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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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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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A U.S. Marine Corps High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) assigned to 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division loads onto a U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group following a readiness drill, June 1, 2017 at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The tactical level exchanges and realistic scenario-based mission executed during the joint training exercise increased interoperability and partner capacity with between the U.S Air Force and Marine Corps. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Pacific joint partners team up to provide precision firepower
Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group demonstrated a rapid infiltration capability June 1 during the execution of a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) training drill at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea.  “The unique mission set in the Indo-Asia Pacific region requires continuous collaboration with military partners and
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Capt. Christopher Cadieux, a 146th Air Support Operations Squadron air liaison officer from Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma City, calls in coordinates during a training event at Razorback Range, Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center in Fort Smith, Ark., and Hog Military Operating Area, Mansfield, Ark., July 11, 2017. The close air support training event, called Sooner Strike, was coordinated by the 146 ASOS and enabled Airmen in the air and on the ground to share techniques and accomplish both mission qualification training and continuation training with several aircraft common to TACP missions. (U.S Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Andrew M. LaMoreaux) Oklahoma Air National Guardsman participate in five-day close air support training event
More than 50 Airmen from Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve wings participated in a five-day close air support training event at two Arkansas training areas, July 10-14, 2017.   Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) specialists from the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron coordinated the event known as Sooner Strike. The event allowed Airmen to
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A U.S. Air Force 320th Special Tactics Squadron jumpmaster signals the time prior to high altitude, high opening (HAHO) jump operations July 11, 2017, over Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia during Talisman Saber 2017. The 320th STS combat controllers and U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion operators infilled two days prior to the exercise’s massive tactical (MASS TAC) airdrop of 500 jumpers in order to establish the drop zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Joint HAHO jump at Talisman Saber 2017
Air Commandos of the 353rd Special Operations Wing participated in a high-altitude high-opening parachute jump with U.S. Marines during Talisman Saber exercises.The jump from an MC-130J Commando II flown by the 17th Special Operations Squadron was over Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia. The training exercise conducted between
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An 8th Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft descends for a landing during Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Himsel Army Airfield, Ind., July 9, 2017. The Osprey is a versatile, self-deployable aircraft that offers increased speed and range over other rotary-wing aircraft, enabling Air Force Special Operations Command aircrews to execute long-range special operations missions, any time, any place. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Air Commandos participate in joint force exercise
Air Commandos participated in Total Force Exercise 17-3 in south Indiana, July 7-9, 2017. Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Wing conduct exercises with joint services to strengthen the development of joint leaders and teams to better understand the synergy of air, space, and cyber power, and how to synthesize the capabilities the air component brings with the other elements of joint and national power.
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Senior Airman Darren Pizarro, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems specialist, drives his work truck to the next work site at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 27, 2017. Pizarro and his peers at the base electrical shop have already handled over 600 requests this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Electrical systems specialists light path to mission success
Every Air Force base and installation around the world requires electricity to operate successfully. Responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining this electrical network, electrical systems specialists ensure that our primary source of energy is always available. From space command communicating with our satellites to hospitals operating lifesaving equipment, every Air Force function depends on this crucial service provided by these experts.
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A U.S. Air Force 1st Special Operations Squadron intelligence officer briefs U.S. and Australian partners on the intelligence picture as aircrew and special tactics personnel prepare to execute the warfighting scenario of Talisman Saber 2017, July 10, 2017, at Rockhampton, Australia. Working with the Australian Army’s 6th Aviation and 2nd Commando Regiments, 37th Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, 40th Squadron Royal New Zealand Air Force, U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron-85 and U.S. Marine Corps 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion provided the 353rd Special Operations Group the opportunity for increased partnership building capacity and interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Intelligence driving operations at Talisman Saber 2017
Though hidden behind the scenes, the intelligence analysts of the 353rd Special Operations Group and their Australian counterparts paint the big picture of the warfighting scenario for Talisman Saber 2017, a biennial military training exercise from 23 June to 25 July throughout various locations in Australia.“We are working with our Australian
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Jay Davidson and his father, Martin, sit in a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey during a Pilot for a Day visit July 7, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. During the visit, Jay and his parents also viewed a KC-135 Stratotanker and an MC-130J Commando II, in addition to a tour of the air traffic control tower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony) Team Mildenhall makes Isleham boy ‘Pilot for a Day’
U.S. Airmen from RAF Mildenhall welcomed Jay Davidson and his parents during a Pilot for a Day visit July 7, 2017, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Jay was diagnosed with high-risk medulloblastoma in January 2017. After seven months of chemotherapy, Jay’s doctors told him the tumors have gone into remission. His visit included CV-22 Osprey and MC-130J
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Junior ROTC cadets sound off in formation during Summer Leadership School at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 27, 2017. Special Tactics Airmen partnered with more than 50 cadets from five local high schools for a week-long Summer Leadership Course to learn about leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Air Commandos educate JROTC cadets in leadership school
The 1st and 24th Special Operations Wings here hosted a Junior ROTC summer leadership school, June 26-30, providing nearly 60 cadets from five local high schools with a week of hands-on experience in military affairs and mentorship.
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