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Chief Master Sgt. Michael West was awarded the Silver Star Medal Dec. 15, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Finding the way: Special Tactics chief awarded Silver Star
Their mission was to act as a blockade for a NATO ground operation tasked with clearing an insurgent safe haven. But what began as an ancillary tasking, ended with one Airman decimating the majority of enemy forces and saving his team from devastation. Chief Master Sgt. Michael West, a Special Tactics operator with the 24th Special Operations Wing,
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2017
An Afghan Air Force leader meets with Special Tactics Airmen from the Air Force Special Operations Command to discuss plans to increase airpower at airfields in Faryab province, Afghanistan, Nov. 29, 2017. The Special Tactics airmen ensure access to traditional airfields and field landing strips to increase the operational reach of coalition and Afghan aircraft for reconnaissance, troop delivery, and strategic air support operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Doug Ellis) ST surveys airfields to gain operational advantage
Special Tactics Airmen from Air Force Special Operations Command conducted multiple airfield surveys with their Afghan Air Force counterparts in Faryab province this week. Airfield surveys are executed prior to the arrival of special operations and conventional aircraft to traditional airfields and field landing strips.
0 12/04
2017
SECAF awards Air Force Cross, 10 medals to Air Commandos SECAF awards Air Force Cross, 10 medals to Air Commandos
The team was trapped, outnumbered and bombarded by grenades and machine gun fire from elevated positions. Bullets ricocheted around them.Ordnance from circling, friendly aircraft exploded meters from their position, shaking the ground, as smoke from an exploded cache smothered the village.Their mission was originally to kill or capture high value
0 10/17
2017
Brig. Gen. Robert Armfield retirement ceremony “Lead from the front”: Special Tactics general officer retires
27 years of service. 13 assignments. Countless deployments with joint special operations units and even a stint at Harvard University.On Sept. 8, Brig. Gen. Robert Armfield, vice director of plans and programs for U.S. Central Command, retired from the Air Force surrounded by hundreds of teammates, friends and family at Hurlburt Field, Fla. “I
0 9/22
2017
123rd STS conducts personnel rescue in Port Arthur, Texas. Special Tactics saves lives in Hurricane Harvey aftermath
To assist in rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, 38 Special Tactics Airmen were deployed to Southeast Texas to provide critical disaster relief.Special Tactics Airmen with the 123rd and 125th Air National Guard Special Tactics Squadrons are exercising their personnel rescue and global access capabilities to provide critical relief
0 8/31
2017
321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers simulating close air support missions in the town of Rakevere, Estonia, during a flying training deployment in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. Special Tactics simulates chaos, combat in Estonian village
Combat controllers sprint through the small, rustic village donned in plate carriers and radios, ducking behind buildings for cover, calling in coordinates and relaying information to the ground force commander. The citizens were transformed into enemy combatants, the village homes into targets for circling A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and the cobblestone
0 8/22
2017
A small force of eight Special Tactics combat controllers from the 321st STS surveyed the two-lane highway, deconflicted airspace and exercised command and control on the ground and in the air to land A-10s on the highway. Anytime, Anywhere: Special Tactics enables global access in Estonia
A quiet, rural highway in northern Estonia transformed into a bustling military airfield as combat controllers guided A-10C Thunderbolt IIs onto the 50-foot-wide freeway during a flying training deployment, Aug. 10.A small force of eight 321st Special Tactics Squadron combat controllers surveyed the two-lane highway, deconflicted airspace, and
0 8/16
2017
Family and friends of Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, unveil a highway sign during a ceremony dedicating a six-mile stretch of Highway 121 in honor of his namesake, in Greenville, Ohio, Aug. 14, 2017. McDaniel was part of a joint, special operations team who were infiltrating an island in Southern Philippines when the MH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in crashed into the Sulu Sea Feb. 22, 2002. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wesley Farnsworth) Ohio highway dedicated to SOF hero
Two F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing provided a final salute to their brother in arms during a ceremony dedicating an Ohio highway to a special operations hero, Aug. 14.Six miles of County Highway 121 was dedicated in Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II’s namesake, a Special Tactics pararescueman who was
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2017
Junior ROTC cadets sound off in formation during Summer Leadership School at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 27, 2017. Special Tactics Airmen partnered with more than 50 cadets from five local high schools for a week-long Summer Leadership Course to learn about leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Local JROTC cadets experience Special Tactics
Special Tactics Airmen partnered with more than 50 cadets from five local high schools for a week-long Summer Leadership Course to learn leadership, teamwork, and self-confidence. Special Tactics is a special operations force that solves air and ground problems across the spectrum of conflict and crisis, including personnel recovery, global access
0 7/05
2017
U.S. Marines and Airmen line up for a fin inspection during the Marine Special Operations School’s Individual Training Course, March 20, 2017 at Key West, Fla. For the first time, U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen spent three months in Marine Special Operations Command’s Marine Raider training pipeline, representing efforts to build joint mindsets across special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Conroy) Air Force Special Tactics integrate into Marine Raider training
For the first time in history, members from another service spent three months in Marine Special Operations Command’s Individual Training Course, with one goal in mind: learn how to lead a joint ground force.
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2017
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