Photo by MSgt Jason Robertson
HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT INFILTRATIONS
Photo by SSgt Rose Gudex
AIRFIELD SEIZURE AND CONTROL
Photo by SSgt Brandon Nelson
DROP ZONE ESTABLISHMENT
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
Photo by SSgt Ridge Shan
Special Tactics Global Access Teams are tasked with assessing and opening anything from a major international airport to clandestine dirt strips in either permissive or hostile locations, providing strategic access for follow-on forces.
Global Access Teams ensure U.S. and allies nations can access man-made and natural contested, degraded, and operationally challenged environments, enabling options for assault, maneuver, and power projection.
AUSTERE AIRFIELD AND ASSAULT ZONE OPERATIONS
PRE-STAGING RUNWAY AND SECURING AIRFIELDS
ENVIRONMENTAL RECON/ TERRAIN ANALYSIS
August 2017, Estonia
An 8-man Special Tactics team with the 321st Special Tactics Squadron in the United Kingdom, along with an A-10 Thunderbolt II from Maryland Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Squadron, surveyed a two-lane highway, deconflicted airspace, and exercised command and control on the ground and air to land A-10's on the highway.
February 2019, New Mexico
Special Tactics forces with the 26th STS at Cannon AFB, NM, MC-130j Commando II from Cannon and F-35A lightning II from Hill AFB, UT, simulated seizing, clearing and operating "austere airfield" to marshal MC-130 into position, guided F-35's to park, and supervised safe fuel operations to get them back in flight.
Special Tactics Airmen in Afghanistan surveyed a closed runway to reopen for follow-on forces, force projection and support mission support site operations.
November 2020, Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras
U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, responded to a request for humanitarian assistance following the devastation of Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Central America. Teams surveyed various airfields and determined viability for humanitarian aid entry areas.