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Royal Thai Air Force Special Operations Regiment combat controllers and pararescuemen jump from an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Feb. 14, 2017 at Chandy Range, Thailand. Executing jump operations throughout Cobra Gold 2017, the members of the 320th Special Tactics Squadron and Royal Thai Air Force Special Operations Regiment demonstrate the strength of a partnership that has evolved over the last 17 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) ST conducts freefall training with Royal Thai AF
The 320th Special Tactics Squadron conducted joint military free fall training with the Royal Thai Air Force Special Operations Regiment during Exercise Cobra Gold 2017, Feb. 14, 2017, at Korat Air Base, Thailand. Special Tactics Airmen freefall into hostile or austere environments as an alternate insertion, when aircraft cannot land in enemy
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Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, Master Sgt. (Ret.) Keary Miller's, Special Tactics pararescueman, extraordinary heroism is recognized with an Air Force Cross, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. Then-Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller --against overwhelming odds and a barrage of heavy fire from Al Qaeda militants-- dashed through deep snow into the line of fire multiple times to assess and care for critically-wounded U.S. servicemembers, March 4, 2002. Miller was previously awarded the Silver Star medal for these actions, Nov. 1, 2003. The Air Force Cross is the service’s highest combat medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) 
Pararescueman awarded Air Force Cross for valor at Roberts Ridge
Fifteen years after a 17-hour battle on an Afghan mountaintop, a pararescueman’s extraordinary heroism is recognized with an Air Force Cross, following a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11.Then-Tech. Sgt. Keary Miller --against overwhelming odds and a barrage of heavy fire from Al Qaeda militants-- dashed through deep snow into the
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The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had previously received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in Afghanistan, April 6, 2013.(Courtesy photo) Heroism Recognized: Special Tactics Airman receives medal upgrade
A combat controller will receive the Air Force’s highest combat medal for extraordinary heroism, after a service-wide review of medals awarded since 9/11. The Air Force Cross will be presented to Staff Sgt. Christopher Baradat, now separated, who had received the Silver Star medal for his essential role in rescuing 150 coalition members in
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Chief Master Sgt. Davide Keaton, 26th Special Tactics Squadron superintendent, receives a folded flag from the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard during his retirement ceremony at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 12, 2017. Keaton served in the Air Force for 30 years as a law enforcement specialist and pararescueman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) In the company of heroes: Pararescue chief retires after 30 years
Over the course of his thirty-year career, he was decorated nine times for actions that saved dozens --if not hundreds-- on and off the battlefield. He was a major command pararescueman of the year, an Air Force Pitsenbarger Award recipient valor under fire, and AF pararescue senior NCO of the year, and the AF Lance P. Sijan senior NCO of the
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2017
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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U.S. Air Force Special Operations Surgical Teams practiced integration operations with a special operations partner force during a Special Tactics exercise, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 16, 2015. SOST members are military medical professionals selected to provide battlefield trauma and other surgical support in a special operations mission set. SOST members often forward deploy to austere or hostile areas to perform life-saving trauma surgery for special operators with little to no facility support. (U.S. Air Force photo/Released) Special Operations surgical team 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
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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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2016
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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2016
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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