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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presented 21 DFCs to four Spooky gunship crews with the 4th SOS for their heroic actions in Afghanistan. 24 Airmen awarded DFCs at Hurlburt Field
There were 808 lives that hung in the balance as terrorists launched coordinated attacks against friendly forces. Joint special operations teams were exposed and under duress as AC-130U Spooky Gunship crews circled above, pushing the limits of gun barrels to the melting point and providing precision airstrike capabilities to the troops below.
0 5/15
2018
Default Air Force Logo Clinic answers call for invisible wound care
In the midst of brain injury awareness month, construction of a facility to treat traumatic brain injury is well underway at the 96th Medical Group.
0 3/14
2018
SOST members earn Bronze Star Medals SOST members earn Bronze Star Medals
The brightly lit, inviting atrium of the University of Alabama Hospital is a far cry from the two room, concrete-walled farmhouse in the Middle East where the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team, based out of the UAB, deployed in 2016. During their four-month tour at that casualty collection point, the team performed the deeds that brought their families, scores of UAB well-wishers, and senior officers from the Air Force Special Operations Command, to the atrium for a medal ceremony on Feb. 13, 2018.
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2018
Three Special Tactics Airmen graduated from the Marine's RTLC in November, following two months of rigorous desert, jungle and amphibious training. Recon Marines, Special Tactics groom joint ground leaders
Three Special Tactics Airmen graduated from the Marine Corps’ Reconnaissance Team Leader Course, following two months of rigorous desert, jungle and amphibious reconnaissance training.
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2018
An Afghan Air Force leader meets with Special Tactics Airmen from the Air Force Special Operations Command to discuss plans to increase airpower at airfields in Faryab province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2017. The Special Tactics airmen ensure access to traditional airfields and field landing strips to increase the operational reach of coalition and Afghan aircraft for reconnaissance, troop delivery, and strategic air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Doug Ellis) Special Tactics Airmen survey airfields to gain an operational advantage
Special Tactics Airmen from Air Force Special Operations Command conducted multiple airfield surveys with their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Faryab province this week. Airfield surveys are executed prior to the arrival of special operations and conventional aircraft to traditional airfields and field landing strips.
0 11/30
2017
Direct Support Operator from the 25th Intelligence Squadron, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan, in front of an aircraft. Operator recognized for exceptional service with aircrew
Tech. Sgt. Nathan, 25th Intelligence Squadron direct support operator, along with his fellow aircrew members were recently selected as the recipients of the Air Force Association's 2017 Lt. Gen. William H. Tunner Award..
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2017
Ohio State athlete Craig Fada performs an OmegaWave heart rate variability and central nervous system test as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Ohio State University. This test is used to personalize recovery. (Photo Courtesy of the Ohio State University) AF partners with OSU for stress evaluation, recovery methods
The Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the Ohio State University. Special operations units in the Defense Department are physically and mentally elite due to the training they endure. Since special operations personnel are not readily accessible at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, unique hands-on insight was required for rapid acceleration of human performance monitoring research, technology and tools for the battlefield.
0 11/30
2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: Nov. 22
On this look around the Air Force, Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico has been selected to be the interim home for two F-16 Fighting Falcon training squadrons, the secretary of defense got a close look at special operations Airmen at work, and the Air Force has concluded an F-16 crash investigation.
0 11/22
2016
A new type of flexible body armor developed through a collaboration between the Air Force and Naval Research Laboratories is 50 percent lighter than current body armor. The design makes the use of a ceramic ball matrix encapsulated in foam material, which is then backed with multiple layers of polyethylene sheets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Marisa Novobilski/released) Flexing in the line of fire: Lightweight, flexible body armor for the future force
In the line of fire, protective body armor plays a critical role in survival. Hard-plated, rigid and heavy, today’s National Institute of Justice Type IV body armor -- the kind that protects warfighters against armor piercing bullets -- defends the wearer, but adds weight and bulk that a fast-moving operator could do without.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: July 29
In this look around the Air Force, an amputee Air Force pilot gets back into the cockpit, Airmen are given the opportunity to retrain into special operations without risking their current Air Force specialty code, and the Air Force secretary honors the Air Force's longest serving civilian.
0 7/29
2016
Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, at right, chief enlisted advisor for the Battlefield Airman Training Group, unfurls the BA TG guidon for Col. Ronald Stenger, incoming commander of the BA TG, left, and Col. Roy Collins, commander of the 37th Training Wing, right, during the group’s activation ceremony June 2, 2016, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. As a result, BA training, which is currently located across eight locations in seven states, will streamline the training pipeline to reduce costs, and lead to improvements and synergies in the process. New AF unit activated to better train elite combat Airmen
For the first time in its history, the Air Force on June 2 activated a unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Pentagon spokesman: Up to 250 more U.S. forces to deploy to Syria
Up to 250 additional U.S. personnel are being deployed to Syria to support local forces on the ground and build on successes of U.S. forces already deployed there in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon's press secretary said April 25.
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2016
Members of the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron move a forward area manifold cart out of the back of an MC-130J Commando II, assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron, during forward area refueling point training at Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Feb. 9, 2016. The FAM cart weighs approximately 3,500 pounds and is mainly extracted from the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman) Airmen strengthen forward capability in Bulgaria
Airmen from the 352nd Special Operations Wing supported deterrence-specific training in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in conjunction with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron Feb. 9-11.
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2016
Staff Sgt. Michael Alger and Airman 1st Class John Nipp, both explosive ordnance disposal Airmen with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, measure a blast hole during post-blast analysis training at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 19, 2015. A post-blast analysis takes place when an improvised explosive device detonates and EOD Airmen arrive on scene to determine what happened. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) EOD techs conduct post-blast analysis training
After an explosion, when the smoke settles and the blaze has been contained, a new mission begins. Like a puzzle, shrapnel blasted in every direction can be pieced together to uncover the mode of detonation. Explosive ordnance disposal Airmen assigned to the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron are trained to do just that.
0 11/28
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.
0 7/01
2015
U.S. Air Force Lt Gen Bradley A. Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of Special Operations Command, applaud three U.S. Air Force Special Tactics combat controllers, who received an Air Force Cross and two Silver Stars today. They are credited with saving the lives of more than 80 U.S. Army Special Forces and Afghan Commando teammates by providing flawless air-to-ground integration in the special operations battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Ryan Conroy/Released) 48-hour battle results in AF Cross, Silver Star medals
Three special tactics combat controllers were awarded the Air Force Cross and two Silver Star medals here May 6, for extraordinary heroism and gallantry in the face of danger while on a deployment to Afghanistan in September 2014.
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2015
Airmen from the 56th Rescue Squadron tackle Capt. Robert Smith after his fini-flight Nov. 4, 2014, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. It is a tradition to ‘capture’ a pilot after his final flight and paint his feet green to stamp on a ceiling tile.  Smith is the 56th RQS executive officer. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis) The footprint of the Jolly Green Giant leaves its mark
Tech. Sgt. Mathew Macella, the 56th Rescue Squadron pararescueman blue team NCO in charge, succinctly summed up the explanation for all the stickers of green feet found around Royal Air Force Lakenheath and what they mean for the 56th RQS. The origin of the green feet symbol came from Vietnam, when the HH-3E helicopter, also known as the Jolly Green Giant, would land in the rice patties and grass fields, leaving huge impressions that looked like giant green footprints.
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2014
Latvian Capt. Armands Rutkis (left) and Cpl. Janis Gabranis (right), both tactical air control party specialists with the Latvian National Armed Forces, carry Senior Airman Lance A. Liggett to a medical evacuation point after a simulated roadside bomb explosion at Operation Northern Strike in Grayling Air Gunnery Range, Grayling, Mich., Aug. 14, 2014. Northern Strike was a 3-week-long exercise led by the (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) U.S., Latvian TACPs sharpen special ops skills
Tactical air control party specialists with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron and the Latvian military joined forces August 2014 to sharpen their special operations skills at the 3rd-annual Operation Northern Strike in Grayling, Michigan.
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2014
Airman 1st Class Steven and Airman 1st Class Taylor prepare an MQ-9 Reaper for flight during Combat Hammer May 15, 2014,  at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft units around the Air Force are evaluated four times a year and provided weapons, airspace and targets from Hill AFB, Utah, or Eglin AFB, Fla. Steven and Taylor are MQ-9 crew chiefs with the 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. N.B.)  RPA unit moves to 'Emerald Coast'
The 919th Special Operations Wing welcomed the 2nd Special Operations Squadron, its remotely piloted aircraft unit, to the Emerald Coast. The 2nd SOS, comprised of about 140 Air Force reservists formerly located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., began RPA operations in its new facility at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 14. Although the unit is at Hurlburt Field, none of the aircraft will be located there. The RPAs are flown in various combat theaters throughout the world.
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2014
Roy Vaughn (left) received the Polish Armed Forces Medal May 6 in recognition for his contributions to enhancing Poland's special operations capabilities. Polish Air Force Col. Piotr Gastal (right) presented the medal in a ceremony in Warsaw. (Polish Armed Forces photo) Polish military decorates AF special ops civilian
The Polish Armed Forces awarded one of its highest military decorations May 6 to an Air Force Special Operations Command civilian. Roy Vaughn, an AFSOC exercise planner, received the Polish Armed Forces Medal during a ceremony in Warsaw, Poland. Vaughn played a major role in training PAF to operate internationally.
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2014
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