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Special Operations Surgical Team Portraits in Courage: SOST
While deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, this Special Operations Surgical Team (SOST) provided care for more than 750 patients, managed 19 mass casualty events, performed 16 life-saving surgeries, and cared for casualties exposed to chemical weapons.The team moved by ground convoy through unsecure territory to an abandoned residence
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2017
Spooky 43, AC-130U gunship crew Portraits in Courage: Spooky 43
On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close air support to a U.S. Special Forces team and 43 Afghan soldiers, near Kunduz, Afghanistan. As the ground force advanced on a compound, they were caught in a deadly ambush. Surrounded by a large enemy force armed with small arms, heavy machine guns and grenades fighting from
0 8/07
2017
AC-130U gunship crewmembers AF leaders honor Air Commandos in Portraits in Courage
Two Special Operations teams and four Special Tactics Airmen will be recognized for their courage in a ceremony today at 7:30 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C., which will be broadcasted live here.The stories of a Special Operations Surgical Team, an AC-130U gunship crew, as well as, Staff Sgts. Richard Hunter, Christopher Lewis, Christopher Brooks, and
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2017
A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II flies in dissimilar formation with a No. 37 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules July 19, 2017, over Queensland, Australia. Talisman Saber 2017 provided the opportunity at further developing interoperability with counterparts from the RAAF through daily airborne operations to include low-level formation work, forward air refueling point, and personnel and cargo airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Air Commandos fly in dissimilar formation at Talisman Saber 2017
Elements of the 353rd Special Operations Group participated in Talisman Sabre exercises 'down under.' This includes flying in dissimilar formations over Queensland, Australia, with aircraft from participating nations.
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2017
A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron looks on as a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft departs the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) during a deck landing qualification flight off the coast of Virginia, July 25, 2017. Deck landing capabilities allow 8th SOS aircrew to expand the Osprey’s global reach. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land on USS Oak Hill
Aircrews with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct deck landing qualifications on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 8th SOS conducts deck landings four to six times a year to ensure aircrews are qualified, current and ready to conduct global operations any time, any place.
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2017
Chief Master Sgt. Robert Bean, an Air Force pararescue jumper, demonstrates how BATDOK can be worn on the wrist, providing awareness of the health status of multiple patients. Developing BATDOK required Air Force medical researchers to embed with pararescue jumpers on live missions to ensure the tool met the rigorous standards required by combat Airmen. Embedded Air Force researchers develop innovative battlefield medical technology
Air Force researchers delivered the Battlefield Assisted Trauma Distributed Observation Kit to Airmen in combat. BATDOK is software that can run on a smartphone or other mobile device, and draws patient information from a wide variety of commercially available, U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved sensors. It lets medics monitor multiple patients in the field, seeing vital information and managing multiple patients in a chaotic environment.
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2017
Lt. Col. Daniel Magruder, commander  of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, speaks to Airmen about joint leadership July 7, 2017, at a Lunch N’ Learn event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. As a Special Tactics officer who largely operates in joint air and ground domains, Magruder spoke about lessons he’s learned from joint deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jacob Jimenez)    Airmen learn about joint leadership
Airmen were challenged to think outside their normal scope of leadership and learn how to become strong joint leaders during the Lunch N’ Learn event, July 7, at the McChord Chapel Support Center.  One of Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen David Goldfein’s priorities, strengthening joint leaders and teams, is a topic guest speaker Lt. Col. Daniel
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2017
Two U.S. Air Force 352d Special Operations Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element, or DAGRE, team members prepare for a Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise July 26, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. The DAGRE provides security for Air Force Special Operations aircraft transiting airfields where security is limited. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Milano) Three UK-based wings conduct first-time FARP exercise
Two MC-130Js from the 67th Special Operations Squadron conducted a Forward Arming and Refueling Point exercise July 26, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. A Forward Arming and Refueling Point, or FARP, is an austere location near a combat zone where fuel and supplies can be transferred from one aircraft to another.“The FARP gives us the ability to
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2017
Tactical air control party specialists with the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron survey an enemy-controlled landing zone before calling in close-air support  Aug. 14, 2014, at Operation Northern Strike in Grayling Air Gunnery Range, Grayling, Mich. TACPs will soon get access to the Tactical Transportable Gateway, whichl replaces the aged Air Support Operations Center Gateway communication node for deployed troops, linking ground forces with corps and division headquarters and air support, while providing situational awareness for areas as large as California. The current ASOC Gateway sits on two server racks on the back of a Humvee and is comprised of multiple vintage communication components, sewn together out of necessity during 15 years of continuous combat. The TTG reduces that footprint to the size of a suitcase.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer) TACPs call Hanscom for better signal
The Tactical Transportable Gateway will replace the aged Air Support Operations Center Gateway communication node for deployed troops, linking ground forces with corps and division headquarters and air support, while providing situational awareness for areas as large as California.
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2017
U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command operators establish a security perimeter during a fast-rope training exercise from a CV-22 Osprey at Mykolaiv, Ukraine, July 14, 2017 during exercise Sea Breeze 17, July 14, 2017. Special Operations Command Europe photo by Army Spc. Jeffery Lopez U.S. Special Operations Forces Train With Ukrainian Counterparts
Across southern Ukraine, U.S. special operations forces trained with Ukrainian special operators and conventional U.S. and Ukrainian naval forces during Sea Breeze 2017.
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