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Tech. Sgt. (ret.) Jeffrey Bray, a combat controller, who was awarded the Silver Star medal for his actions during the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., on Dec. 30, 2016. Bray passed away at 49 years old on Oct. 24, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor, professionalism and combat success. (Courtesy Photo)  Battle of Mogadishu hero passes, leaves behind legacy
A former Special Tactics combat controller responsible for saving dozens at the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, was laid to rest recently, leaving behind a far-reaching legacy of valor, professionalism and combat success. Nearly 100 friends, family and teammates gathered to honor the Silver Star medal recipient Tech. Sgt. (ret.) Jeffrey Bray at
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Default Air Force Logo SOST saves hundreds during deployment
If they stood on the roof of the abandoned one-story home they were working out of, at night they could see bombs dropping on the city three kilometers north. Limited resources, limited manpower, limited backup, and limited time didn’t stop this Air Force Special Operations Surgical Team from treating more than 750 patients in eight weeks during a recent deployment to the Middle East.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Special Operations Forces from the 24th Special Operations Wing and 7th Special Forces Group arrive on Eglin Range, Fla., Nov. 17, 2016. The secretary embedded with SOF to see firsthand the strategic value they bring to the nation. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melanie Holochwost) SecDef visits Hurlburt
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter embedded with Special Operations Forces (SOF) here Nov. 17.During his visit, he met with Air Commandos, participated in a Close Air Support (CAS) demonstration, and observed a personnel recovery exercise.“[Most] of the population doesn’t always understand what we are doing, but they support it, and they appreciate
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Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem controls aircraft during a drug/weapons cache clearing mission in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Silver Star Medal was presented to Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, for using air power to ensure the safety of his 100-plus man SOF element during a 14-hour firefight with no regard for his own personal safety, while deployed with U.S. Army Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan. (Courtesy photo/released) Combat controller continues Special Tactics legacy of valor
Their mission was to return power to the people of Kabul. But what started as a peaceful venture ended in a 14-hour firefight, with one Airman using airpower to turn the tide of the battle. Staff Sgt. Keaton Thiem, a combat controller with the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, ventured out into enemy fire multiple times, controlled 22 aircraft
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Linda Ammons, Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer’s mother, and Mike Ammons, Officer’s stepfather, admire the first-ever award dedicated in their son’s namesake at a Special Tactics Tactical Air Control Party completion ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 3, 2016. The award was presented by Linda to the team member who best exemplifies the attributes of being a team player by continually putting others before himself, keeping the team together and striving for mission success. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Preserving the legacy: Award recognizes selfless Airman
In order to preserve the legacy of a fallen teammate, the Special Tactics community dedicated the first-ever Tech. Sgt. Timothy Officer Jr award at a TACP course graduation ceremony Nov. 3, here. Officer, a tactical air control party Airman from the 720th Operations Support Squadron, perished due to injuries sustained in an accidental head-to-head
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Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, briefs Stacey Martin, an Air Force Chief of Staff civic leader from Clovis, N.M., on the history of the Air Force Cross and Silver Star Medal recipients at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Nov. 2, 2016. Civic leaders are unpaid advisors, key communicators and advocates for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Pick) AFSOC hosts CSAF civic leaders
Sixteen distinguished civic leaders visited Hurlburt Field Nov. 1-3 to experience the mission, capabilities and meet with Airmen of Air Force Special Operations Command.These citizens are representatives of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leader Program, and they serve as unpaid advisors to the CSAF for a four-year term as well as ambassadors to
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A Special Tactics Airman assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron communicate with aircraft during a Full Mission Profile exercise at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Oct. 12, 2016.  The FMP was utilized to integrate special operations forces and foster tactical maturity through deliberate planning and execution of a force projection package and enable Special Tactics Airmen pre-deployment evaluation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez) 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
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Air Force Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein and Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, unveil the Special Tactics Memorial during a dedication ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 20, 2016. The seven-foot bronze statue of a Special Tactics Airman in operational gear is a memorial to past, present and future Special Tactics operators.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jeffrey Parkinson) Nation’s First Special Tactics Memorial Unveiled
A seven-foot tall bronze statue of a Special Tactics Airman in operational gear stands atop a black granite base--a memorial to past, present and future Special Tactics operators. The nation’s first Special Tactics Memorial was unveiled at a dedication ceremony with more than 800 people present, presided over by Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen.
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Maj. Erin Karl teaches a class on English and grammar at the 21st Special Tactics Squadron at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The commander of the Air Force combat controller unit sought help for his office staff, who were spending too much time correcting simple grammar, punctuation and usage errors in reports and forms submitted by squadron members.  Reservist teaches Special Tactics Airmen the 'write' stuff
The concept of Total Force was evident in an unusual, but effective way recently when an Airman’s civilian expertise and reserve status combined to help an active-duty unit’s needs. The commander of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, an Air Force combat controller unit stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., recently sought help for his office staff, who
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Master Sgt. Bart Decker and other Airmen used unconventional methods of transportation during Afghanistan operations.  Riding horses along with Northern Alliance forces provided an interface between ground forces and air power. (Courtesy photo) First Airmen in Afghanistan: America’s Response to Terror Attacks
Fifteen years ago today, the first Airman stepped foot into Afghanistan with the mission to topple the Taliban. A few Americans came together as one special operations forces team using unconventional tactics and equipment on the battlefield.
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