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321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers simulating close air support missions in the town of Rakevere, Estonia, during a flying training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Special Tactics simulates chaos, combat in Estonian village
Combat controllers sprint through the small, rustic village bearing plate carriers and radios, ducking behind buildings for cover, calling in coordinates and relaying information to the ground force commander. The citizens were imagined as enemy combatants, the village homes into targets for circling A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and the cobblestone streets
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2017
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb visits RAF Mildenhall Lt. Gen. Brad Webb visits European Air Commandos
The leader of Air Force Special Operations Command visited this week Air Commandos stationed here.Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, AFSOC commander, regularly breaks away from the headquarters for an eyes-on appraisal of operations, Airmen and facilities.During this trip to RAF Mildenhall, the general spent time with aircraft maintainers on the flightline. He
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2017
Default Air Force Logo U-28A accident investigation board results released
Air Force Special Operations Command officials released the results of their investigation into the March 14, 2017 U-28A aircraft accident near Clovis Municipal Airport that killed three Airmen onboard.
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2017
Family and friends of Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, unveil a highway sign during a ceremony dedicating a six-mile stretch of Highway 121 in honor of his namesake, in Greenville, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2017. McDaniel was part of a joint, special operations team who were infiltrating an island in Southern Philippines when the MH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in crashed into the Sulu Sea Feb. 22, 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth) Ohio highway dedicated to SOF hero
Six miles of County Highway 121 near Greenville, Ohio, was dedicated Aug. 14 in honor of Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, a Special Tactics pararescueman who was killed Feb, 22, 2002, in an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in the Philippines.
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2017
321 STS lands A-10's on highway in Estonia Air Commandos land A-10s on Estonian highway
Air Commandos landed U.S. Air Force aircraft on austere landing zones -- a.k.a. closed-off highways in Estonia -- during drills with the Maryland Air National Guard.
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2017
Lt. Col. William Schroeder Portraits in Courage: Lt. Col. Schroeder
On the morning of April 8, 2016, Lt. Col. William Schroeder, a career special operations weather officer, saw an armed individual enter his squadron. He reacted swiftly by putting himself between the armed individual and his first sergeant. After Schroeder ordered her to run, the first sergeant heard three shots fired as she bolted from the room,
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2017
A team of emergency medical technicians carries a bombing victim to safety during the 27th Special Operations Medical Group’s Emergency Medical Technician Rodeo Aug. 9, 2017, at Melrose Air Force Range, New Mexico. Twenty-one teams from Air Force bases around the world visited MAFR and Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, to participate in the EMT Rodeo, giving the technicians a wide assortment of scenarios to test their knowledge and training in the medical field. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. Charles Dickens/Released) Cannon hosts 10th EMT Rodeo
Realistic and rigorous training builds muscle memory and composure during high-stress situations. Last week, 21 teams of Air Force medics advanced their combat and emergency response skills at Cannon Air Force Base.
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2017
Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis Portraits in Courage: SSgt. Lewis
As the Mosul offensive commenced, Staff Sgt. Christopher Lewis and the U.S. Navy SEAL Team in which he was embedded were tasked to advise, assist, and accompany Kurdish Peshmerga forces in order to clear two villages held by heavily entrenched ISIS fighters.On Oct. 20, 2016, Lewis and his team escorted the partner force into enemy-held territory
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2017
Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter Portraits in Courage: SSgt. Hunter
On Nov. 2, 2016, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Richard Hunter, the U.S. Army Special Forces Team he was embedded with and their Afghan partners were ambushed by heavy machine gun fire from insurgents in elevated positions as they entered a village.Hunter identified multiple enemy locations and directed multiple danger close strikes
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2017
Staff Sgt. Christopher Brooks. Portraits in Courage: SSgt. Brooks
One night in October 2016, Staff Sgt. Chris Brooks as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan conducted a time-sensitive raid in pursuit of a high-value target.During maneuvers to block the target’s escape routes, the assault force was caught in a complex ambush from elevated fighting positions. Under fire, Brooks quickly used
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2017
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