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U.S. SOCOM commander visits 352nd SOW Air Commandos

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kirk W. Smith, Special Operations Command Europe commander, on a tour of the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kirk W. Smith, Special Operations Command Europe commander, on a tour of the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with 352nd Special Operations Wing special tactics operators at RAF Mildehall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with 352nd Special Operations Wing special tactics operators at RAF Mildehall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with flying crew chiefs assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. This year, marked the 352nd SOW's first time in Air Force history, to stand up a CV-22 flying crew chief program.

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with flying crew chiefs assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. This year, marked the 352nd SOW's first time in Air Force history, to stand up a CV-22 flying crew chief program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, and his team board a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, and his team board a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey from the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, learns about a medical simulator 352nd Special Operations Wing Airmen train on at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019, during a site visit. 352nd SOW is the only AFSOC medical flight to have its own CV-22 Medical Simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, learns about a medical simulator 352nd Special Operations Wing Airmen train on at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019, during a site visit. 352nd SOW is the only AFSOC medical flight to have its own CV-22 Medical Simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, tours a 352nd Special Operations Wing dorm at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, tours a 352nd Special Operations Wing dorm at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The mission of the 352nd SOW, part of Air Force Special Operations Command, is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and combat support to execute the full spectrum of SOF missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

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U.S Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, visited Air Commandos of the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019.

“Leadership visits, such as this one, are extremely valuable in helping our higher headquarters gain ground-level understanding of operations and needs of our units,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Horton, Vice Commander for the 352nd Special Operations Wing. “During his time here, Gen. Clarke was able to meet with 352 SOW members and see how their daily roles contribute to the fight.”

As the 12th commander of USSOCOM, Clarke oversees approximately 70,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps Special Operations Forces and the Theater Special Operation Commands.

This marked Clarke’s first visit to the European theatre as USSOCOM commander. During his time at RAF Mildenhall, he received an orientation 352 SOW’s mission, observed capability demonstrations of the MC-130J Commando II and CV-22 Osprey, learned about various innovative projects, and spoke with special tactics operators.

“One of our most important missions is to provide worldwide responsive combat airpower and support to the European theatre,” said Horton. “Our Air commandos stay ready to support the full spectrum of SOF missions, any time any place.”