Special Operations
  • 1st SOW welcomes new commander

    Hundreds of Air Commandos welcomed a new commander to the 1st Special Operations Wing during a change of command ceremony, June 22. Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presided over the ceremony which introduced Col. Mike Conley as the new wing commander, the title formerly held by Col. Tom Palenske.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.