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  • Special Tactics Airmen take part in Emerald Warrior

    Special Tactics Airmen participated in Emerald Warrior 20-1, an exercise that provides realistic pre-deployment training, in extreme cold weather environments to include Alaska, Michigan and Utah, January 21-31.
  • Special Tactics operators simulate first-ever extreme cold weather FARP with next generation fighters

    For the first time, aircrew with the 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, along with a team of Special Tactics Airmen carried out a simulated FARP for F-22 Raptors assigned to Pacific Air Forces’ 3rd Wing in an extreme cold weather environment during Emerald Warrior at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, January 21-31.
  • 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.
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