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Hurlburt Field Unveils Special Tactics Memorial

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Last week, AFSOC added a statue of a Special Tactics Operator to the memorial park at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Considering the 24th SOW is a major portion of AFSOC’s combat power, and Special Tactics Airmen have been instrumental in the joint fight, its about time their contributions are recognized.

Special Tactics, the Air Force’s ground special operations force, has been engaged in every major conflict since 9/11, continuously deployed for more than 5,000 days to more than 73 locations. As a result of their actions in combat, the Special Tactics community has earned the highest number of valorous medals in the Air Force since the Vietnam War.

In the last 40 years, only ten Airmen have received the Air Force Cross, the service’s highest medal it can bestow for valor in combat. Eight of those recipients were Special Tactics Airmen.

Beside the statue are two plaques which include the names of those Airmen who have earned the Air Cross Cross as well as the 8 ST operators who have fallen in training and the 19 who perished in action.

In true Special Tactics fashion, the dedication ceremony ended with memorial pushups.

Photos courtesy of North American Rescue.

Forces Focus – USAF Special Tactics

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Forces Focus – 17th ASOS

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

This video is a great montage of the life of a JTAC assigned to the 720th Special Tactics Group’s only Air Support Operations Squadron, the 17th ASOS.

Forces Focus – USAF Special Tactics

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

We ran across this great B roll footage of Special Tactics Airmen training.

Special Tactics Airmen Training for the ‘Mish

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Here, members of the 23rd STS (I was the S2 of this Squadron in the late 90s) conduct airborne training. The Water DZ is in the Santa Rosa sound off of the Florida panhandle.

AFSOC Memorial March

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Having spent several years of my military career assigned as an Intelligence Officer to the 720th Special Tactics Group and a couple of its subordinate squadrons, it makes me proud to hear that 18 of our Special Tactics Airmen are conducting a 812-mile memorial ruck march from Texas to Florida. They begin on 16 October, marching in three-man teams with each team walking about 144 miles carrying 50-pound rucksacks and a commemorative baton engraved with a fallen Special Tactics Airman’s name.

Track their progress on the AFSOC blog hosted by Maj Kristi Beckman.