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Special Tactics Airmen survey airfields to gain an operational advantage

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)

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 from the Air Force Special Operations Command load a C-130J Hercules for movement to test the feasibility of multiple airfield runways for a range of coalition aircraft 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 from the Air Force Special Operations Command load a C-130J Hercules for movement to test the feasibility of multiple airfield runways for a range of coalition aircraft 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)

U.S. Airmen with the Air Force Special Operations Command discuss results of an airfield survey during operations in Faryab province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2017. The Special Tactics Airmen ensure access to traditional airfields and 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)

U.S. Airmen with the Air Force Special Operations Command discuss results of an airfield survey during operations in Faryab province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2017. The Special Tactics Airmen ensure access to traditional airfields and 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)

FARYAB PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- 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.

"Our work is critical to extending the access and reach to fight our adversaries in their safe havens," said a Special Tactics Airman. “Planning, leading and executing global access missions is a core task that we provide to the joint (special operation forces) effort.”

During the operations, Afghan Army and Air Force representatives meet with the Special Tactics Airmen to discuss how to increase airpower at Faryab province airfields. Based on the team’s findings, multiple airfields in Faryab province meet the specified needs of the NATO Resolute Support mission. The locations have the potential to support Afghan and coalition reconnaissance, troop delivery and strategic air support operations.

"This is my fifth deployment as a Special Tactics Airman conducting precision strike, global access and personnel recovery missions," another Special Tactics Airman said. “You can feel the difference this year, a new commitment to extending the fight to the heart of the enemy."

AFSOC Special Tactics force is the Air Force’s tactical air and ground integration element that enables global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations. The Special Tactics Airmen are experts in the conduct of airfield reconnaissance, assessment and control, personnel recovery, joint terminal attack control and environmental reconnaissance.

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