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  • Quiet Professionals bring the noise to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

    Airmen assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command 1st, 24th, 27th, 492nd, 137th, and 193rd Special Operations Wings treated airshow attendees with a full-fledged combat search and rescue simulation July 29, 2021. The airpower demonstration involved multiple aircraft, live narration simulating combat radio chatter, tactical vehicles, ground operators and pyrotechnics to simulate gunship and enemy rounds in the battle space.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Special Tactics Airman to be awarded the Air Force Cross

     Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett will be presenting the Air Force Cross to a Special Tactics Airman during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. MST at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Dec.10, 2020. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alaxey Germanovich, an ST combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, will be awarded the nation’s second highest medal for gallantry against an armed enemy of the U.S. in combat.
  • Special Tactics ensures contingency response readiness during HA/DR exercise

    Air Force Special Tactics operators participated in a hurricane response exercise at Eglin Range, Florida, Oct. 27, 2020. The local humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise helped ST operators hone personnel recovery and global access skills in a training environment to ensure they’re prepared for real-world natural disasters and catastrophic events.
  • TACP Airmen assess for Special Tactics

    Accomplished Tactical Air Control Party operators attended a week-long strenuous assessment and selection in order to join the Special Tactics community and continue executing precision strike missions under Air Force Special Operations Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Only the most skilled TACP Airmen are able to join ST upon completing an arduous assessment and selection course, during which each candidate’s mental and physical fortitude and technical skills are pushed to the limit to determine if they can operate in the high-stress, fast-pace special operations environment.
  • Female aviator joins Special Tactics leadership team

    Earlier this summer, U.S. Air Force Col. Allison Black made history as she joined the Special Tactics leadership team and became the vice commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing. “With any leadership team, you want to have people that cover each other’s blind spots and are able to bring the best out of the organization,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matt Allen, commander of the 24th SOW. “Not only does Col. Black have a rich history as an aircrew member within AFSOC, but she also has key insights working on staffs within U.S. Special Operations Command and she is a female colonel, which provides really good insight as we look at our diversity and inclusion aspects of the force to make sure that we’re making good organizational decisions on bringing in the first wave of female operators onto the line.”
  • 125th STS dives into new underwater capability

    U.S. Air Force 125th STS Airmen from the Portland Air National Guard Base, along with members of joint forces, participated in closed-circuit dive training at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash., July 31, 2020, to train with new equipment and conduct recurrency dives for Special Tactics operators.
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