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Special tactics ensures contingency response readiness during HA/DR exercise

We look down from above at a Special Tactics Operator applying a dressing to a victim's left arm during training.

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing provides medical aid to an injured civilian during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

Four Special Tactics Operators carry a patient on a stretcher to a waiting dual-rotor helicopter waiting in a field.

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 24th Special Operations Wing move a patient to a CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

Two Special Tactics Operators carry a patient on a stretcher to a waiting dual-rotor helicopter waiting in a field.

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 24th Special Operations Wing move a patient to a CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

We are looking up at the bottom of a hovering dual rotor helicopter as a Special Tactics operator is hoisted up to the helicopter.

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing is hoisted up to a CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepares for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

Over the tops of trees in the foreground we can see a hovering dual-rotor helicopter lowering a Special Tactics Operator into the tree tops.

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing is hoisted down from a CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped Special Tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepares for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

A Special Tactics Operator kneels on the far side of a patient in a stretcher during training.

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing provides medical aid to an injured civilian during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

We look at the bottoms of the shoes of a patient as he is flanked by two Special Tactics Operators working as a team to move the injured patient onto a stretcher.

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 24th Special Operations Wing provide medical aid to a simulated injured civilian during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

We look at the side of a Special Tactics Operator as he leans over with his helmet against a corrugated metal wall as he looks for injured civilians through a hole in the wall.

A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator from the 24th Special Operations Wing searches for simulated injured civilians during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepares for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

Three Special Tactics operators have just walked off of the ramp of a dual-rotor helicopter in the middle of a field.

U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 24th Special Operations Wing exit a CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped special tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepares for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

Between two trees we look up at a hovering dual-rotor helicopter.
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A U.S. CV-22 Osprey from the 8th Special Operations Squadron prepares to land and insert Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 24th Special Operations Wing during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. This humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped Special Tactics operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepares for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jason Robertson/Released)

We look over the shoulders of two rows of Special Tactics operators as they look out of an open ramp of a dual-rotor operator. An operator is facing the ramp outside the helicopter making sure all Operators inside the helicopter are ready before taking off.
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A flight engineer, 8th Special Operations Squadron, ensures everyone is accounted for prior to liftoff during a hurricane response exercise with Air Force Special Tactics operators at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A single Special Tactics Operator with heavy pack walks away from us under the tail of a helicopter towards a simulated disaster site in the tree line in the distance.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator returns to a small village to retrieve patients needing care during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

As we look out of the open ramp of a dual-rotor helicoper, a Special Tactics operator lies on the left as a kneeling flight engineer operates equipment to his right as they survey the ground below the helicopter looking for victims of the simulated disaster.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator and a 8th Special Operators Squadron flight engineer look for stranded people from a CV-22 Osprey during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We look out the ramp of a helicopter on the ground as a line of Special Tactics operators disembark and walk away from the helicopter.
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Air Force Special Tactics operators offload a CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, for a personnel recovery mission during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A trio of Special Tactics operators in the foreground with heavy packs walk toward a waiting dual-rotor helicopter ramp where another operator is approaching the ramp.
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Air Force Special Tactics operators load a CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, for a personnel recovery mission during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A trio of Special Tactics operators in the foreground brace as a dual-rotor helicopter a 100 feet away spins up its rotors prior to take-off.
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Air Force Special Tactics operators brace for rotor wash as a CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, lands during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We look over the top of a Special Tactics operator's helmet as the dual-rotor helicopter comes in for a landing a couple of hundred feet away.
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A CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, lands on an airfield to pick up Air Force Special Tactics operators for a personnel recovery mission during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. Special Tactics teams have the ability to conduct personnel recovery missions, from rapid mission planning to technical rescue, treatment and exfiltration. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We look over the shoulder of a Special Tactics operator as his black-gloved hands write with a Sharpie on the lower half of a paper form that has been folded in the middle.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator fills in information about a simulated patient’s injuries during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We look over the shoulder of a Special Tactics operator as he inserts a stethoscope into his ears so he can listen to a patient sitting on the ground to his right in a blue t-shirt and black shorts
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator inserts a stethoscope into his ears to listen to a simulated patient’s breathing during a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

From the side we see the torsos of two Special Tactics operators as they exchange information. The operator on the right is using his hands to make a point as he talks. We can see the "PJ" shoulder patch insignia on the operator on the left indicating that he is a "pararescue jumper."
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator gathers information from his team to pass to higher headquarters during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We see the arms of a Special Tactics operator on the left as he reaches down to pick up a folded-up dark green stretcher from a pile of equipment. We see the legs of another operator as he stands behind the operator reaching for the stretcher.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator grabs a litter to take to a patient needing care during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020 The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Far off in the distance, a dual-rotor helicopter approaches a road that the Special Tactics operators are using as a landing zone. We can see some equipment sitting close to us as we look across the field at the helicopter.
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A CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, circles the airfield prior to landing during training with Air Force Special Tactics during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Two Special Tactics operators wearing backpacks with tall antennas stand near us beside a road where a dual-rotor helicopter has landed. The operators are using their radios to talk to the pilot of the helicopter.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator communicates with the pilot of the incoming CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A dual-rotor helicopter is just about to land on a road in a field. Its rear wheels are close to touching the road as it lands tail-first a few hundred feet away on a road that we are standing beside.
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A CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, lands during a hurricane response training scenario with Air Force Special Tactics at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We see a stack of white boxes with black wires attached to them. We see the technician's hands as he works on the white boxes, connecting the black wires with brightly colored labels to the boxes so that Special Tactics operators can use them for communications during an emergency.
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An Air Force Special Tactics communications technician sets up part of a communication network during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics operator wearing glasses works on black boxes containing radio gear. The operator is working to connect the boxes together so operators can talk to one another during the emergency response.
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A communications technician assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron sets up part of a communication network during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We are looking down a table at a small satellite dish pointing away from us. A Special Tactics operator is connecting radio equipment to the dish to aid communications during the disaster response exercise.
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A communications technician assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron sets up a communication hub during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Two Special Tactics operators set up a bright pink panel beside the road in the distance to help aircraft locate the landing area.
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Air Force Special Tactics operators set up signal panels to mark the airfield during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A trio of Special Tactics operators gather. One is walking in from the left, a radio operator is kneeling beside his gear in the middle of the picture, and another operator is sitting on the ground to the right.  Off in the far distance another trio of operators can be seen standing in a line of three across the road.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator joins his team and assesses simulated hurricane damage during a training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A Special Tactics operator walks close to us from from left to right across a field with a heavy pack. We see a large field of grass stretching off into the distance where it meets a tree line.
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An Air Force Special Tactics operator walks to his team to discuss a plan for assessing simulated hurricane damage during a training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

A blond woman in a black t-shirt can be seen talking to a pair of Special Tactics operators as we look between them over their shoulders at the woman gesturing toward the distance.
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A role player informs Air Force Special Tactics operators what equipment and facilities were not damaged in the simulated hurricane and are available for use during a training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

We see the tail of a dual-rotor helicopter parked off-camera to the left of the picture. A team of Special Tactics operators is walking away from the ramp to the right carrying equipment.
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Air Force Special Tactics operators unload from a CV-22 Osprey, 8th Special Operations Squadron, during a hurricane response training scenario at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Rose Gudex)

Eglin Range, Fla. --

Air Force Special Tactics operators participated in a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events.