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  Air Force Air Commandos
Air Force Air Commandos are commando soldiers of the United States Air Force.
The combat controllers are similar to the air traffic controllers that can be found at any major airport, but with a few added duties.
Ground operators are similar to the members of the Marine Corps Force Recon.
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 Air Commando
Their answer was a commando unit that would use unconventional "hit and run" tactics to confuse the enemy, and destroy their lines of communication and resupply.
The 1st Air Commando Group, as it came to be known, was a self-contained composite force of fighters, cargo planes, light aircraft, helicopters and support people.
Air Commandos like Aderholt operated in wars at locations worldwide, but it was in the Vietnam War that commandos made some of their greatest contributions.
www.af.mil /news/airman/0397/comando.htm   (1827 words)

 NDM Article - Wars Taking Air Commandos Into Uncharted Territory
Air Force commandos are adapting to the emerging difficulties of fighting counterinsurgency wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the U.S. global war on terrorism, said Lt. Gen.
Air Force special operators, who call themselves “air commandos,” are highly trained and rapidly deployable.
To ease that burden, the Air Force has begun deploying a new battlefield air-operations kit that is 50 percent lighter and reduces the time needed to link sensors to shooter by 40 percent.
www.nationaldefensemagazine.org /issues/2005/Feb/Wars_Taking.htm   (1574 words)

 SignOn San Diego Military -- Closed ranks?
The dearth of minorities in the elite forces is a sign of a much larger and more serious problem facing America and its armed forces, say sociologists who specialize in the military.
Of the 8,775 Army, Navy and Air Force commandos, 1,180 are classified as minorities.
Eight percent of the Air Force' s special-tactics and pararescue groups, the military' s smallest commando force, are minority members.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/military/commandos/20000917-0010_mz1n17rank.html   (1956 words)

 Volunteer Air Squadrons   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
These squadrons (previously Air Force Reserve Squadrons, Volunteer Air Squadrons, or Commando Squadrons until 1995), fulfill an increasingly important role as the SAAF's capabilities are mainly being restricted by a lack of pilots and other technical personnel (Ad Astra, vol 17, no 8).
Command of the Air Commandos was handed over to the Light Aircraft Command of the SAAF on 1 October 1978 when it comprised 12 squadrons.
Number 114 Volunteer Air Squadron, an all ladies squadron, was established in 1976 at AFB Swartkop, but this unique squadron was disbanded in 1990 when it's members were transferred to 104 and 111 Squadrons.
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 C-46 Commando   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Army Air Force, Navy and Marines flew commandos on all fronts in World War II, but they attained their fame flying material and supplies from India over the Himalayan Mountains or "Hump" into China.
A Bold Venture C-46 was one of the aircraft, which participated in a demonstration of the air commando capabilities for the Army Caribbean Command in Panama, Aug. 1, 1962.
In 1949, it was assigned to the Air Force Reserve and used to maintain crew proficiency in Washington and California units.
www.hurlburt.af.mil /basewide/airpark/c46/index.shtml   (798 words)

 Air Force Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The air commandos are “Ph.D.s in the ability to manage chaos,” said Col. O.G. Mannon, commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt.
Because the air commandos are generally exempt from the standard Air and Space Expeditionary Force rotations, predictability has been a challenge.
The primary Air Force CSAR helicopter is the HH-60 Pave Hawk, rapidly nearing the end of its service life.
www.afa.org /magazine/March2005/0305commandos.html   (2820 words)

 NDM Article - Special Ops Forces Are ‘Tool of Choice’
The air commandos, probably the least known to the general public of all SOF forces at the time, were almost completely disbanded.
Chechen rebels have sought refuge in a remote, mountainous region of Georgia bordering the Chechen Republic in Russia, and are the cause of significant tensions.
Special Forces and SEAL units have trained Colombian land and riverine forces for counter-drug missions, and it is not unreasonable to expect further training requests as Colombia faces increasing turbulence and violence from insurgents and paramilitaries heavily involved in the narcotics industry.
www.nationaldefensemagazine.org /issues/2003/Feb/Special_Ops.htm   (2626 words)

 NDM Article - Jumper Eyeing New Unit of Air Commandos
The Air Force is so pleased by the performance of 20 airmen who parachuted with the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade into Northern Iraq in 2003 that it is planning a specialized unit, based on the United Kingdom’s RAF Regiment, to conduct such operations in the future.
As a result, the Air Force is developing a concept for a unit similar to the RAF Regiment, Jumper said.
The RAF Regiment is the Royal Air Force’s corps of ground-warfare specialists, often compared to the Royal Marines.
www.nationaldefensemagazine.org /issues/2004/Apr/Jumper_Eyeing.htm   (310 words)

 MILNET: Air Force Special Operations Command
Forces consisted of 11 helocopters and a contingent of Marines.
Air Force Special Operations Command is the Air Force contingent to USSOCOM (U.S. Special Operations Command), however is on the rolls of the U.S. Air Force and formally reports through the chain of command to the Secretary of the Air Force.
Provide Air Force special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands to conduct unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconaissance, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, counter-proliferation, civil affairs, humanitarian assistance, psychological operations, personnel recovery, and counter-narcotics operations.
www.milnet.com /afsoc.htm   (1652 words)

 The Longest War   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Air Force involvement in Vietnam started with Air Commandos training South Vietnamese troops to carry out strikes and in aerial spraying to defoliate forests that concealed Viet Cong guerrillas.
And since there were a lot of close air support missions, the Air Force developed a gunship to supplement the fighters.
After the war, the Air Force began to modernize its forces and to develop a smaller, more flexible force structure.
www.af.mil /news/airman/0197/vietnam.htm   (401 words)

 AEF - Lieutenant General Paul V. Hester - 2/03   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
And because of the intimate knowledge of the Uzbeki air space, their bases, they were able to offer assistance and advice, not only with the Uzbeks, but also with General Franks as to where to bed down our airplanes.
We are a specialized air power, specialized in the sense that we take common Air Force equipment, like the C-130 and the six variants that you see on the slide here.
Air refueling of C-130s, which do the route refueling for helicopters, is a shortness in our game plan.
www.afa.org /AEF/pub/hester203.asp   (4009 words)

 US Air Force Special Operations
As a force multiplier, it contributes to joint operations in five mission areas: precision employment/strike, information operations, special operations mobility, shaping the battlespace, and agile combat support.
Air commando squadrons (later renamed special operations squadrons) conducted aggressive personnel-rescue missions with a variety of aircraft, as well as interdiction/fire-support operations with a new platform—the fixed-wing gunship.
After Vietnam, Air Force special operations units remained in the order of battle and have taken part in all major contingencies to date.
www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil /airchronicles/apj/apj05/spr05/vignette1.html   (508 words)

 B-10s to Stratojets
From the ill equipped pre-war Air Corps to the nuclear age Strategic Air Command, Chuck's career is fascinating.
At the tender age of 19, Chuck enlisted in the Army Air Corps in the late summer of 1939.
He was transferred to Japan in June of 1950 and was assigned to the 80th Fighter/Bomber Squadron of the 8th Fighter/Bomber Group at Itazuke and later the Group moved to Kimpo, Korea.
home.att.net /~C.C.Jordan/Baisden.html   (1332 words)

 MILNET: U.S. Air Force Air Commandos
The Air Force allocates 9,500 Air Commandos who provide special infiltration helicopters, transport planes, aerial refueling tankers, and gunships.
And just as key, is the realization that a fighting force needs to be just that, a fully allocated and provisioned force, no matter the size of the mission.
And with their added Spooky gunship support from AC-130 or protected heavy load support with Combat Talons (MC-130), the Air Force Special Operations teams bring a nice rounding out of force disposition and flexible ordnance delivery needed in even the most thoroughly planned operation.
www.milnet.com /aircom.htm   (704 words)

 Palm Springs Air Museum War Stories
These forces have their own budget and are under the command of a four star general who answers directly to the Secretary of Defense.
This task force, consisting of 3 USAF C-130's with air crews and support units and a reinforced platoon of US Army paratroopers, was sent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (now Zaire) by President Johnson to help quell a white mercenary rebellion against the shaky government of President Mobutu (same problem exists today).
As a result, Army Special Forces and Air Force Air Commandos now have the state of the art equipment and the joint training capabilities that had been denied to them for so many years by their parent services.
www.air-museum.org /int_th/th.htm   (4600 words)

 United State Air Force History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
General of the Air Force - In the United States Air Force, General of the Air Force is the highest rank, equivalent to a five star General.
Awards and decorations of the United States Air Force - Awards and decorations of the United States Air Force are military decorations which are issued by the Department of the Air Force to Air Force service members and members of other military branches serving under Air Force commands.
Hanscom's personnel composition is unusual within the Air Force, the ESC works with other branches of the airplanes that land on its runways are military aircraft.
bu72.motorists-mico.com /unitedstateairforcehistory.html   (911 words)

 Tom Fernandez Production | Picture Gallery | Iraq   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Forces were then put across the river to flush what had been reported as groupings of insurgents there.
United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance (Force Recon) units are special-purposes units roughly analogous to the Navy SEALs, Air Force Air Commandos, or U.S. Army Special Forces and are widely recognized as the "special operations forces" of the Marine Corps.
Operation Spear was intended to identify and attack anti-Iraqi forces and foreign terrorists who had established themselves in the region.
tomfernandezproduction.com /PICS_IRAQ_Main.html   (1345 words)

 Hurlburt Field Airpark   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Hurlburt Field Air Park is one of the small exhibit areas located throughout the Air Force to provide an understanding of particular areas of military aviation.
The Air Force Museum is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, and provides the visitor with an outstanding understanding of the overall history and development of Unites States airpower.
Aircraft on display at Hurlburt Field are the property of the Air Force Museum and are on long-term loan to Hurlburt Field.
www.hurlburt.af.mil /basewide/airpark   (245 words)

 U.S. GUERRILLAS: With Knife & Strangling Wire -- Friday, May. 24, 1963 -- Page 2 -- TIME   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Air Commandos, proud of their Anzac-style hats, live in a strange world of seemingly obsolete aircraft: the B-26 bomber, T-28 trainer, slow C46 and C-47 cargo-troop planes.
In basic training at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base, they are given a tattered piece of parachute from which to fashion shelter, then left to make shift in a swampy area for 3½ days.
In a spirit of international camaraderie, Guatemala awarded the U.S. instructors its own Air Force wings at a graduation party, required the Air Commandos to down a bottle of local liquor to reach the wings at the bottom.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,830410-2,00.html   (763 words)

 View From d'Isle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
These operations were directed at the troop movements and storage areas along the "Ho Chi Minh trail," the route along which North Vietnamese regular forces and equipment moved into the south.
With only air support, and sometimes no support at all, the SOG teams blew up ammunition storage areas, killed and captured enemy troops, gathered intelligence, and undermined enemy morale by planting doctored rifle and mortar ammunition which would blow up in the face of the shooter when fired.
If a significant enemy contact was made, a larger SOG force might be inserted to exploit the target, or the spike team might be withdrawn to avoid losses.
www.vegsource.com /articles/john36.htm   (525 words)

 Special Forces Search Engine : US Air Force Commandos - Powered By The FOGs at The Swamp Team House
Rate It Air Force 20th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) was assigned the task of supporting the MACV SOG recon teams in the mid 1960’s.
Rate It AFSOC is America's specialized air power for deployment and assignment to regional unified commands.
Rate It The STARS are the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) Parachute Demonstration Team.
www.sfahq.com /US_Air_Force_Commandos/index.html   (566 words)

 Air Force Air Commandos   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Air Force Commandos fall under three types of duties.
Not only are they trained and able to fight with just about any special forces group but they can also act as a paramedic on the fighting field.
To be a Air Force Commando is one of the hardest things one can attempt.
www.fact-index.com /a/ai/air_force_air_commandos.html   (206 words)

 Air force air commandos in vietnam
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 Bernard F. Fisher Citation: Congressional Medal of Honor Society
On that date, the special forces camp at A Shau was under attack by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars.
The tops of the 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800 foot ceiling, limiting aircraft maneuverability and forcing pilots to operate within range of hostile gun positions, which often were able to fire down on the attacking aircraft.
Directing his own air cover, he landed his aircraft and taxied almost the full length of the runway, which was littered with battle debris and parts of an exploded aircraft.
www.cmohs.org /medal/history_links/b_fisher.htm   (323 words)

 Calvin the Commando   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I doubt that Florian is typical of most Air Commandos, except that they all seem to share certain traits-imagination, ingenuity, industry and instant response.
Joining the Air Commandos is tough enough for a man in his twenties, but at Florian's age, to just jump out of bed one day, admit you've had it easy for 20 years and make a decision to strike out for uncharted islands, takes guts.
Florian and seven other members of the 319th Air Commando Squadron recently jumped from a C-47 in pre-dawn darkness on Eglin range 5.
home.earthlink.net /~aircommando1/calvin.htm   (720 words)

 Navy League of the United States - Citizens in Support of the Sea Services
The largely unconventional conflict in Vietnam led to a proliferation of elite units, including the Army's Green Berets, the Air Force's Air Commandos, and the Navy's SEALs--who evolved from the underwater demolition team "frogmen" of World War II and Korea.
In 1980, special forces of various types, hastily formed into a special mission unit, were assigned to the fatally flawed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran.
It includes Army Special Forces (the Green Berets), Rangers, and the 160th Special Aviation Regiment; Navy SEALs, special warfare boat units, and SEAL delivery units; and Air Force Special Operations airlift units, AC-130 gunships, and special tactics teams.
www.navyleague.org /sea_power/mar_03_45.php   (1633 words)

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On 23 February 1951, the Air Resupply and Communications Service was established at Andrews AFB, Maryland and tasked to develop a wartime capability that included inserting, supplying, and extracting Ranger-type personnel behind enemy lines.
The 580th and 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Wings were established to support operations in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.
In the spring of 1953, the 581st was tasked to resupply French forces fighting the Vietminh in the French-Indochina War.
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