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The remains of Capt. Matthew Roland are taken to his funeral service and final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 18, 2015. Roland was fatally wounded in an attack near a vehicle checkpoint at Camp Antonik, a forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Roland was a special tactics officer at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nichelle Anderson released) 
Fallen Special Tactics officer to receive Silver Star medal
The nation's third highest combat decoration will be presented June 1 at Hurlburt Field to the family of Capt. Matthew R. Roland, a Special Tactics officer who was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron when he was killed in action in 2015.
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2016
26th Special Tactics Squadron members prepare for their final touch-down onto a landing zone March 25, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Air Commandos with the 26th STS performed routine practice jumps as part of maintaining operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) Air Commandos infiltrate via free fall
Members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted routine jump training March 25 just over the Cannon flightline, training to infiltrate hostile or remote areas where it is not possible for aircraft to land.While jumpers loaded onto an MC-130J Commando II, a ground crew worked quickly to establish a landing zone. And with safety consistently
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2016
The remains of Capt. Matthew Roland are taken to his funeral service and final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., Sept. 18, 2015. Roland was fatally wounded in an attack near a vehicle checkpoint at Camp Antonik, a forward operating base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Roland was a special tactics officer at the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nichelle Anderson released) A man to emulate: Honoring a fallen Special Tactics Officer
Capt. Matthew D. Roland was the guy people depended on, turned to, looked up to. He was, to quote a teammate, “the kind of man other men strive to emulate.”He was a “man’s man” who could fix or build anything. He was the guy who “could fit in any crowd” and “lead any team.” This is how Roland was remembered as he was laid to rest at Arlington
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2015
Special Tactics Airmen from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron jump from an MC-130J Commando II near Kuantan, Malaysia, June 8, 2015.  The high-altitude low-opening jumps were conducted as part of Exercise Teak Mint, a multinational and bilateral exercise between the Royal Malaysian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer)  USAF, RMAF complete HALO jumps during Exercise Teak Mint

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2015
A member of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron completes pull-ups with a 25-pound vest during a physical fitness standards study, May 5, 2015, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. The results of this study will help the Air Force Fitness Unit develop and validate recommendations for occupationally-specific, operationally-relevant, and gender-neutral physical tests and standards. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Eboni Reece) 26th STS members participate in fitness standards study
Nearly two dozen members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron participated in a physical fitness study that analyzes mission requirements for Battlefield Airmen.The physical fitness tests are part of an in-depth study to scientifically measure Battlefield Airmen’s operational mission requirements. This study aims to better correlate operational
0 6/02
2015
Default Air Force Logo 9 Special Tactics Airmen commended for reaction to Hwy 98 car accident
Nine Airmen received Community Service Awards May 20 from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department.The commendations were for their selfless reaction of rendering aid following a multi-car accident on a major thoroughfare in west Okaloosa County.A significant crash March 3, 2015, blocked all lanes of Hwy 98 near Hurlburt Field. A crash in this
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2015
U.S. Air Force Lt Gen Bradley A. Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of Special Operations Command, applaud three U.S. Air Force Special Tactics combat controllers, who received an Air Force Cross and two Silver Stars today. They are credited with saving the lives of more than 80 U.S. Army Special Forces and Afghan Commando teammates by providing flawless air-to-ground integration in the special operations battlefield. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Ryan Conroy/Released) 48-hour battle results in Air Force Cross, Silver Star medals
Three Special Tactics combat controllers were awarded the Air Force Cross and two Silver Star medals here May 6 for extraordinary heroism and gallantry in the face of danger while on a deployment to Afghanistan in September 2014.The combat controllers, all from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, were recognized for their superior integration of air
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2015
Air Commandos from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron pull a Humvee during the Monster Mash April 10, 2015, on RAF Mildenhall, England. A Monster Mash is a long-standing special tactics tradition which combines event designed to test strength, stamina and teamwork skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kyla Gifford) Monster Mash challenges 321 STS Air Commandos
Air Commandos from the 321st Special Tactics Squadron participate in a challenge during the Monster Mash April 10, 2015 on RAF Mildenhall, England. The Monster Mash consisted of various events such as navigating across a “lava” pit, pulling a Humvee and a blind weapons assembly. The squadron broke into five teams and included combat controllers,
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2015
Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James pins the Air Force Cross to the uniform of Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman from the 56th Rescue Squadron, Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, during a ceremony at the Freedom Hangar on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 17, 2014. While deployed to Afghanistan with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, Ruiz protected his injured special operations forces teammates with fire support and provided emergency medical care under intense enemy fire in the dark, Dec. 10, 2013. The last six Air Force Crosses have all been awarded to AFSOC Special Tactics Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Christopher Callaway) PJ’s extraordinary heroism earns Air Force Cross
Recognizing extraordinary heroism shown in combat, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented the Air Force Cross to an Air Commando during a ceremony here, Dec. 17.Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman deployed with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was awarded the U.S. military’s second highest decoration for an
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2014
The firing party stands and salutes after conducting a three volley salute while a bugler plays Taps during a memorial service held for Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton Nov. 25, 2014 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  Barton, a 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescueman, died Oct. 30 from injuries sustained after a rappelling incident during a joint exercise training event near Kathmandu, Nepal.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) 320th STS PJ remembered at memorial service
From a small special operations community a large group of people gathered to honor one man’s life. A memorial service was held Nov. 25 at Kadena Air Base for Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton, a pararescueman assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron who died Oct. 30 from injuries sustained after a rappelling incident during a joint exercise training
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2014
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