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AFSOC hosts Emerald Warrior '15

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  • Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs
Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting the annual Emerald Warrior exercise April 20 through May 1. This joint exercise provides pre-deployment training for special operations forces, conventional, interagency and partner nation forces in combat scenarios.

Emerald Warrior is the Department of Defense’s only exercise that focuses on irregular warfare and hones special operations forces air and ground combat skills. This two-week exercise allows participants to further develop tactics, techniques and procedures and to strengthen relationships for future deployments. Missions flown during Emerald Warrior will help train our crews in a joint, realistic environment.

Training events for Emerald Warrior will take place on ranges in the Southeast U.S. at Hurlburt Field, Eglin Air Force Base and Apalachicola in Florida; Camp Shelby and Stennis in Mississippi; Pelham Range in Alabama; and Melrose Range in New Mexico. Residents may see an increase in military activity in their area to include a higher than usual number of military vehicles and aircraft noise during the nighttime hours. Residents may also hear simulated munitions fire. All training occurs at designated sites with the permission of property owners and local authorities.

The exercise leverages lessons learned from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom to provide trained and ready forces to combatant commanders.

Media inquiries should be directed to AFSOC public affairs at (850) 884-5515.