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A Special Operations Weather Team from the 10th Combat Weather Squadron, dons parachutes before boarding a 9th Special Operations Squadron MC-130P for Operation Nimble Response, Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 11, 2011. Operation Nimble Response is an exercise to hone humanitarian and disaster relief efforts. Close to 50 personnel from Head Quarters Air Force Special Operations Command, 1st Special Operations Wing, and 280th Combat Communications Squadron, in coordination with USAID, worked together to improve disaster response. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter/Released) 24 SOW strengthens force through resiliency programs
Special Tactics Airmen have held the forefront of combat operations for more than a decade, undertaking the most dangerous missions. These mission-ready operators are the first ones there. They cannot be mass produced and are in great demand.The U.S. Special Operations Command's Preservation of the Force and Families initiative supports the special
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Capt. Danielle Schnitker, 23rd Special Tactics Squadron physical therapist, stretches the back muscles of a combat controller assigned to the 23rd STS. Schnitker mainly works on combat related injuries providing daily physical therapy to help with recovery, lower injury rates and ensure Airmen are deployment ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Steven Pearsall) Special Tactics Airmen redeploy home, face one-on-one rehabilitation
Recently, a squadron of special tactics Airmen returned to the U.S. after serving a deployment rotation in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.During their rotation in Afghanistan, more than 60 percent of the squadron received a combat related injury, yet 100 percent of the time, they kept pressure on the enemy.The squadron of 80 to 90 Airmen has
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