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  • TACPs recognize Military Child of the Year

    Nyah Gray was recently named Operation Homefront's 2021 Military Child of the Year® for the Air Force. Gray was honored by the 353rd Training Squadron, Special Warfare Training Wing, during an Air Force Tactical Air Control Party, or TACP, final formation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex April 2. Selectees for the honor were chosen based on the positive impacts they had on their military family, school, and community.
  • Special Tactics Officer wins Lance P. Sijan U.S. Air Force Leadership Award

    The 330th Recruiting Squadron gained a new commander this year and he just happens to be the winner of the 2020 Lance P. Sijan U.S. Air Force Leadership Award in the senior officer category.    Lt. Col. Steven Cooper earned the award while assigned as the commander of the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida. Cooper was deployed last year and much of his award package is based on his time downrange. “I was very humbled. I knew a lot of my mentors, people I considered heroes, who have earned that award in the past,” Cooper said. “I certainly don’t consider myself in their company, but I was very appreciative. I also thought about all of my instructors, mentors, senior officers and NCOs who have helped me along the way. Overall, I’m very thankful and grateful.”
  • Operation Tomodachi: 10-year anniversary of unshakable friendship

    Ten years ago on March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a massive 33-foot tsunami, decimated the coast of Honshu, Japan. In the aftermath, the Government of Japan reached out to the United States for assistance and Team Kadena was ready to respond. Shortly after the earthquake and tsunami struck, a devastating radiation-filled explosion occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The chain of events resulted in the deaths of over 15,000 people and left thousands more injured and unaccounted for, setting off Operation Tomodachi – meaning “friend” – a joint humanitarian effort between Japan and the U.S. to provide relief to impacted Japanese civilians and U.S. military bases.
  • Humans over hardware: Special Tactics Chaplains conduct joint training event

    The 24th Special Operations Wing chaplain corps hosted a week-long training event at Hurlburt Field, Florida Jan. 25-29, 2021. The week’s activities consisted of time with senior leaders, professional development, working groups and an immersion with the Chaplain Corps of the Army’s 7th Special Force’s Group (Airborne).
  • AFSOC Hosts Emerald Warrior 21

    Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting this year’s Emerald Warrior exercise at multiple locations from February 16 to March 5. This joint exercise provides realistic and relevant training to prepare special operations forces, conventional forces, and international partners for crises and contingencies.
  • 24th SOW launches Special Operations Center For Medical Integration And Development

    The 24th Special Operations Wing launched the Special Operations Center for Medical Integration and Development, a program designed in cooperation between the U.S. Air Force and the University of Alabama-Birmingham to develop and provide advanced standardized training to special operations medics. The training used realistic and innovative techniques including virtual reality, field training exercises and clinical hospital rotations to maintain readiness of Special Operations Surgical Team members, pararescuemen and independent duty medical technicians.
  • Air Force Special Tactics, 7th SFG(A) team up to enhance Colombian SOF precision strike capability

    The 24th Special Operations Wing helped host and participate in a subject matter expert exchange for members of the Colombian Joint Special Operations Command Nov. 8-13, 2020, to enhance the partner’s air-ground integration and joint terminal attack controller program. The week-long foreign partner visit was hosted by the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), which included presentations from joint terminal attack controller instructors at the 24th SOW, as well as members from the 137th Special Operations Wing and 492nd Special Operations Wing.
  • Special Tactics augments hurricane relief effort in 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. Within hours of formal notification, the team deployed in support of Joint Task Force – Bravo and U.S. Southern Command, and based their operations out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.
  • 'A Tribute to Persistence': SecAF presents Air Force Cross to Special Tactics Airman

    Snapped awake by the sound of belt-fed machine gun fire, then-Senior Airman Alaxey Germanovich, a combat controller assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, surveys the compound he had dozed off in after several sleepless days of combat.
  • AFSOC leadership remember fallen Airmen with Honor Trees

    Leadership with Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing and 24th SOW, carried on a holiday tradition by placing red, white and blue stars to honor 365 fallen Airmen, Dec. 4, 2020.