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Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Thompson, at right, chief enlisted advisor for the Battlefield Airman Training Group, unfurls the BA TG guidon for Col. Ronald Stenger, incoming commander of the BA TG, left, and Col. Roy Collins, commander of the 37th Training Wing, right, during the group’s activation ceremony June 2, 2016, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. As a result, BA training, which is currently located across eight locations in seven states, will streamline the training pipeline to reduce costs, and lead to improvements and synergies in the process. New Air Force unit activated to better train elite combat Airmen
The Air Force activated June 2 a battlefield airman training group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The group will consolidate and streamline training for the Air Force's conventional and special operations ground forces.
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The family of Capt. Matthew D. Roland, a Special Tactics officer killed in action, was presented his posthumous Silver Star medal by Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 1, 2016. Roland gave his last full measure to protect teammates during an ambush on his convoy at an Afghan-led security checkpoint near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan, Aug. 26, 2015. The Silver Star medal is the nation's third-highest valorous combat decoration.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy/Released) That Others May Live: Silver Star medal for a fallen Airman, son
Air Force Capt. Matthew Roland, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, posthumously received the Silver Star today for actions taken during an ambush Aug. 26, 2015, in Afghanistan. Roland's family accepted the decoration on behalf of the fallen Special Tactics officer.
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Participants of the 352nd Special Operations Wing Spouses’ Day view an MC-130J Commando II static display May 26, 2016, on RAF Mildenhall, England. Equipment, weapons, vehicles and aircraft were on display to educate those in attendance of the wing’s capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Micaiah Anthony/Released) 352nd SOW Hosts Spouses' Day
Families of 352nd Special Operations Wing Airmen saw May 26 the equipment, vehicles and aircraft of the unit during a Spouses' Day event.
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U.S. Air Force Special Tactics teams train with Jordanian special operations forces in personnel recovery techniques during Eager Lion 2016. This is one of the first times Special Tactics provided command and control of an exercise joint-task force, directing U.S. Army and Jordanian SOF teams in
 Air Force ground missions such as personnel recovery and precision strike. Exercise Eager Lion 2016 consisted of simulated real-world scenarios to facilitate a coordinated partnered military response to conventional and
 unconventional threats. The addition of this SOF asset enhances U.S. and Jordanian effectiveness and capability to respond to real-world crises and threats. (Courtesy photo/Released)
Special Tactics trains in bi-lateral Eager Lion exercise
Eager Lion 2016, is a bi-lateral exercise with U.S. special operations forces training with Jordanian forces. This year’s exercise showcased the lesser-known SOF ground component in a big way, providing valuable insight into Air Force Special Tactic’s unique air/ground capabilities and background.
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Air Force Special Operations Command Commander Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, left, and U.S. Special Operations Command Command Sgt. Maj. William Thetford, second from right, celebrate AFSOC's 2016 outstanding Airmen and civilians of the year during a banquet at Hurlburt Field, May 19, 2016. The award winners toured Hurlburt Field May 17 and 18  before being honored at the yearly awards banquet held May 19 to celebrate their accomplishments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Air Commandos presented as AFSOC's best
Air Commandos received special recognition as the 2015 Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen and civilians of the year during a formal banquet May 19 at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James conducts an all-call with base personnel and members of the local community May 17, 2016, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. James toured the wing to gain a deeper understanding of the Air Force Special Operations Command mission, and Cannon’s role in providing Special Operations Forces to the warfighter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons) SecAF gains special ops insight at Cannon
The secretary of the Air Force visited Cannon's Air Commandos May 17 to better understand the operations of Air Force special operations forces and its warfighters.During her visit, Deborah Lee James received a tour of the 27th Special Operations Wing's Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations Center; met with wing and tenant unit leadership to discuss
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Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, thanks the assembled Air Commandos for his Order of the Sword induction invitation at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 2, 2016. The Order of the Sword is the highest award the enlisted corps can bestow upon an officer. Heithold has served as AFSOC commander since July 3, 2014, and this honor recognizes his conspicuous and significant contributions to the welfare and prestige of the Air Force enlisted force, mission effectiveness as well as the overall military establishment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) Heithold to receive AFSOC Order of the Sword
Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, was surprised May 2, by Chief Master Sgt. Matt Caruso and an assembly of Air Commandos with an engraved invitation to be inducted into the AFSOC Order of the Sword. The general will be the tenth individual to receive the command's honor.
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Attendees of the Air Force Special Operations Command Warrior C.A.R.E. Summit gather for a group photo with distinguished visitors at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa April 26, 2016. The summit was designed to give wounded, injured and ill service members and caregivers an opportunity to discover available resources, network with helping agencies, develop mentor relationships and expand their life skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Meagan Schutter) AFSOC hosts Warrior C.A.R.E. Summit
Nearly 50 Air Commandos attended the Air Force Special Operations Command Warrior C.A.R.E. (Connection, Awareness, Resources, Endurance) Summit April 25-29 with their families at a hotel resort near Hurlburt Field, Fla. The event was part of the command's Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program.
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A CV-22 Osprey provided transport for Frigid Archer. Frigid Archer 2016 showcased the 1st Special Operations Wing "Anytime, Anyplace" motto during a weeklong exercise. Frigid Archer tested 1st SOW Air Commandos’ expertise through a myriad of operational and support requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Placie) Frigid Archer challenges Air Commandos on Eglin Range
Airmen of the 1st Special Operations Wing and other Hurlburt Field units operated Jan. 6-13 from austere conditions here.The combat deployment and employment exercise -- called Frigid Archer -- challenged Air Commandos to work from a bare-base set up, reinforcing the command's ability to operate "anytime, anyplace."They performed operational and
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A C-146 Wolfhound passes a C-145 Skytruck while flying over the Duke Field runway Oct. 21.  The Air Force Special Operations Wing aircraft are used specifically in the training and operation of the 919th Special Operations Wing’s mission.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sam King) C-146 Wolfhound, C-145 Skytruck fly at Duke Field
A C-146 Wolfhound and C-145 Skytruck fly a sortie at Duke Field, Fla., Oct. 21, 2015. These special operations aircraft are used specifically in the training and operation of the 919th Special Operations Wing’s mission.
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