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  • Answering the call: Special Tactics Airmen conclude Haiti earthquake relief efforts

    Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing concluded their response to augment humanitarian aid efforts in Haiti on Sept. 2, 2021 following a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, which hit the country Aug. 14. The Special Tactics Airmen were alerted on the morning of Aug. 16 that they would augment Joint Task Force-Haiti relief efforts. With the help of  C-146A Wolfhound aircrews, assigned to the 492nd and 919th Special Operations Wings, the team touched down in Port Au Prince, Haiti within 36 hours.
  • Teaching the Commando new tricks

    The C-130J is an incredibly versatile aircraft, and since it’s creation, it’s landed on rough fields, in arctic locations and even an aircraft carrier Yet, it cannot land on water, which covers about 71% of the planet. As national strategic objectives shift focus to littoral regions, Air Force Special Operations Command is advancing new approaches to expand the multi-mission platform's runway independence and expeditionary capacity. In partnership with the Air Force Research Lab's Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation (AFRL-SDPE) directorate, AFSOC is developing an MC-130J Commando II Amphibious Capability (MAC) to improve the platform's support of seaborne special operations. "The development of the MAC capability is the culmination of multiple lines of effort," said Lt Col Josh Trantham, AFSOC Science, Systems, Technology, & Innovation (SST&I) Deputy Division Chief. "This capability allows the Air Force to increase placement and access for infiltration, exfiltration, and personnel recovery, as well as providing enhanced logistical capabilities for future competition and conflict."
  • It’s okay to ask for help

    When I was a bright-eyed, young Airman eight or nine years ago, one of the first stories I was tasked with writing was about the base mental health clinic. One of the technicians I interviewed kind of hesitantly asked me why I was bothering writing a story about them, but I didn’t understand him.
  • Duke Field plans drive-through vaccinations for Reservists

    To ensure the readiness of Citizen Air Commandos, the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron has begun ordering the Comirnaty vaccine—previously known as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and anticipate to have it available during the September Unit Training Assembly.
  • 27 SOG, DET 2 Conducts Initial local Flight

    Members of the 27th Special Operations Group, Detachment 2 generated their first local flight of the newly acquired AC-130J Ghostrider gunship aircraft Aug. 19, 2021. The flight helped the crew familiarize themselves with the aircraft and its capabilites.
  • AFSOC announces selectees for 2nd Civilian Development Program

    Air Force Special Operations Command completed its 2nd Civilian Development Program board July 16, 2021 here. This program is designed to deliberately develop our civilian workforce to enable AFSOC to successfully meet contemporary security challenges as defined in the 2021 Interim National Security Strategy and the 2018 National Defense Strategy.
  • 492 SOW, Det. 1: small unit, vast impacts

    Electromagnetic Warfare (EW).Chances are, unless you’re somehow involved in the EW community, you’re not likely familiar with what EW is.Previously known as ‘Electronic Warfare’, Electromagnetic Warfare is a military action in which forces use reception and transmission of electromagnetic energy to obtain mastery of the electromagnetic spectrum,
  • 23rd SOWS: Hurricane prepared with a global impact

    The National Hurricane Center and the 23rd Special Operation Weather Squadron are currently monitoring Hurricane “X” located southwest of the area of responsibility. This system will slowly begin to curve north and northeast before it makes landfall over Alabama Wednesday morning. The expansive wind field will contribute to a prolonged period of tropical storm force winds extending across the western Florida panhandle. Impacts to Hurlburt Field are as follows… For weather Airmen, this is a common message crafted to alert and inform the 1st Special Operations Wing Commander and mission partners of potential threats to base resources and the population. “We are part of the planning process for missions but also deal with resource protection,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Mandy Wright, 23rd SOWS craftsman. “We tailor our reports to each aircraft and the potential threats that are inherent to various weather conditions.”
  • AFSOC embarks on a Bold Quest to augment live exercises with networked simulations

    Our way of living has radically changed through the advances of technology and innovation. As society progresses, the make-up and execution of warfare is also shifting. Exercise Bold Quest 21.1, which took place July 26 to Aug 13, demonstrated a new way US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) forces can train and operate effectively in a digital environment. The USSOCOM Directorate J3 led the exercise and Air Force Special Operations Command operations were conducted at the 492d Special Operations Wing in the Mission Rehearsal and Operations Center and aircraft simulator facilities which assessed current geospatial interoperability between the simulators.
  • 492d SOW POTFF team leads way with neurofeedback capabilities

    Have you ever wondered how the brain ticks, or even more precisely, how your own neurons are firing? The 492d Special Operations Wing Preservation of the Force and Family, or POTFF, is now helping service members discover how to improve their cognitive abilities through a process called neurofeedback.Through ‘brain mapping,’ the 492 SOW POTFF
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