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  • 2,000 NATO, Partner Special Operations Forces rapidly deploy to Baltics for Trojan Footprint 18

    Trojan Footprint is a biennial U.S. Special Operations Command Europe-led exercise that incorporates U.S., NATO and European partner special operations forces. This year’s exercise included special operations forces from: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and the U.S., as well as the
  • Finnish SOF Host Exercise Northern Griffon

    Northern Griffin is a multinational training exercise hosted by Finnish Special Operations Forces to provide Finland and partner nation SOF the opportunity to train and evaluate capabilities in arctic conditions.
  • U.S. SOF conduct winter warfare training in Sweden

    KIRUNA, SWEDEN – There’s cold and then there’s above the Arctic Circle cold. So cold that frostbite on exposed skin can occur within minutes. Not cold enough to stop special operations forces from operating in the environment.
  • Winter weather strikes RAF Mildenhall

    Air Commandos from the 352d Special Operations Maintenance Squadron clear snow and ice off a CV-22 Osprey during a winter storm 2 March, 2018, RAF Mildenhall. Despite the cold temperatures, the 352d Special Operations Wing maintains a steady, alert posture, ready to execute specialized and contingency operations at a moment’s notice.
  • Distinguished Flying Cross awarded for heroism in action

    An MC-130J Commando II crew flies an 18 hour mission over the rugged landscape of Afghanistan, providing the supplies needed to fight and win against the unforgiving enemy. The crew is exhausted and look forward to nothing more than a hot meal, a warm shower and a sleep to refresh before starting it all anew the following night. However, as the sun comes up over the horizon and these Air Commando’s lay down, they receive the call that fellow Special Operation Forces are in need of their help… and once again they are thrust back into the forefront of the fight. This is the start of the narrative described at the awards ceremony for Capt. Joseph Castro, 67th Special Operations Squadron pilot and Staff Sgt. Joshua Call, 67th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster at RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 8, 2018. Both Air Commandos received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for their actions on this harrowing flight into enemy territory to resupply fellow Special Operation Forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 5, 2016.
  • DAGRE hones the edge with close range marksmanship

    Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element members from the 352d Special Operations Support Squadron, 352d Special Operations Wing, spent time on the range executing shoot, move, and communicate procedures at RAF Mildenhall, Jan. 23, 2018. Shoot, move, communicate involves scenario based training that reinforces Air Commandos on the fundamentals of reacting with the right movements and tactics under pressure.
  • Fleet Master Chief Addington Visits 352 SOW

    Fleet Master Chief (SS/SW) Crispian Addington, European Command Senior Enlisted Leader tours the 352d Special Operations Wing facilities and meets with leaders and airmen during his visit to RAF Mildenhall, 10 Jan., 2018. Fleet Master Chief Addington spoke to Airmen about the importance of proper maintenance and safety protocols to ensure the success of the mission.
  • Estonian SOF CV-22 Fast Rope

    Estonian and U.S. Special Operation Forces operators prepare to board a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey, assigned to the 352d Special Operations Wing, during fast rope training near Amari, Estonia, Dec. 12, 2017. Estonian and U.S. SOF conducted Fast Rope Insertion and Extraction System training to build combined NATO SOF readiness. (U.S. Army photo by
  • Air Force saves Airmen time, no longer requires first year evaluations

    Air Force officials announced Jan. 4, 2018, Enlisted Performance Reports are no longer required for regular Air Force Airmen in the grade of airman first class and below with less than 36 months’ Time-In-Service or Air Reserve Component Airmen below the grade of senior airman.
  • Ability to Survive and Operate; Airmen practice protection against CBRN

    Air Commandos with the 67th Special Operations Squadron, 352d Special Operations Wing execute a training mission over the local area with emergency response procedures for chemical warfare during an Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO) exercise 13 Dec., 2017, RAF Mildenhall. The integrated ATSO and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear