Pacific Air Commandos support Foal Eagle 2017

Images from Foal Eagle 2017.

Images from Foal Eagle 2017.

U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron drop jumpers from the Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command during combined airborne operation, March 31, 2017 at Kunsan Air Base, ROK. Foal Eagle 2017 provided the opportunity at further developing interoperability with counterparts from the ROK military through daily airborne operations to include military free fall and static line drops. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron drop jumpers from the Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command during combined airborne operation, March 31, 2017 at Kunsan Air Base, ROK. Foal Eagle 2017 provided the opportunity at further developing interoperability with counterparts from the ROK military through daily airborne operations to include military free fall and static line drops. (Courtesy photo)

A Republic of Korea 255th Special Operations Squadron flight engineer explains the radio capabilities available on a ROK Air Force C-130 to U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron during an communications exchange, March 29, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. Foal Eagle 2017 provided the opportunity for targeted tactical exchanges focused on further developing interoperability with counterparts from the ROK military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A Republic of Korea 255th Special Operations Squadron flight engineer explains the radio capabilities available on a ROK Air Force C-130 to U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron during an communications exchange, March 29, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. Foal Eagle 2017 provided the opportunity for targeted tactical exchanges focused on further developing interoperability with counterparts from the ROK military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) instructor and a 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescueman, prepare the environment for the personnel recovery event, March 30, 2017. The simulated aircraft crash landing provided aircrew the opportunity to perform hands-on SERE training to keep them current in the knowledge and skill level needed to return with honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) instructor and a 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescueman, prepare the environment for the personnel recovery event, March 30, 2017. The simulated aircraft crash landing provided aircrew the opportunity to perform hands-on SERE training to keep them current in the knowledge and skill level needed to return with honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster provides a briefing to Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command jumpmasters prior to airborne operations, March 27, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. Throughout Foal Eagle 2017, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS provided specialized aviation to members of the ROK Air Force 255th SOS, ROK Special Warfare Command, U.S. Marine Corps III Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster provides a briefing to Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command jumpmasters prior to airborne operations, March 27, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. Throughout Foal Eagle 2017, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS provided specialized aviation to members of the ROK Air Force 255th SOS, ROK Special Warfare Command, U.S. Marine Corps III Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Squadron evaluator pilot explains how the formation of five U.S. Air Force MC-130s and one Republic of Korea Air Force C-130 will maneuver during a combined airborne operation, March 31, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. The combined airborne operations performed during Foal Eagle 2017 reinforced the ROK-U.S. alliance and demonstrated one of the many alliance capabilities available for the defense of the ROK. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Squadron evaluator pilot explains how the formation of five U.S. Air Force MC-130s and one Republic of Korea Air Force C-130 will maneuver during a combined airborne operation, March 31, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, ROK. The combined airborne operations performed during Foal Eagle 2017 reinforced the ROK-U.S. alliance and demonstrated one of the many alliance capabilities available for the defense of the ROK. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot flies the U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II during low-level operations through mountainous terrain on the Republic of Korea peninsula, April 1, 2017. Throughout Foal Eagle 2017, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS provided specialized aviation to members of the ROK Air Force 255th SOS, ROK Special Warfare Command, U.S. Marine Corps III Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilot flies the U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II during low-level operations through mountainous terrain on the Republic of Korea peninsula, April 1, 2017. Throughout Foal Eagle 2017, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS provided specialized aviation to members of the ROK Air Force 255th SOS, ROK Special Warfare Command, U.S. Marine Corps III Marine Expeditionary Force and U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilots conduct low-level operations through mountainous terrain on the Republic of Korea peninsula, April 1, 2017. Experts in specialized aviation, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS accomplished critical training objectives and performed complex missions with joint and combined partners during Foal Eagle 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron pilots conduct low-level operations through mountainous terrain on the Republic of Korea peninsula, April 1, 2017. Experts in specialized aviation, the 1st SOS and 17th SOS accomplished critical training objectives and performed complex missions with joint and combined partners during Foal Eagle 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

A Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command operator jumps into Kunsan Air Base during combined airborne operations from a U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, March 31, 2017. The daily airborne operations executed during Foal Eagle 2017 further developed the integration of special operations forces and operational capability through realistic scenario-based missions. (Courtesy photo)

A Republic of Korea Special Warfare Command operator jumps into Kunsan Air Base during combined airborne operations from a U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron, March 31, 2017. The daily airborne operations executed during Foal Eagle 2017 further developed the integration of special operations forces and operational capability through realistic scenario-based missions. (Courtesy photo)

U.S. Air Force forward area refueling point (FARP) technicians assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron and loadmasters assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron perform FARP operations with a U.S. Army MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, April 1, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 353rd Special Operations Group’s FARP capability enables U.S. military power projection through the refueling of aircraft operating in forward deployed locations across the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)
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U.S. Air Force forward area refueling point (FARP) technicians assigned to the 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron and loadmasters assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron perform FARP operations with a U.S. Army MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, April 1, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 353rd Special Operations Group’s FARP capability enables U.S. military power projection through the refueling of aircraft operating in forward deployed locations across the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

U.S. Air Force 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point (FARP) technicians and 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmasters perform FARP operations with a U.S. Army MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, April 1, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 353rd Special Operations Group’s FARP capability enables U.S. military power projection through the refueling of aircraft operating in forward deployed locations across the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)
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U.S. Air Force 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron forward area refueling point (FARP) technicians and 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmasters perform FARP operations with a U.S. Army MH-47G Chinook assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, April 1, 2017 at Daegu Air Base, Republic of Korea. The 353rd Special Operations Group’s FARP capability enables U.S. military power projection through the refueling of aircraft operating in forward deployed locations across the Indo-Asia Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait)

DAEGU AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group worked with joint and combined partners during the large-scale Foal Eagle 2017 (FE17) exercise, which took place March 23 through April 10, 2017 at various locations throughout the Republic of Korea (ROK).

“The dedication to the longstanding partnership with the ROK is evident by our annual commitment of special operations forces (SOF) and specialized aviation,” said Col. William Freeman, 353rd SOG commander. “As the largest exercise for the group, FE17 provided an opportunity to demonstrate operational readiness and execute full mission capabilities.”

The 353rd SOG worked in close relationship with counterparts from the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) 255th Special Operations Squadron throughout the exercise to enhance SOF capabilities.

“This year we focused on further developing our interoperability with our partners from the 255th SOS through tactics, communication and aircraft maintenance exchange, as well as daily airborne operations to include military free fall and static line drops,” said Lt. Col. Sid Kennedy, 353rd SOG mission commander for FE17. “These targeted tactical exchanges in flight, maintenance and combat control strengthen the relationship with our ROK counterparts.”

The combined airborne operations performed during Foal Eagle 2017 reinforced the ROK-U.S. alliance and demonstrated one of the many alliance capabilities available for the defense of the ROK.

“In addition to working with our ROK partners, we have been able to increase interoperability with our joint partners from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and III Marine Expeditionary Force,” said Kennedy. “Utilizing air support from our MC-130s and the army’s MH-47s, our 320th Special Tactics Squadron operators conducted tactical-level exchanges with III MEF and their ROK counterparts in military free fall, static line drop and personnel recovery.”

Aircrew from the 1st and 17th Special Operations Squadron received a refresher on survival, evasion, resistance and escape (SERE) training during the exercise’s personnel recovery event.

“We simulated that our MC-130 crash landed, and I sustained injuries while bailing out of the aircraft,” said Capt. Steven Conradi, 1st Special Operations Squadron pilot. “Our SERE instructors did a great job of simulating what you’d actually be feeling if you were in a situation like this and provided hands-on training to keep us current in the knowledge and skill level needed to return with honor.”

In addition to providing survival training to aircrew, the SERE instructors and exercise planners from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron created a complex training mission for the joint personnel recovery team performing the rescue.

“Foal Eagle presents a unique opportunity to evaluate our readiness and execute critical training objectives through special tactics missions, air operations, aircraft maintenance and mission support functions,” said Freeman. “I want to thank our friends and allies for making the success of this exercise possible and we look forward to next year.”

Foal Eagle is an annual Joint Chief of Staff exercise based on realistic tactical requirements and missions expected of the ROK-U.S. combined and joint forces assuming various threats.