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  • Female Air Commando promoted to brigadier general

    Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, Air Force Special Operations Command’s first female selected for promotion to the rank of a general officer, was promoted June 14 at a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Cartier now serves as AFSOC’s director of operations.
  • 352d SOW welcomes new commander

    Col. Clay Freeman accepted command of the 352d Special Operations Wing from Col. Matthew Smith during a change of command at RAF Mildenhall, England June 13, 2019. In his last assignment, Freeman served as the Air Force Special Operations Command chief of staff at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The ceremony was officiated by Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.
  • Medal of Honor recipient John Chapman memorialized at Pope Army Airfield

    Master Sgt. John Chapman was commemorated during a Medal of Honor dedication at Pope Army Airfield on May 30. A life-size figure of Chapman, a hand-drawn portrait and a replica of his Medal of Honor were unveiled and placed on permanent display at the Benini Heritage Center, a nationally-recognized museum that is part of the 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron, home of the Combat Control apprentice course.
  • NASCAR honors fallen Special Tactics Airman

    Family members and teammates of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin attend the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 Miles of Remembrance race on May 26, 2019, Concord, North Carolina. Elchin, a Special Tactics combat controller, was killed in action when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2018, while deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Special Tactics operators are U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air-to-ground integration force and the Air Force’s special operations ground force leading global access, precision strike, personnel recovery, and battlefield surgery operations.
  • SOST member awarded Bronze Star Medal for life-saving actions

    U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. J Hall, a Special Operations Surgical Team surgical technician with the 720th Operations Support Squadron, receives the Bronze Star Medal from U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Webb, the director of operations for SOST, during a presentation ceremony at the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, Miami, Florida, May 23, 2019. Hall was presented a BSM for his life-saving battlefield surgery actions while deployed in 2016. Special Operations Surgical Teams are highly-mobile, tailorable teams of surgical and emergency specialists trained to provide life-saving surgical care and trauma resuscitation on or near the battlefield.
  • AFSOC holds Run to Honor 5k run/ruck for fallen Airmen

    Air Force Special Operations Command hosted the annual Run to Honor 5k run/ruck at Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 10, 2019. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Forrest Sibley was killed in action in Afghanistan while assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The run honored the AFSOC Airmen who have paid the
  • Air Force transitions enlisted specialty, grows Special Tactics capabilities

    Enlisted Airmen have been analyzing weather since the very beginning of American military flight in 1917. Decades of hard-earned experience led to Special Operations Weather Team Airmen being designated with their own Air Force Specialty Code in 2008. By combining the core skills of Special Operation Forces with their meteorology skills, SOWTs have been a critical asset to the War on Terror. Alongside Special Tactics teammates from forward deployed locations, SOWTs would gather, assess, and interpret environmental data in order to forecast weather impacts to operations. In a location like Afghanistan, this was vital to successful air-ground operations.
  • U.S. Forces train with Moroccan Royal Armed Forces through contingency scenarios

    Members of the Royal Armed Forces of Morocco and the U.S. Air Force joined together for over 10 days of thorough, bilateral cooperation and training during exercise Judicious Response Epic Guardian 19, during the last weeks of April, 2019, based out of Inzegane Airbase, Agadir, Morocco.
  • Col. Andrew Jett assumes command of 492nd Special Operations Wing

    Hundreds of Carpetbaggers from the 492nd Special Operations Wing welcomed their new wing commander during a change of command ceremony May 6. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony as Col. Andrew Jett took command of the wing from Col. Todd A. Fogle.
  • AFSOC welcomes new USSOCOM leader

    Air Force Special Operations Command welcomed the commander of United States Special Operations Command, U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, to Hurlburt Field, Florida, May 7. During the visit, Clarke received an AFSOC orientation to gain an increased understanding of how the command contributes to the National Defense Strategy.
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