MC 130J Commando II Loadmaster (USAF photo by 1LT Chris Sullivan)

MC-130J Commando II – Loadmaster Profile

November 3, 2016 SOF News 0

A MC 130J Commando II Loadmaster has a difficult and interesting job. The Air Force has several MC-130J Commando II aircraft based at Royal Air Force Midenhall, England. These aircraft (and their crews) perform a variety of special operations missions […]

27th SOW

27th SOW Trains on New Mission Capabilities

September 3, 2016 SOF News 0

The 27th Special Operations Wing – 27th SOW – recently conducted an exercise in Utah and Colorado testing new mission capabilities. The full mission profile (FMP) exercise was held in unfamiliar territory far from their normal training and exercise location […]

Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano flying over Kabul - Afghanistan Conflict

Afghan Air Force (AAF)

September 2, 2016 John Friberg 0

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) – pilot shortage. While it is currently able to conduct a host of operations (MEDEVAC, troop transport, resupply, close air support, and aerial reconnaissance) it is not to the level of capacity needed by the […]

Task Force South West - Marines in Helmand Province

Afghan Update 20160830

August 30, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghan Update 20160830 – More U.S. troops to Lashkar Gah, RS HQs spokesperson ‘spins’ the news, training Afghan pilots, AUMF and ‘the Forever War’, Australian aid worker released, Afghan Assessment by ISW, and eastern district falls to Taliban. U.S. Reinforcements […]

MQ-9 Reaper, drone

Drones – A Strategic Weapon for the United States

August 18, 2016 SOF News 0

At first the use of drones, referred to by the military as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAs), was limited to aerial reconnaissance and surveillance. However, it wasn’t long before the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) put a […]

Afghan Air Force A-29 Super Tucano flying over Kabul - Afghanistan Conflict

AAF – More Planes and Pilots Needed

August 16, 2016 SOF News 0

The Afghan Air Force (AAF) is struggling to perform its mission of supporting the Afghan National Army (ANA) and the Afghan National Police (ANP). ┬áIt’s mission of aerial reconnaissance, movement of troops and supplies, and aerial fire support is vital […]

Operation CARPETBAGGER. Photo from National Museum of US Air Force

Operation CARPETBAGGER – Supporting OSS in WWII

August 15, 2016 SOF News 0

During World War II the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Army Special Forces, used the U.S. Army Air Forces to fly secret missions into Europe. The aircraft would drop supplies, […]

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Special Operations Update for 20160813

August 13, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update: Ventura pursuing suit to Supreme Court, who founded the Islamic State, who is the Syrian Opposition, GWOT, new cdr for SOCSOUTH, generals in politics, and Air Force pilot shortage. Operation EPIC 2016. Learn how the Special Operations […]