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Operation Assured Response (1996)
During Operation Assured Response, Special Operations Forces successfully evacuate more than 2,000 people out of the United States Embassy in Liberia, Africa. Operating in a hostile fire environment, SOF personnel conducted dozens of rotary wing evacuation flights using MH-53Js and overhead fire support sorties from AC-130H Spectres, often vectoring friendly aircraft through small arms and rocket propelled grenades. For their efforts, Pave Low crews were presented the Tunner Award as the outstanding strategic airlift crew of the year. (courtesy photo)

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