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A U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II from the 1st Special Operations Squadron flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, shortly after takeoff May 14, 2015.  The 1st Special Operations Squadron operates the MC-130H providing infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel) 1st SOS, 353rd SOMXS work together to execute formation flight

0 6/15
2015
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks with Staff Sgt. Dustin Gorski, a pararescueman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Human Performance Center at Kadena Air Base, Japan Dec. 15, 2014.  General and Mrs. Votel toured the facilities and met with staff members to see the program’s efforts in support of the Preservation of the Force and Family initiative.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zade Vadnais) USSOCOM leadership visits 353rd SOG
U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks with Staff Sgt. Dustin Gorski, a pararescueman from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, during a visit to the Human Performance Center at Kadena Air Base, Japan Dec. 15, 2014. General and Mrs. Votel toured the facilities and met with staff members to see the
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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
0 12/03
2014
Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton (U.S. Air Force photo) 320th STS Airman dies after training mishap
Tech. Sgt. Sean Barton, an Air Force Special Operations Command pararescueman assigned to the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, died Oct. 30 from injuries sustained after a rappelling training incident during a joint exercise training event near Kathmandu, Nepal. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation."Sean was a selfless leader
0 11/01
2014
A MC-130P Combat Shadow crew and maintainers prepare to start engines before conducting a 4-ship formation flight Oct. 16, 2014 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.  The formation flight marks the beginning of the retirement for the Combat Shadow in the Pacific, as the unit transitions to the MC-130J Commando II.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer) 17th SOS pays tribute to MC-130P retirement
From providing helicopter air-to-air refueling to conducting long-range support of Special Operations Forces, the MC-130P Combat Shadow has provided a critical service to the U.S. military for nearly 50 years.The 17th Special Operations Squadron highlighted the beginning of the MC-130P Combat Shadow retirement with one final formation flight on
0 10/27
2014
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