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A flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron scans the horizon during a training mission off the coast of Virginia, July 26, 2017. Flight engineers are responsible for watching the approach and relaying the approximate distance between his aircraft and the carrier to the pilots, ensuring a safe landing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Ospreys land on USS Oak Hill
Aircrews with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct deck landing qualifications on the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 8th SOS conducts deck landings four to six times a year to ensure aircrews are qualified, current and ready to conduct global operations any time, any place.
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2017
Default Air Force Logo Raven Claw: The end is just the beginning for CAA students
Three times a year, the 371st Special Operations Combat Training Squadron hosts a five-day culmination exercise in which combat aviation advisor students are put in “Palmetto Land,” a simulated partner nation, to teach and conduct missions at various locations on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Eglin Range, Fla., Duke Field, Fla., and Hurlburt
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2017
Maj. Ryan Mittelstet, Maj. Brett Cassidy and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Nin were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 21, 2017. While assigned to the 8th Expeditionary Special Operations Squadron, Mittelstet, Cassidy and Nin were onboard a CV-22 Osprey conducting a mission to evacuate American citizens during a civil war in Africa. While attempting the evacuation, their aircraft was targeted and hit more than 50 times by surface-to-air fire from ground forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Air Commandos receive Distinguished Flying Cross
Three Air Commandos were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony here, April 21, for their heroic achievements during a Dec. 21, 2013, mission in Africa. The DFC is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who distinguishes himself or herself in combat in support of operations by heroism or
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2017
A Soldier with the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, holds a rope in preparation for fast-rope training at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. An instructor with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron Operational Support Joint Office trained Soldiers on proper fast roping techniques for special operations missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) 1st SOSS HAVE ACE hosts Army Special Forces
Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, participate in 1st Special Operations Support Squadron HAVE ACE training at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 17, 2017. The 1st SOSS Operations Support Joint office coordinates two-week long training programs for Army, Navy and Marine special operations forces
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An F-22 Raptor assigned to the 95th Fighter Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., is marshalled in by a forward area refueling point Air Commando with the 1st Special Operations Logistic Readiness Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 26, 2017. FARP Airmen refueled three F-22s from an MC-130J Commando II tanker aircraft assigned to the 9th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon AFB, N.M., during the operation. The F-22 Raptor is the Air Force's newest fighter aircraft, combining stealth, supercruise, maneuverability and integrated avionics. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Raptors roar for FARPs readiness
Forward area refueling point Airmen with the 1st Special Operations Logistic Readiness Squadron conduct a FARP operation at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Feb. 26, 2017. The FARP program is a United States Special Operations Command initiative that trains petroleum, oils and lubrication Airmen to perform covert, nighttime refueling operations in deployed
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Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission in a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. Aircrew with the 8th SOS conduct routine training flights to ensure their readiness to execute global special operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) Osprey flight engineers ensure readiness
Air Commandos with the 8th Special Operations Squadron conduct a routine training mission on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft during a flight over Northwest Florida, Nov. 8, 2016. The CV-22 combines the vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing qualities of a helicopter with the long-range, fuel efficiency and speed characteristics of a
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2016
An MC-130H Combat Talon II takes off during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct. 29, 2016. The 1st Special Operations Wing provided air support to Joint Special Operations Forces during Southern Strike. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) 1st SOW completes training objectives for Southern Strike
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Wing completed the last day of their joint training missions to wrap up Task Force Exercise Southern Strike here Nov. 3.Southern Strike is an annual, large-scale, conventional and special operations exercise hosted by the Mississippi National Guard at the Gulfport Combat Readiness and Camp Shelby Joint
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2016
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group are briefed prior to a training mission during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct. 25, 2016. During the mission students were evaluated on their ability to respond to a possible IED along their route, provide security while meeting with village leaders and finally - react to enemy weapons fire during their convoy’s return back to base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Air Commandos take on MOUT training
Dust settles as the convoy comes to a halt while the sound of gunfire resounds from the hillside. Immediately, a team of 39 Air Commandos jump into action, ready to apply the skills they learned in their training and preparations leading up to this moment.The team, Airmen assigned to 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group, is engaged in the
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2016
Rounds of 9 mm ammunition are used for M9 pistol training during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct. 23, 2016. Air Commandos received in-depth weapons training from combat arms maintenance and training instructors with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) Air Commandos receive combat arms training
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group receive advance combat arms training during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct. 23, 2016. The Airmen received in-depth weapons training from combat arms training and maintenance instructors with the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron.
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2016
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group enter a building during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct. 24, 2016. The goal of Southern Strike is to provide advanced tactical training to 1st Special Operations Wing Airmen and other participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeff Parkinson) MSG Airmen take on close quarters training at Southern Strike
Air Commandos with the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group clear buildings during Task Force Exercise Southern Strike at Camp Shelby, Miss., Oct 23, 2016. In addition to 1st SOMSG Airmen, 1st Special Operations Wing aircraft consisting of the AC-130U Spooky gunship, MC-130H Combat Talon II, CV-22 Osprey and U-28 are scheduled to support
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