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  • Special Tactics Airman earns Airman's Medal for heroism

    A Special Tactics Airman in the Kentucky Air National Guard was awarded the Airman's Medal for risking his life to save others while responding to a car crash near Louisville.
  • Special Tactics community welcomes new wing commander

    Families, friends and members of the Hurlburt Field and Special Tactics community gathered to welcome the new commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing during a change of command ceremony June 4, 2021 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, recognized outgoing commander, Col. Matt Allen and introduced Col. Jason Daniels as the newest and sixth wing commander of the sole Special Tactics wing in the Air Force.
  • Special Tactics combat controller remembered with building dedication

    As memorial day weekend approaches, members of the military community take time to reflect on the sacrifice of their fellow service members killed in action. The Special Tactics community specifically kicked off the weekend of remembrance with a special tribute for one of those brave warriors. The 24th Special Operations Wing hosted a building dedication ceremony May 27, 2021 at Hurlburt Field, Florida honoring the legacy of Senior Airman Mark Forester, a Special Tactics Airman killed in action while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in September of 2010.
  • A year to remember: Battle-tested STO recognized as AFSOC OAY

    For most, 2020 was marked by the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic including working from home, zoom meetings and travel restrictions. However, the pandemic did not slow down the accomplishments of one Special Tactics Officer who had one of the busiest and rewarding years of his career thus far. U.S. Air Force Capt. Nate Peeler, a STO assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida was recognized as one of Air Force Special Operations Command’s 2020 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in the Company Grade Officer category during a ceremony May 13, 2021. 
  • ‘Service. Strength. Sacrifice’: Special Tactics training complex dedicated to fallen STO

    In a split second while on a mission in 2015, U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Roland made the last leadership decision he would he would ever make. Without hesitation, he chose to protect his team and give them the best shot at overcoming an insider attack in Afghanistan, sacrificing his life in the process. To honor the fallen Special Tactics Officer’s actions and courageous leadership, the 24th Special Operations Wing along with friends and family hosted a dedication ceremony in Roland’s honor May 6, 2021 at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
  • 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.