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AFSOC commander, command chief visit 352nd SOW Airmen
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. James Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Florida speaks during a breakfast for 352nd Special Operations Wing Airmen Nov. 5, 2019, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Olson and Lt. Gen. James Slife, AFSOC commander, discussed the future of the Air Force special operations community with the Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brandon Esau)
U.S., Hungarian SOF train together in another NATO bi-lateral engagement
Hungarian Defense Force and U.S. Air Force members return to a U.S. Air Force CV-22B, stationed at the 352nd Special Operations Wing, as part of a demonstration during Special Operations Command Europe-led Trojan Footprint in June, 2019, out of Szolnok, Hungary. Collective training events enhance abilities of NATO forces to work together effectively, and respond to threats from any direction.
Naturalized Airman – From Struggles to Stripes
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Olga Buzhak, 352nd Special Operations Wing financial analyst, poses for a picture at RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct.27,2019. Buzhak traveled from her birth place of Minsk, Belarus to New York City at 19 with a few hundred dollars – to create a new life and joining the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandria Lee)
Dark Dune 2019
Two French Eurocopter EC725 participate in a helicopter air- to- air refueling (HAAR) exercise with a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II, assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing, based out of RAF Mildenhall, Oct. 17, 2019, outside of Cazaux Air Base, France.
48 FW, 352 SOW sharpen skills through SERE training exercise
Two Airmen assigned to the 352nd SpecialOperations Wing prepare to board an aircraft during an Escape and Evade, and Rescue and Recover training exercise at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Oct. 2, 2019.
100 ARW supports 352nd SOW mission partner
An MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England peels off after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, Oct. 10, 2019.
352nd Special Operations Wing performs mass casualty training
A U.S. Air Force member assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing, prepares for take-off while onboard the 352nd SOW’s CV-22B Osprey during a training exercise at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, Oct. 3, 2019.
U.S., Estonian Special Operation Forces enhance readiness through airborne operations
Estonian and U.S. Special Operation Forces operators fast rope out of a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing, during Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training near Amari, Estonia, Sept, 3, 2019.
New Third Air Force Command Chief visits RAF Mildenhall
Chief Master Sgt. Randy Kwiatkowski, Third Air Force command chief, receives a briefing on the capabilities of the CV-22 Osprey from Airmen of the 352nd Special Operations Wing during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 13, 2019. He also toured the 100th Maintenance Group mission ready AGE technician score concept, met with flight-line technicians and met with the 351st Air Refueling Squadron to learn about squadron capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)
RAF Lakenheath enhances combat capabilities through FARP
Airmen assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing and 352nd Special Operations Wing load munitions and tools onto an MC-130J Commando II in support of a Forward Arming and Refueling exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Sept. 12, 2019. The MC-130J platform provides precise, reliable, flexible and responsive specialized air mobility (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Shanice Williams-Jones)
U.S. SOCOM commander visits 352nd SOW Air Commandos
U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, United States Special Operations Command commander, speaks with flying crew chiefs assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Sept. 12, 2019. This was Clarke's first visit to European Theatre since becoming SOCOM commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)
Trojan Footprint 19
Hungarian Special Forces conduct an exfiltration onto U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing, during the Professional Day for Hungarian national SOF exercise Black Swan, June 14, 2019, near Szolnok, Hungary. Black Swan was linked to Trojan Footprintt, an annual U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise that incorporates allied and partner European special operations forces focusing on the readiness and interoperability of NATO allies and partners. This year's exercise brought together 1400 SOF from ten nations for training over land, sea and air across Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and the Black Sea. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth)
Operation Rapid Forge 2019
U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Operators offload tactical vehicles from an MC-130J Commando II to conduct a forward arming and refueling point mission with USAFE aircraft during Operation Rapid Forge at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, July 16, 2019. Special Tactics is a U.S. Special Operation Command's tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force's special operations ground force, leading Global Access, Precision Strike, Personnel Recovery and Battlefield Surgery operations on the battlefield. The MC-130J Commando II, and aircrew, are able to execute refueling missions in austere, sensitive or hostile territories. Operation Rapid Forge involves NATO territories in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability between U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rose Gudex)
U.S., Morrocan forces increase security capabilities together
Members of the Special Operations Forces of Morocco kneel ready for exfiltration training with a CV-22B, stationed with the 352nd Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England, during Epic Guardian 19 near Agadir, Morocco on 30 April, 2019. The 352nd SOW supported bilateral training with African partners to strengthen relationships and combined capability. (U.S. Air Force Photo by 1st Lt. Kevyn Stinett)
AFSOC in two words: Humble Competence
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith, then command chief of AFSOC, are pictured together at a deployed location. Webb and Smith have commanded together at several assignments for more than six years. (Courtesy photo)
COMUSAFE visits 352 SOW Air Commandos at RAF Mildenhall
U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa commander, receives a Forward Arming Refueling Point briefing from Senior Airman Tristian Wycuff, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing, during a visit to RAF Mildenhall, England, July 15, 2019. During his visit, Harrigian discussed the importance and uniqueness of the only permanent air refueling mission in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Brandon Esau)
Air Commandos with the 352nd Special Operations Wing Conduct MC130J Rodeo Competition
A U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 67th Special Operations Squadron, based out of RAF Mildenhall, England, drops a payload during the MC130J Rodeo competition July 10, 2019, at RAF Sculthorpe. MC-130J crews competed against each other to earn points in tasks such as payload drops, precision landings and vehicle infiltration/exfiltration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

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U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Operators assess, secure, open and secure airspace for a forward arming and refueling point mission from an MC-130J Commando II to two F-35A Lightening IIs and two F-15E Strike Eagles during Operation Rapid Forge at Ämari Air Base, Estonia, July 25, 2019. Special Tactics is a U.S. Special Operation Command's tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force's special operations ground force, leading Global Access, Precision Strike, Personnel Recovery and Battlefield Surgery operations on the battlefield. The MC-130J Commando II, and aircrew, are able to execute refueling missions in austere, sensitive or hostile territories. The Air Force’s newest operational 5th -generation fighter, the F-35A Lightening II, provides unmatched lethality, survivability and adaptability to the warfighter. Operation Rapid Forge involves NATO territories in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability between U.S. allies and partners in Europe. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff Sgt. Rose Gudex)
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In 1971 the United States Congress designated August 26 as, “Women’s Equality Day.” To commemorate this day RAF Mildenhall hosted Col. Carol Miller, 100th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Michelle Estes, 352nd Special Operations Maintenance Group Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kathi Glascock, 100th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief, participated in a panel discussion, answering questions about lessons learned throughout their careers.
Thank you to everyone that came out yesterday for our annual Highland Games. A huge round of applause for the those behind the scenes who put everything together. 👏 #PSA If you attended the event and would like to access to the photos, please shoot an email to 352sow.pa@gmail with your name (or sponsor’s name), squadron and duty position or check the 352 SOW POTFF page for link. See y’all next year! #HighlandGames #352SOW
Highland Games 2019 has officially kicked off! It’s not too late to come out, grab some grub and rep your squadron. Family and fur friends are welcome! PSA: Back gate (Beck Row) is closed until 1500.
Good morning Air Commandos! Who’s ready for a day filled with fun and excitement? Grab your family members and meet us at the Hardstand Fitness center! 🙌🥳 #HighlandGames #Resiliency #Family
RAF Mildenhall hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Day yesterday which featured information booths, demonstration booths and food tasting. The RAF Mildenhall Diversity & Inclusion Council promotes mutual respect, understanding, harmony, team work, pride and espirit de corps among all groups on base. #USAFE #USAF #RAFMildenhall
It’s official! #352SOW is IG ready. 😎👏 Follow us at @352sow to see featured videos and photos highlighting our #Aircommandos across Europe! #CV22B #MC130J
A huge round of applause for Lt. Col. Marty Weeks, as he wraps up his time as the 67th Special Operations Squadron commander. Thank you for your years of knowledge and commitment to our Air Commandos. 👏 👏👏 Please join us as we welcome Lt. Col. William Kelly, incoming commander of the 67th SOS. We look forward to your expert leadership and knowledge going forward. 👏👏👏 #AirCommandos #Ready #Professional
Key leaders from the 352nd Special Operations Wing hosted and honored our heritage with members of the Chindit Society Aug. 12, 2019 at RAF Mildenhall, UK. The Chindit Society was established in 2015 to carry forward the proud name of the Chindits – the jungle fighters, led by Major-General Orde Wingate, who fought two of the toughest campaigns of #WWII in Northern Burma. #HonoringThePastSecuringTheFuture #AirCommandos
Great work from our Air Commandos during #OperationRapidForge a couple weeks ago as Air Force Special Operations Command's #SpecialTactics troops worked with 4th and 5th gen aircraft during the Dynamic Force Employment operation, showcasing the #flexible & #dynamic way of responding quickly and unpredictably to any threat or crises, increasing our #lethality & #readiness. #AFSOC #NATO #AirCommandos #WeAreNATO
🇺🇸 | U.S. Embassy Tirana’s Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Leyla Moses-Ones and Albanian Minister of Defense Olta Xhacka toured Air Force Special Operations Command’s MC-130J aircraft, which are part of the United States Air Force’s 352nd Special Operations Wing training mission at Rinas Airfield in Tirana. This mission is another example of the strong alliance between Albania and the U.S. as #NATO allies. #WeAreNATO
SOW Families: POTFF will be hosting various movie events at the Mildenhall Base Theatre this week. Each attendee will receive a free drink and popcorn. Bring the kiddos for some quality time on us! Check out the flyer below for more information.
170,000 attendees. 245 aircraft representing 25 nations. 48 international air chiefs. #RIAT19 was a big deal for the more than 220 U.S. servicemen and women who particpated. In honor of the 70th anniversary of #NATO, our partners at the 501st Combat Support Wing asked some of them about it - and about how it felt to be part of the strongest alliance in history. #WeAreNATO #70YearsStrong #AirTattoo
Thank you for your time and commitment to the men and women of the 352d Special Operations Maintenance Group, Col Mark O'Reilly. We wish you and your family safe travels as you move on to your next assignment. Please give a warm welcome to Col Michelle Estes who assumed command of the 352d SOMXG today. We look forward to your expert leadership and extensive knowledge of aircraft maintenance going forward. #AirCommandos #352SOW #Readiness
The 67th Special Operations Squadron recently conducted an MC130J Rodeo. Read more about how our #AirCommandos enhance teamwork skills between the unit members and increase #Readiness. Any time, Any place! #352SOW #MC130J #AFSOC
“The world is ever-evolving right now, and as a premier fighting force, we must all be prepared to meet any new challenges that come our way,” said U.S. Air Force Gen. Jeff Harrigian, United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa commander. “The training our men and women receive sends a message to our adversaries that we mean business. Our ability to win the fight is heightened by strengthening our partnerships through various exercises and a shared common goal.” #AFSOC #USAFE #AirCommandos #352SOW #Readiness
352nd SOW leaders were honored to represent all Air Commandos at the Chindit Society’s 75th Anniversary event in Berskshire, UK, last weekend. We honor those footsteps we follow by remaining postured and ready to face a dynamic regional security environment. We thank those who demonstrated selfless service and sacrifice, and are proud to commemorate your actions today. #HonoringThePastSecuringTheFuture #EUCOMWWII75 #KnowYourMil @DeptofDefense
Read Lt. Gen. Brad Webb’s final piece, "AFSOC in two words: Humble Competence." Thank you so much for everything you have done for our command throughout the years. Air Education and Training Command will be lucky to have you, sir! You will be greatly missed. https://www.afsoc.af.mil/News/Features/Display/Article/1883118/afsoc-in-two-words-humble-competence/ #AFSOC #AirCommandos #Humble #Competence
Thank you for your years of service and leadership to our Air Commandos, Col Smith. It’s been a pleasure, and you will be greatly missed. Please help us welcome from the Air Force Special Operations Command family to our own, Col Freeman, the incoming commander for the 352nd Special Operations Wing. #AirCommandos #AFSOC #RAFMildenhall
As promised, here is more from our #DDay75 aerial tribute to the brave heroes of #WWII. Thank you to our partners at RAF Lakenheath for putting this together! Air Force Special Operations Command U.S. European Command (EUCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) U.S. Army Europe
Here’s a sweet video of our #MC130 and #CV22B seamless formation over #Carentan, in honor of #DDay75 airborne operations today! Stay tuned for more. #Aircommandos Air Force Special Operations Command

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