16th Annual Emerald Warrior Jumps Into Action Published April 27, 2023 By Air Force Special Operations Command HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting the 16th Annual Emerald Warrior exercise at multiple locations across Florida, as well as Puerto Rico and will run through May 6. This joint, combined exercise provides realistic and relevant, high-end training to prepare special operations forces, conventional forces, and international partners in the evolving strategic environment, shifting focus to growing kinetic and non-kinetic effects in strategic competition. Emerald Warrior applies lessons learned from real-world operations to provide trained and ready personnel to the joint force, while addressing priorities laid out in the 2022 National Defense Strategy. Vital to this effort are effective trained forces and strong international partnerships. Partner force participants for this year are primarily from France, Germany, and Lithuania. This exercise hones the skills of participating units and is an opportunity to test future concepts in support Agile Combat Employment operating under the new Air Force Force Generation deployment model. In line with AFSOC’s Strategic Guidance, the exercise fuels on-going pathfinding and experimentation efforts within the command. Residents near training locations may notice increased military activity in their area. All training occurs at designated sites, coordinated with local authorities. Please direct media inquiries to AFSOC public affairs at (850) 884-5515.