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  • Fallen Special Tactics Airman remembered with hometown memorial

    Hundreds of Special Tactics operators, family and friends gathered to commemorate a fallen teammate, husband, father, brother, son and man of faith during a memorial service, Dec. 21, 2019, in Richardson, Texas. The service honored the life of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft Nov. 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Active recovery efforts suspended for Special Tactics Airman

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, active recovery efforts for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, a Special Tactics combat controller who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft November 5, 2019 over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, have been suspended.
  • Special Tactics Airman battled through injuries, awarded Silver Star

    Today, family, friends and teammates gathered as U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Jim Slife, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, presented the Silver Star Medal to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cody Smith, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, during a ceremony here, November 22.
  • Special Tactics Chief awarded Silver Star for countering overwhelming Afghan ambush

    What began as a typical reconnaissance patrol during a brisk November in Afghanistan quickly took a devastating turn for the worst. U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Chris Grove, a Special Tactics combat controller assigned as the 720th Special Tactics Group superintendent, delivered thousands of pounds of munition, securing the safety of his joint and partner forces, and now he’s receiving the Silver Star Medal.
  • Special Tactics Officer passes after battle with cancer

    U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Jon "AJ" Ciechomski, 27, a Special Tactics officer with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, died after a battle with cancer at home with his family in St. Clairesville, Ohio, Wednesday.
  • Special Tactics Airman identified, recovery efforts ongoing

    The Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft, November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, has been identified. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command.
  • UPDATE: Recovery efforts begin for Special Tactics Airman

    As of 6 p.m. Friday, the U.S. Air Force has taken the lead role as the search transitions to a recovery effort for the Special Tactics Airman who had an unplanned parachute departure from a C-130 aircraft November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field. The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended their search efforts at this time.
  • UPDATE: Search ongoing for Special Tactics Airman after training jump

    A Special Tactics Airman departed a C-130 aircraft making an unintentional water landing at approximately 11 a.m., November 5, 2019, over the Gulf of Mexico, south of Hurlburt Field, during a planned static-line jump as part of a training event. Emergency response was immediately initiated and multiple units were dispatched to search for the Airman. Rescue teams are currently searching a 700 square mile area off the coast between Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. The search area continues to expand and adjust as efforts continue.
  • Search ongoing for Special Tactics Airman after training jump

    As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, a search remains underway for an Airman who exited a C-130 aircraft November 5, 2019 over the Gulf of Mexico approximately 4 miles south of Hurlburt Field. The incident is ongoing and under investigation. Search and rescue crews were immediately called to aid in locating the Airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Special Tactics conducts first-ever Special Reconnaissance training course

    The Special Tactics Training Squadron conducted the first-ever Special Reconnaissance training course to identify specific core tasks required for each skill level of the new SR career field. Special Tactics is U.S. Special Operation Command’s tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force’s special operations ground force, enabling global access, precision strike, personnel recovery operations and battlefield surgery.
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