Tag Archives: Air Commando

Air Commandos Infiltrate Via Freefall


CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, NM – 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 …

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Air Commandos Rise From Secret WWII Mission

Air Commandos rise from secret WWII Mission

TAMPA, FL (1SG Timothy Lawn) – Against seemingly all-odds and employing unconventional standards, a select group of aviators flying a group of composite aircraft, including the first use of the helicopter in combat, successfully launched and supported one of the first aerial invasions, making aviation history. That mission’s legacy still lives in today’s Air Commandos. General Henry (Hap) Arnold, U.S. …

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Air Commando Recognized in Washington D.C.

17th Special Operations Squadron begins upgrade to MC-130J

HURLBURT FIELD, FL (1LT Benjamin Sowers) – Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Dunbar is the latest Air Commando to receive nationwide recognition when he was acknowledged for his achievements at the 10th Annual Stars and Stripes recognition dinner in Washington D.C., Feb. 8. The Stars and Stripes recognition dinner is held annually in the nation’s capitol to recognize outstanding African-American leaders, …

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Air Commandos Recognized for Bravery


HURLBURT FIELD, FL (1LT Katrina Cheesman) – Four Air Force Special Operations Airmen, including three Special Tactics Airmen and a CV-22 Osprey special missions aviator, were recognized today in a Portraits in Courage ceremony in Washington, D.C. The four Airmen were among 24 Airmen honored by the 17th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody in the ninth …

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America’s Air Commandos: Postured for Success in 2015


Hurlburt Field, FL (Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold) – Air Commandos:  As we say goodbye to 2014 and look ahead to 2015, the Command Chief and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your incredible dedication, hard work and selfless sacrifice over the past year.  We are extremely impressed and proud of your successes on and off …

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SOCOM Commander Visits Air Commandos

SOCOM commander visits Air Commandos

RAF MILDENHALL, England (Tech. Sgt. Stacia Zachary) – U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks to Air Commandos from the 352nd Special Operations Group during a town hall meeting Oct. 23, 2014, in Hangar 239 on RAF Mildenhall. Currently, Votel directs all U.S. Special Operations Forces and is in charge of organizing, training, equipping …

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We are America’s Air Commandos


HURLBURT FIELD, FL (Lt. Col. Kristi Beckman)- “Air Commandos, we are one component of a very powerful joint special operations team,” said Lt. Gen. Brad Heithold, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command. “We want to ensure that our teammates can always depend on us.” This message resonated clearly during a recent offsite where the command team got together to …

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Pacific Air Commandos Return to New Zealand


WHENUAPAI Air Base, New Zealand (Tech. Sgt. Dreyer) – Members from the 353rd Special Operations Group and the New Zealand Defense Force participated in Exercise Balance Net from July 17 until July 31 in Whenuapai, New Zealand. “This exercise marks the first time in almost three decades that the 353rd SOG has come to New Zealand to train side by …

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New Air Force Commercial to Highlight Air Commandos


HURLBURT FIELD, FL (1st Lt. Ben Sowers) – Have you ever wanted to be on TV? Perhaps you aspire to go on camera someday. Maybe you want nothing to do with that kind of attention. Either way, most of us will never be on TV, but three Hurlburt Airmen will be, and on the national scale. As the 1 SOW Public …

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Around the World in 27 Days

Around the world in 27 days

CANNON AFB, NM (27th SOW) – The first continuous mission around the world for the MC-130J Commando II, Air Force Special Operations Command’s newest platform, ended successfully July 9 with the aircraft’s safe return to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. The MC-130J’s historic mission, which spanned five continents and approximately 28,000 statute miles, was to escort single-engine AFSOC aircraft …

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