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  • U-28A Draco crew receives 2018 Mackay Trophy

    Members of the U-28A crew, "DRACO 42", received the 2018 Mackay Trophy during a ceremony at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, Nov. 13, 2019. Air Commandos from the 319th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron including Maj. Caitlin Reilly, Capt. Patrick Perez, Capt. Samantha Lang and Senior Airman Kyle Hanson, received the Mackay Trophy for their distinguished actions during a flight in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel on Aug. 14, 2018.
  • Special Tactics Chief awarded Silver Star for countering overwhelming Afghan ambush

    What began as a typical reconnaissance patrol during a brisk November in Afghanistan quickly took a devastating turn for the worst. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Grove, a Special Tactics combat controller assigned as the 720th Special Tactics Group superintendent, delivered thousands of pounds of munition, securing the safety of his joint and partner forces, and now he’s receiving the Silver Star Medal.
  • Special Tactics Officer passes after battle with cancer

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Jon "AJ" Ciechomski, 27, a Special Tactics officer with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, died after a battle with cancer at home with his family in St. Clairesville, Ohio, Wednesday.
  • Special Tactics Airman identified, recovery efforts ongoing

    The Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft, November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, has been identified. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command.
  • AFSOC Airmen recognized at ACA convention

    Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen were recognized during the Air Commando Association’s convention from Oct. 24-27, 2019. The convention included the presentation of the ACA Commander’s Leadership Awards and inductions into the Air Commando Hall of Fame.
  • AFSOC leadership picks Spark Tank Competition semi-finalists

    Air Force Special Operations Command’s leadership gathered to judge the command’s top five innovative ideas during AFSOC’s Spark Tank Competition. Two ideas were selected for competition at the Headquarters Air Force level and potential presentation at the Air Force Association in Orlando at the end of February.
  • Rallying at the top; AFSOC holds fall Commando Rally

    Air Force Special Operations Command’s senior leaders gathered at Hurlburt Field, Florida, for the fall Commando Rally from Oct. 21-24, 2019.
  • U.S., Hungarian SOF train together in another NATO bi-lateral engagement

    Hungarian and U.S. Special Operations Forces began a training engagement 25 October, 2019 at the invitation of Hungarian SOF and through coordination by U.S. and Hungarian governments. U.S. Air Force CV-22Bs recently trained out of Szolnok, Hungary in June 2019 during Trojan Footprint, an annual U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise, and the Hungarian-led Black Swan exercise as well.
  • Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar held in the Indo-Pacific AOR

    For the first time in history, U.S. Air Force Special Operations School hosted a Building Partnership Aviation Capacity Seminar abroad at Kadena Air Force Base, Japan, 9-20 Sept.BPACS is a two week course, held quarterly, that brings aviation-minded partner nation military personnel together with U.S. service members and civil servants. Partner
  • Special Tactics Airman killed in training incident

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Peter Kraines, 33, a Special Tactics pararescueman with the 24th Special Operations Wing, died from injuries sustained in a training incident while performing mountain rescue techniques in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday. The incident is currently under investigation.
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