
2017
Default Air Force Logo BLUE: Recruit, train, educate
Recruit, Train and Educate. That's the motto of Air Education and Training Command. In this episode we show the Instructors training the next generation of Airmen for today's battlefield.
0 5/25
2017
An Air Force Special Tactics Airman with the 24th Special Operations Wing rappels into the Al Biadia Cave Complex during a personnel rescue mission for Eager Lion May 13, 2017, in Mafraq Province, Jordan. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. With in-depth medical and rescue expertise, along with their deployment capabilities, ST Airmen are able to perform rescue missions in the world's most remote areas.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) USAF Special Tactics trains to lead, build partnership in Jordan
Air Force Special Tactics teams, Jordanian Armed Forces Special Task Force and Italy's 17th Stormo Incursori special operations forces secure each building in the compound -- searching for a missing U.S. service member and rendering aid to casualties along the way.
0 5/17
2017
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presents Tech. Sgt. Brian Claughsey, a combat controller with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, a Silver Star Medal, April 7, 2017, at Pope Army Airfield, N.C. Following a 96-hour battle with Taliban forces in Afghanistan, Claughsey was credited with coordinating 17 close air engagements, resulting in 47 enemy killed in action without a single civilian or friendly casualty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Special tactics Airman honored for role in liberating Afghan city
It was a 96-hour battle: four ambushes, 17 airstrike missions and the eventual safety of a 150-person team that led to one special tactics combat controller receiving the Silver Star April 7, 2017, at Pope Army Airfield.
0 4/10
2017
The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had previously received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in Afghanistan, April 6, 2013.(Courtesy photo) Heroism recognized: Special tactics Airman receives medal upgrade
A combat controller will receive the Air Force’s highest combat medal for extraordinary heroism, after a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. The Air Force Cross will be presented to former Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in Afghanistan, April 6, 2013.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Oct. 25
On this look around the Air Force special tactics Airmen are honored with a memorial and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visits the first enlisted RQ-4 Global Hawk pilot class.
0 10/25
2016
Air Force Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein and Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, unveil the Special Tactics Memorial during a dedication ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 20, 2016. The seven-foot bronze statue of a Special Tactics Airman in operational gear is a memorial to past, present and future Special Tactics operators.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeffrey Parkinson) Nation’s first special tactics memorial unveiled
A seven-foot tall bronze statue of a special tactics Airman in operational gear stands atop a black granite base -- a memorial to past, present and future special tactics operators. The Special Tactics Memorial was unveiled at a dedication ceremony with more than 800 people present, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presided over the ceremony at Hurlburt Field Air Park Oct. 20.
0 10/21
2016
Combat Control School students assigned to the 352nd Battlefield Airman Training Squadron are ambushed at their drop-off point during a tactics field training exercise at Camp Mackall, N.C., Aug. 3, 2016. The FTX is a culmination of tactics learned in the first year of the CCT pipeline; which entails weapons handling, team leader procedures, patrol base operations, troop leading and small unit tactics under fire in one mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Calm in the chaos: Aspiring combat controllers work under pressure in tactics exercise
Students at the Combat Control School at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, learn to work under pressure during a tactics field training exercise Aug.3.
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2016
Capt. Jennifer Aspinwall, Occupational Therapy element leader with the 59th Medical Wing, assesses a tactical air control party student at the battle clinic on Medina Annex, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas June 30, 2016. Aspinwall has worked with battlefield Airmen since 2014. 59th Medical Wing treating AF’s elite human weapons system
Comprehensive, synergistic medical care from the 59th Medical Wing is helping produce the Air Force’s elite, battle-ready combat warriors at the new Battlefield Airmen Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
0 7/27
2016
Special Tactics officer candidates pull a Zodiac boat to the shore during a selection at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014. Special Tactics career field training pipelines are some of the most physically and psychologically challenging in the Air Force. To ensure the correct individuals are on the battlefield, a group of Special Tactics Airmen weed out the cross-training candidates who don’t meet the high standards, putting them through a week-long selection process to select only the best-qualified individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Katrina Cheesman) 
Policy changes allow Airmen to retrain into special ops
In a move to meet the high demand for battlefield Airmen, the Air Force announced changes to retraining and cross-flow, outlined in a policy memorandum from April. The changes allow Airmen to be released from their current jobs in the Air Force to cross-train into the special tactics career fields, should they be selected following an assessment of physical, mental and psychological attributes.
0 7/26
2016
First Lt. Anthony Eastin clips the tablet into the Bat Rack, a mounting device created by the Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge team in the 711th Human Performance Wing's Airman Systems Directorate. This mounting device enables operators to carry and easily access their tablets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Gina Marie Giardina) Airman links deployed operators to human performance experts
Many scientists and engineers go directly from school to laboratories and do not get the opportunity to work side by side with customers who use the products they create. For a behavioral scientist in the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, that’s not the case.
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2016
Special Tactics officer candidates carry a Zodiac boat to the shore during a selection at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 21, 2014. Special Tactics career field training pipelines are some of the most physically and psychologically challenging in the Air Force. To ensure the correct individuals are on the battlefield, a group of Special Tactics Airmen weed out the cross-training candidates who don’t meet the high standards, putting them through a week-long selection process to select only the best-qualified individuals. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Katrina Cheesman) Small team ensures special tactics career fields grow with the best
Special tactics career field training pipelines are some of the most physically and psychologically challenging in the Air Force. To ensure the correct individuals are on the battlefield, the Recruitment, Assessment and Selection team at Hurlburt Field, Florida, puts the cross-training candidates through a weeklong selection process to find the best-qualified individuals.
0 6/30
2016
The family of Capt. Matthew D. Roland, a Special Tactics officer killed in action, was presented his posthumous Silver Star medal by Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 1, 2016. Roland gave his last full measure to protect teammates during an ambush on his convoy at an Afghan-led security checkpoint near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2015. The Silver Star medal is the nation's third-highest valorous combat decoration.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy/Released) That others may live: Silver Star medal for fallen Airman, son
Capt. Matthew Roland, of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, posthumously received the Silver Star on June 1 for actions taken during an ambush Aug. 26, 2015, in Afghanistan. Roland's family accepted the decoration on behalf of the fallen special tactics officer.
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2016
Special Tactics Airmen carry 20 batons during a memorial march to Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 13, 2015. The team of 20 Special Tactics Airmen started at 2 a.m. on Oct. 4, from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, and marched 812 miles through five states to meet with the gold star families and end the memorial march with a ceremony on Hurlburt Field. Each two-man team walked approximately 90 miles during the 10-day trek while carrying a 50-pound ruck sack and a commemorative baton engraved with a fallen Special Tactics Airman's name. The memorial march is only held when a Special Tactics operator is killed in action that year, but honors all 19 Special Tactics pararescuemen and combat controllers who have been killed in action since 2001. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kai White/Released) Special tactics Airmen march 800 miles to honor fallen teammates
After more than 800 miles on the road, 20 special tactics Airmen finished their journey to honor fallen teammates, crossing through the Hurlburt Field gate with families of those killed in combat.
3 10/28
2015
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 17 Special Tactics Squadron out of Fort Benning, Georgia, control airspace operations, during Exercise Jaded Thunder Oct. 29, 2014 in Salina, Kansas. Joint special operations forces, including the U.S. Air Force's 17th Special Tactics Squadron, are training together in Exercise Jaded Thunder to ensure high proficiency for deployment requirements. The 17th STS of the 24th Special Operations Wing provides precision air strikes for join ground special operation forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Richardson) 5,000 days of war
It’s been 5,000 days of struggle, rugged landscapes, blood and sweat. It’s been 5,000 days of exhaustion, injuries, and long separations from family, friends and home. On June 27, the 17th Special Tactics Squadron marked 5,000 days of unremitting war.
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2015
A member of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron completes pull-ups with a 25-pound vest during a physical fitness standards study, May 5, 2015, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The results of this study will help the Air Force Fitness Unit develop and validate recommendations for occupationally-specific, operationally-relevant, and gender-neutral physical tests and standards. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Eboni Reece) Special tactics Airmen participate in fitness standards study
Nearly two dozen members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron participated in a physical fitness study that analyzed mission requirements for battlefield Airmen.
2 6/04
2015
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