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  • '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.
  • 26th STS partners with FARP, F-35A for next generation operations

    For the first time, Airmen from the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and Air Commandos from the 26th Special Tactics Squadron and the 27th Special Operation Logistics Readiness Squadron at Cannon AFB, N.M., trained and carried out a FARP operation from an MC-130J Commando II to an F-35A Lightning II.
  • ‘Til Valhalla’: Special Tactics combat controller laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

    Known for his grit, loyalty, unwavering character, and the author of quick-witted military cadences, often referred to as “jodies,” Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin was tough, dedicated, and easy going—often making light of difficult situations. He was a good teammate, a selfless friend and a true patriot who expressed a willingness to lay down his life for what he believed in—God and country. Elchin, a Special Tactics combat controller assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, was honored as hundreds gathered in the rain and he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Jan. 24, 2019.
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin honored in dignifed transfer Nov. 30

    A U.S. Air Force carry team transfers the remains of Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin of Hookstown, Pa., Nov. 30, 2018, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Elchin was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
  • Special Tactics Airman killed in action in Afghanistan

    A Special Tactics Airman was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2018. Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, 25, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, was deployed in support of OPERATION Freedom’s Sentinel.
  • 26th STS performs mountaineer training in Montana

    Special Tactics Airmen with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron perform mountaineer training at Crow Indian Reservation, Montana, June 19, 2018. Special Tactics is U.S. Special Operations Command’s tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force’s special operations ground force, leading global access, precision strike, personnel
  • Air Commandos get real-world experience at White Sands

    The 26th Special Tactics Squadron trained alongside 27th Special Operations Wing units while conducting a full mission profile at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., earlier this month.The training tested the Air Commandos’ abilities to react to adverse conditions and complete a mission as a team in an unknown location.“The purpose of a FMP is to
  • Special Tactics Airmen train to infiltrate via free fall

    Members of the 26th Special Tactics Squadron conducted routine jump training March 25 just over the Cannon flightline, training to infiltrate hostile or remote areas where it is not possible for aircraft to land. While jumpers loaded onto an MC-130J Commando II, a ground crew worked quickly to establish a landing zone. And with safety consistently
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