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Into the brush with Operation Raven Claw

An M18 smoke grenade is used to shelter the positions of 6th Special Operations Squadron combat aviation advisor students while they navigated through “Palmetto Land” during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Throughout Raven Claw, students faced different scenarios to include providing casualty treatment for local civilians, handling potential human rights violations and reacting to improvised explosions during the middle of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

An M18 smoke grenade is used to shelter the positions of 6th Special Operations Squadron combat aviation advisor students while they navigated through “Palmetto Land” during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Throughout Raven Claw, students faced different scenarios to include providing casualty treatment for local civilians, handling potential human rights violations and reacting to improvised explosions during the middle of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Master Sgt. John Hickman, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, provides security during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Air Force Special Operations Command’s 6th SOS is the only unit in AFSOC whose primary mission is to execute combat aviation advisory operations worldwide, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command’s tailor-made theater security cooperation plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Master Sgt. John Hickman, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, provides security during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Air Force Special Operations Command’s 6th SOS is the only unit in AFSOC whose primary mission is to execute combat aviation advisory operations worldwide, in support of U.S. Special Operations Command’s tailor-made theater security cooperation plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Combat aviation advisor students with the 6th Special Operations Squadron tend to a wounded casualty during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Combat aviation advisor students with the 6th Special Operations Squadron tend to a wounded casualty during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Capt. Nathan Maxton, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, returns simulated fire to hostile forces during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Raven Claw is the capstone event for the Air Force Special Operations Training Center’s combat aviation advisor mission qualification course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Capt. Nathan Maxton, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, returns simulated fire to hostile forces during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Raven Claw is the capstone event for the Air Force Special Operations Training Center’s combat aviation advisor mission qualification course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Griffith, right, a combat aviation advisor with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, drinks water from Capt. Cole Geldernick, a CAA with the 6th SOS, during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Throughout Raven Claw, students faced different scenarios such as providing casualty treatment for local civilians, handling potential human rights violations and reacting to improvised explosions during the middle of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Lt. Col. Benjamin Griffith, right, a combat aviation advisor with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, drinks water from Capt. Cole Geldernick, a CAA with the 6th SOS, during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Throughout Raven Claw, students faced different scenarios such as providing casualty treatment for local civilians, handling potential human rights violations and reacting to improvised explosions during the middle of the night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Combat aviation advisor students with the 6th Special Operations Squadron carry a litter through the woods during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Combat aviation advisor students with the 6th Special Operations Squadron carry a litter through the woods during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

First Lt. Korde Inniss, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, carries a litter through the woods during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

First Lt. Korde Inniss, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, carries a litter through the woods during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Maj. Justin Mahoney, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, provides rear security for his team during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

Maj. Justin Mahoney, a combat aviation advisor student with the 6th Special Operations Squadron, provides rear security for his team during Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27, 2017. Students came under simulated fire from hostile forces during a checkpoint and had to navigate through the woods to a safe location while carrying a casualty weighing approximately 210 pounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- Combat aviation advisor students with the 6th Special Operations Squadron participate in Operation Raven Claw at Duke Field, Fla., April 27. Operation Raven Claw is the capstone event for the Air Force Special Operations Training Center’s Combat Aviation Advisor Mission Qualification Course. Combat aviation advisors are specifically trained and tasked to access, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces in airpower employment, sustainment and foreign integration.