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An MC-130H Combat Talon II from the 1st Special Operations Squadron refuels an HH-60 Pave Hawk from the 943rd Rescue Group during Exercise Keen Sword 17 Nov. 7, 2016, near Okinawa, Japan. U.S. forces will conduct training with their Japan Self-Defense Force counterparts at military installations throughout mainland Japan, Okinawa and in the waters surrounding Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis) Keen Sword 17
U.S. and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Rescue Squadrons participated in Exercise Keen Sword 17, which started Oct. 30. Keen Sword is the largest joint, bilateral field training exercise between the U.S. military and the Japan Self-Defense Force and involves U.S. forces and the JSDF from all components of both militaries.
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U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, looks out the back of an MC-130J Commando II during an island tour of Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 7, 2016. Webb flew on the MC-130J as a part of his visit to the 353rd Special Operations Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) AFSOC commander visits the 353rd SOG
Command leadership flew half-way around the globe this week to see how Pacific-based Air Commandos provide specialized aviation for our nation’s no-fail mission.As a part of their first tour to the Pacific since taking command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith
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The sun sets over a fleet of MC-130J Commando II’s on RAF Mildenhall, Nov. 3, 2016.  The multi-role special operations aircraft, assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron flies clandestine, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft and infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces by airdrop or airland intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Chris Sullivan) 352 SOAMXS, 67 SOS work into the night
The sun sets over a fleet of MC-130J Commando IIs as maintainers from the 352nd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and aircrew from the 67 Special Operations Squadron launch aircraft in support of a local training mission on RAF Mildenhall, Nov. 3, 2016.The multi-role special operations aircraft flies clandestine, low-level air
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Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a turboprop aircraft. The
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These e-cigarette batteries and dog tag chain ignited in Airman 1st Class Drake Baker’s flight suit pocket Oct. 26, 2016 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Baker is a student at the 19th Special Operations Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) E-Cig battery ignites in Airman’s pocket
A student at the 19th Special Operations Squadron had an incident with an e-cigarette here Oct. 26.Airman 1st Class Drake Baker, who will be an airborne intelligence operator at the 25th Intelligence Squadron, said he was just sitting in class when his extra set of E-Cig batteries caught on fire in his pocket.His instructor, Staff Sgt. Robert
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Senior Airmen Giann Recapuna and Adam Gleason, engineering specialists with the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, set up a GPS to survey and verify the location and elevation of facilities at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 7, 2016. Engineering specialists use surveys to collect input data for the installation geobase database and typography to assist engineering designs for new structures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Isaac O. Guest IV) Air Commandos survey Hurlburt Field
Engineering specialists with the 1st Special Operations Squadron use GPS to survey and verify the location and elevation of facilities, here. Engineering specialists use surveys to collect input data for the installation geobase database and typography to assist engineering designs for new structures. Engineering specialists’ duties include
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U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman First Class Brendan Miller Cannon ACES works to strengthen morale
Airmen of the 27th Special Operations Wing have the opportunity to promote their own morale and welfare while at Cannon Air Force Base.The Air Commando Enlisted Society, or ACES, is an independent, Airmen-run organization meant to involve Airmen in strengthening their quality of life, and that of their service in the Air Force.The organization is
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An MC-130H Combat Talon II drops cargo bundles during Task Force Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Nov. 1, 2016. The MC-130H’s mission involves global day and night, insertion, extraction and resupply of special operations forces by low or high altitude operations, in adverse weather conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) MC-130H performs cargo drops
The 15th Special Operations Squadron perform cargo bundle drops during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Nov. 1, 2016. Southern Strike is a large-scale, conventional and special operations exercise hosted by the Mississippi National Guard at the Gulfport Combat Readiness and Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Centers.
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Linda Ammons, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr’s mother, presents Staff Sgt. Ivan De La Selva, the first-ever award dedicated in her son’s namesake at a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party course completion ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016. Officer, an ST TACP Airman from the 720th Operations Support Squadron, perished due to injuries sustained in an accidental head-to-head collision during a military parachute training, Aug. 3, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Preserving the legacy: Award recognizes selfless Airman
The Special Tactics community awarded the first-ever Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr. award at a Nov. 3 Tactical Air Control Party course graducation ceremony. This top performer statuette was presented to Staff Sgt. Ivan De La Selva, assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron.
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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, briefs Stacey Martin, an Air Force Chief of Staff civic leader from Clovis, N.M., on the history of the Air Force Cross and Silver Star Medal recipients at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016. Civic leaders are unpaid advisors, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) AFSOC hosts CSAF civic leaders
Sixteen distinguished civic leaders visited Hurlburt Field Nov. 1-3 to experience the mission, capabilities and meet with Airmen of Air Force Special Operations Command.These citizens are representatives of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program, and they serve as unpaid advisors to the CSAF for a four-year term as well as ambassadors to
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