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  • 2021 Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar in Krakow, Poland

    The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, in collaboration with United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa and the Polish Air Force, hosted the bi-annual European Partnership Flight Building Partner Aviation Capacity Seminar (BPACS), Aug. 30 - Sept. 3, 2021 in Krakow’s Grand Sheraton hotel in Poland. The five-day seminar brought together aviation professionals from across the U.S. security cooperation enterprise, the NATO alliance, as well as other strategic European partners to exchange lessons learned on the integration of civil and military operations.
  • It’s okay to ask for help

    When I was a bright-eyed, young Airman eight or nine years ago, one of the first stories I was tasked with writing was about the base mental health clinic. One of the technicians I interviewed kind of hesitantly asked me why I was bothering writing a story about them, but I didn’t understand him.
  • 352nd Special Operations Wing Concludes Black Sea Operations with NATO Allies and Partners with Exercise Sea Breeze 2021

    The 352nd Special Operations Wing participated in exercise Sea Breeze 21 from June 28 to July 10, 2021. The exercise, held and co-hosted in Ukraine, aimed to build and strengthen relationships between allied and partner nations.
  • NATO allies increase joint interoperability during Trojan Footprint 21

    For the first time, an AC-130J Ghostrider, assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing trained alongside Romanian special operations forces and assets from the 352d Special Operations Wing to conduct joint training in Romania and North Macedonia, May, 11, 2021, as part of Trojan Footprint 21. “Training our forces to leverage the capabilities of the AC-130J significantly increased the lethality of Romanian special operations forces,” said Romanian Col. Marius Patrichi, Special Operations Air Task Group Deputy. “It also provided an opportunity to train with air assets that can be ready every day, anywhere, in response to today’s dynamic security environment.”
  • MC-130J Commando II air-to-air refueling

    A U.S. Air Force 67th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 100th Air Refueling Wing to receive air-to-air refueling over the North Sea, April 28, 2021. The 100th ARW conducts air refueling and combat support operations throughout the European and African area of responsibility.
  • NATO ally, Romania, hosts U.S. Joint Forces for Dynamic Force Employment training near the Black Sea

    Special operations forces from the 352d Special Operations Wing and 41st Field Artillery Brigade executed another successful High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), Rapid Aerial Insertion (HIRAIN), near Constanta, Romania 10 Apr, 2021. “This second iteration of the HIRAIN operation, conducted in a condensed timeline, amplified not only our unique and strong relationship with our NATO allies, and other partners in the theater, but also highlighted the increased lethality the SOF capabilities and assets bring to the joint force, specifically when we partner with our conventional units for all-domain operations,” said Col Marc V. LaRoche, Deputy Commander, Special Operations Command Europe.
  • U.S. and Swedish special operations forces conduct a major joint exercise with air, land and sea assets

    This November, the 352d Special Operations Wing are participating in a multi-domain, joint exercise in various locations with Swedish Armed Forces. This training includes assets from both partner nations’ air, land and maritime components, who are working together to increase interoperability and relationships for future collaborative events. “The U.S. forces are incredibly honored that our Swedish Special Operations Command partners invited us to stage and exercise with them here in Sweden. Our partners are highly capable professional operators, and we look forward to our continued collaboration throughout the Baltic Sea Region,” said Joint Special Operations Task Force deputy commander of the exercise, Lt. Col. Houston Hodgkinson.
  • 352 SOW, 48FW participate in exercise with NATO nations

    U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing and the 352d Special Operations Wing participated in a combined readiness exercise in the Baltic region among NATO partners Oct. 26 - Nov 6. Exercises and engagements in the European area of responsibility demonstrate U.S. commitment to the security and stability in this region through operationalizing agility-based war-fighting concepts.
  • Air Commandos, NATO allies conduct a combined readiness exercise in Baltic Sea region

    U.S. Air Commandos from the 352d Special Operations Wing, along with F-15Es from the 48th Fighter Wing deployed to Aalborg, Denmark to support a combined readiness exercise in the Baltic Sea region. This multilateral exercise enables these partners to train, increase readiness, enhance collective defense and provide the flexibility to effectively respond to any contingency. The NATO allied and partner nations' special operations forces will continue increasing interoperability to enable any multi-domain mission.
  • 352 SOW welcomes new commander

    Col. Nathan L. Owendoff took command of the 352d Special Operations Wing, stationed on RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Sept. 25, 2020. The 352 SOW consists of CV-22B Ospreys, MC-130J Commando IIs, special tactics, special operations aircraft maintenance and support squadrons. Maj. Gen. Erik T. Hill, Air Force Special Operations Command deputy