U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Conley, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, gives the closing remarks during a veteran discussion panel at Hurlburt Field, Florida, March 5, 2019. During the event, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. retired Richard Cole, U.S. Air Force retired Senior Master Sgt. William Cartwright and former U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Patt Meara spoke to Air Commandos about their roles during Operation Thursday. The breakfast was one of several events held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Thursday. Operation Thursday was an unorthodox operation in which the first Air Commandos worked alongside British “Chindits” to insert thousands of troops behind enemy lines during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kentavist Brackin)
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