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A Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element team member assigned to the 352d Special Operations Support Squadron stands guard during a Forward Area Refueling Point training as part of TROJAN FOOTPRINT 16 in Pajuostic, Lithuania, May 15, 2016. MC-130J Commando II’s, CV-22 Ospreys, MH-47 Chinook’s and approximately 200 maintenance and support personnel deployed to Powidz, Poland during TF16 for joint, combined training with NATO allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Chris Sullivan/Released) Special ops Airmen support exercise in Baltic region
Members from the Air Force Special Operations Command and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command joined with Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian special operations forces in Powidz, Poland, and Grafenwoehr, Germany, to participate in Trojan Footprint 16, a large-scale readiness exercise held May 3-22.
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2016
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James conducts an all-call with base personnel and members of the local community May 17, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. James toured the wing to gain a deeper understanding of the Air Force Special Operations Command mission, and Cannon’s role in providing Special Operations Forces to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) James gains special ops insight at Cannon
The 27th Special Operations Wing hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James on May 17 and provided her with a deeper understanding of the Air Force Special Operations Command mission, and Cannon’s role in providing special operations forces to the warfighter.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 17
his look around the Air Force takes us to California where explosive ordnance disposal Airmen are participating in exercise Half-Life; and to Hulburt Field, Florida, for exercise Emerald Warrior
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Around the Air Force: May 6
This look Around the Air Force takes us to Hurlburt Field, Florida, where special operations Airmen are participating in exercise Emerald Warrior 2016 and then a look at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, where the Air Force Cyber College conducted a cyber war game.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Forces converge for Emerald Warrior 2016
Several hundred U.S. and partner-nation military members gathered inside King Auditorium at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 2 for a mass in-briefing session that marked the official kick off of Emerald Warrior 2016.
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2016
U.S. Air Force MC-130J Command IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron fly in formation Feb. 17, 2016, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. The 17th SOS conducted a unit-wide training exercise which tasked the entire squadron with a quick-reaction, full-force sortie involving a five-ship formation flight, cargo drops, short runway landings and takeoff, and helicopter air-to-air refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft/Released) Kadena launches Pacific region's first MC-130J five-ship formation flight
Instead of the usual howl of jet engines, members of Kadena Air Base heard the growl of 120 turboprop blades chopping the air as the 17th Special Operations Squadron’s MC-130J Commando IIs dominated the airfield scene Feb. 17. Within an hour of standing by at stations, the aircraft took to the skies during the Pacific region's first five-ship formation flight involving the new specialized mobility aircraft.
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2016
Airman 1st Class Kyle Engle, a public health technician with the 1st Special Operations Medical Group, hangs a mosquito trap in a tree at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 5, 2016. The mosquito traps will be hung around Hurlburt to catch specimens for later identification in a lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kai White)
Hurlburt combats Zika with knowledge
Following the World Health Organization declaring an international emergency and Florida Gov. Rick Scott calling a state health emergency, Hurlburt Field, Florida, is taking action to protect Airmen and their families from the Zika virus.
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2016
While deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1990, retired Master Sgt. Ben Rausa and then 8-year-old Stephen Rausa, (not related) began exchanging letters. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Raynor) Please try to write back
Bringing a little holiday cheer to an unknown service member was all an 8-year-old boy was trying to do 25 years ago. A single letter united a pair of Air Force veterans, and the handwritten greeting made its way back to its author -- now an Air Force major -- at Hurlburt Field Jan. 25.
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Herb Mason, Air Force Special Operations Command historian, speaks at his retirement ceremony on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 7, 2016. Mason served from April 28, 1965 to Jan. 3, 2016, making him the longest serving historian in Air Force history. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) AFSOC historian retires after 50-plus years of service
The longest-serving historian in the Air Force retired at Hurlburt Field Jan. 7. Herb Mason, the Air Force Special Operations Command historian, spent more than 50 years preserving the Air Force story for generations to come.
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2016
Medics from Langley Air Force Base, Va., pull a simulated patient to safety Sept. 17, 2015 at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. Twenty-one teams of elite EMTs from 22 installations across the Air Force convened at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., for two days of innovative, high-octane competition Sept. 17-18. Throughout the rodeo, teams were required to execute lifesaving missions under the critical eye of expert evaluators, demonstrating accurate techniques and effective implementation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi) Cannon hosts 2015 EMT Rodeo
Twenty-one teams of emergency medical technicians from 22 installations across the Air Force convened at Cannon Air Force Base Sept. 17-18 for the 2015 EMT Rodeo.
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2015
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody introduce major command panelists during a Q-and-A session at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)  Time with MAJCOM commanders at the four-star forum
Members of the Air Force, Air Force Association and defense industry were invited to a Q-and-A session with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James M. Cody and several major command commanders during a four-star forum at the AFA Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition Sept. 16 in Washington D.C.
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2015
A crowd gathers to view the inside of the Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J Ghostrider at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 29, 2015. The aircrews of the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 were hand selected from the AC-130 community for their operational expertise and will begin initial operational testing and evaluation of the AC-130J later this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Kai White/Released) AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J
The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed at Hurlburt Field, Florida, July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J.
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2015
Rounds move through the 25mm processor at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 23, 2015. The processor inserts the rounds into linked carrier tubes to be transported to the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Munitions systems specialists arm the 'ultimate battle plane'
Without the munitions systems specialists of the 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, the AC-130U Spooky would have difficulty completing its close air support mission, to include supporting troops in contact, convoy escort and single point air defense.
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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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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.
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Operators from U.S. Special Operations Command -- Europe prepare prior their gear before a high-altitude, low-opening jump May 30, 2015, over Mont Saint-Michele, France. The paratroopers jumped from an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron from as high as 13,000 feet to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the liberation of France during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) Special Operations Forces commemorate liberation of France
In the first events commemorating the 71st anniversary of the liberation of France, Special Operations Command Europe operators performed military free falls into U.N. designated world heritage site in Mont Saint-Michel, and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II Pontorson Airfield Memorial May 30-31.
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Two MC-130P Combat Shadows fly by during their final flight, May 15, 2015, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The final two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft in the Air Force landed for the last time at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in front of more than 400 people and will take their last flight to the boneyard at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 1. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Ryan Conroy) Air Commandos bid farewell to MC-130P Combat Shadows
The final two MC-130P Combat Shadows in the Air Force landed for the last time here, in front of more than 400 people, during an MC-130P heritage flight May 15.
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul Clark, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group Air Force Repair Enhancement Program technician, reviews his process for repairing an LCD screen May 5, 2015 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Clark trained in miniature and microminiature electronic repair, module test and repair, and electronic signal analysis courses before becoming a certified AFREP technician. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi) Repair enhancement program breeds innovation, ingenuity
A troubleshooter’s mindset, outside-the-box thinking, and raw talent — is what it takes to become a technician in the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program according to Sam Krahn, the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group AFREP manager.
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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
Soldiers from the 193rd Infantry Brigade and Airmen from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron land after a parachute jump as a part of exercise Emerald Warrior April 28, 2015, at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. Emerald Warrior is the Defense Department’s only irregular warfare exercise, allowing joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for real-world contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Shelby Kay-Fantozzi) Emerald Warrior-15 a complete success
More than 2,100 members participated in Emerald Warrior, an annual Air Force Special Operations Command two-week joint service, interagency and partner nation exercise that concluded here May 1.
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