U.S. Air Force Capts. Andrew Glowa, lead, and William Piepenbring, both with the 74th Fighter Squadron out of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., launch flares from two A-10C Thunderbolt II over the skies of southern Georgia, Aug. 18, 2014. The A-10’s primary functions include close air support, forward air control and combat search and rescue. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter/Released)
Special Forces Operational Detachment-Alpha. United States Army Special Forces a.k.a. “Green Berets”
The United States Army Special Forces, known as the Green Berets because of their distinctive service headgear, are a special operations force tasked with five primary missions: unconventional warfare (the original and most important mission of Special Forces), foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, and counter-terrorism.
The first two emphasize language, cultural, and training skills in working with foreign troops. Other duties include combat search and rescue (CSAR), counter-narcotics, counter-proliferation, hostage rescue, humanitarian assistance, humanitarian demining, information operations, peacekeeping , psychological operations, security assistance, and manhunts; other components of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) or other U.S. government activities may also specialize in these secondary areas. Many of their operational techniques are classified, but some nonfiction works and doctrinal manuals are available.
As special operations units, Special Forces are not necessarily under the command authority of the ground commanders in those countries. Instead, while in theater, SF units may report directly to a geographic combatant command, USSOCOM, or other command authorities. The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) highly secretive Special Activities Division (SAD) and more specifically its Special Operations Group (SOG) recruits from the Army’s Special Forces. Joint CIA-Army Special Forces operations go back to the MACV-SOG branch during the Vietnam War. The cooperation still exists today and is seen in the War in Afghanistan.
“As part of Enduring Freedom, in March 2002 a joint military operation named “Anaconda” was mounted in Paktia province to surround and defeat Taliban forces hiding in the area. On the third day of Operation Anaconda an Army MH-47E Chinook helicopter was fired upon as it attempted to land on a ridge on Takur Ghar mountain. Taking heavy fire, the helicopter lurched and attempted to take-off to extricate itself from the field of fire. When the Chinook lurched, one of the Navy SEALs on board, Petty Officer First Class Neil C. Roberts, fell from the rear ramp. Too damaged to return for Petty Officer Roberts, the Chinook landed further down the mountain.
“A second MH-47E attempted to land and rescue Roberts, but it too was fired upon and forced to leave the immediate area. The third MH-47E to attempt a landing on what became known as Roberts’ Ridge was hit with automatic weapons fire and rocket-propelled grenades while still 20 feet in the air. The helicopter, containing an Army Ranger Team and Technical Sergeant Keary Miller, a Combat Search and Rescue Team Leader from the 123d Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky Air National Guard, hit the ground hard. Within seconds, one helicopter crewman, the right door gunner, was killed, as were three Army Rangers. The 17-hour ordeal that followed would result in the loss of seven American lives, including Petty Officer Roberts.
“Technical Sergeant Miller not only managed to drag the wounded helicopter pilot to safety, but also orchestrated the establishment of multiple casualty collection points. In between treating the wounded, Miller set up the distribution of ammunition for the Army Rangers who were taking the fight to the enemy. For his extraordinary life-saving efforts while putting himself in extreme danger under enemy fire, Technical Sergeant Miller was awarded the Silver Star by the U.S. Navy, one of the few members of the Air National Guard to be so honored.”
The entire operation is detailed in “Not a Good Day to Die” by Sean Naylor, one of the best accounts of military non-fiction I’ve read.
Combat controllers and pararescuemen from the 720th Operations Support Squadron Advanced Skills Training flight at Hurlburt Field, Fla., off-load a UH-1 Huey from the 6th Special Operations Squadron during a combat search and rescue training scenario on Eglin Air Force Base range Sept. 13, 2007.
Two 56th Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawks respond in a combat search and rescue scenario on Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. Unlike other rescue squadrons, the 56th RQS is the only unit with a dedicated combat search and rescue force to conduct personnel recovery for a joint force.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Trevor T. McBride, 16 JAN 2015.)
The legendary A-10 looks like it’s here to stay after being upgraded by the Air Force
Air Force maintainers at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona have outfitted the Warthog with an upgrade for combat search and rescue missions (CSAR). According to the Air Force, an “urgent operational need arose” for increased CSAR capabilities in August 2016. …….now 19 A-10s sport the upgrade…..
“Do you think I’d look nice with my hair grown out?” Shepard asks. The question catches Kaidan off guard just a little bit. He’s never thought about it. He’s only ever known her with shorter hair, and most of the time, it was pulled back or under her helmet.
“Well, I don’t know,” he says. “Never given it much thought.”
He weaves his fingers in her hair as she rests against his chest. She’s snuggled so nicely against him, still somewhat warm and wet from the shower. He loved laying with her after showers. It made her skin soft, and she was always looking to be warmed up. He’d never say no to a free reason to hold her. She’d always drop her towel and slide on one of his t-shirts and a pair of shorts, and snuggle against him, stealing his body heat and claiming it as her own.
“I mean, when we win the war, I feel like there won’t be a ton of need for active combat. Not like this. Probably lots of rebuilding, search and rescue. I could probably grow my hair out.”
Kaidan thinks about Shepard after the war sometimes. It still feels like an abstract thought, just a step away from impossibility. He thinks about them stepping back from active duty, really fixing things. Maybe for once, not using a gun to do that. He thinks about them taking a nice vacation, maybe by that point they can call it a honeymoon, or something. He thinks of her wearing casual clothes, something easy like jeans. He’s seen her in a dress a few times, but he imagines her in something so uncharacteristic, and he likes the thought.
He twirls a strand of red hair between his fingers and glances down. She’s always reminded him of sunshine in a way. Light, freckled skin, crimson hair, big green eyes. For someone who’s seen so much death and destruction, her eyes still seem so full of wonder. He hopes that once they have the chance to breathe, she can show him what it is she really sees in the world.
He presses a kiss to the top of her head, hair still damp, but so soft and smooth. She smells like vanilla and oranges, and he pulls her closer. He can’t imagine his life without her now, and so when he thinks about their future, about a life after what feels like the end of the world, he thinks about a lot of things. She could have long hair or short hair, or wear frilly dresses instead of combat boots and armor, or decide to keep everything exactly the way it is now. He’s okay with the picture of their future in his head changing, as long as she’s in it at all.
He nods. “Then… yeah… I think that would look nice too.”
She pauses a moment, and as if she knows exactly what she’s thinking, tugs him closer and wraps her arms around him. “Okay. If I get the chance, maybe then I’ll try something new.”
Alaska Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 212th Rescue Squadron negotiate wooded terrain while conducting mass-casualty, search and rescue training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 4, 2016. During the exercise, the rescue operators located, assessed, treated and evacuated numerous casualties while engaging and eliminating multiple attacks from opposition forces. In addition to training for combat search and rescue missions, the 212th Rescue Squadron also provides emergency rescue services for Alaska residents and visitors. (U.S. Air Force photos/Alejandro Pena)
U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron participated in a mission rehearsal in an excess structure at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan Aug. 26, 2014. The event allowed PJs to hone their breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade, to use the structure prior to its scheduled deconstruction. Task Force Trailblazer is currently demolishing 50-70 wooden structures here each week as part of Operation Enduring Freedom retrograde operations
moody_afb An A-10C Thunderbolt II from the 23d Fighter Group peels off after a strafing run over Grand Bay Bombing and Gunnery Range April 17, 2015, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The A-10C participated in a combat search and rescue task force demonstration alongside HH-60G Pave Hawks and an HC-130J Combat King II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released) #aircraft #a10 #hawg#MoodyAFB #brrrrt #usaf
berrystained: I was wondering whether you could do a one-shot with the reader and Loki in the first Avengers film. Rather than Natasha looking after him while he was in the Hulk cage, you do and he constantly tries to flirt with you so it’s basically just banter. Also, could the reader be quite sassy? You can choose where you want it to go but I thought that would be quite fun.
A/N: Ask and you shall be given! Also, this is my very first Marvel fic. Let me know what you think, my dear!
Pairing: Loki x Fem!Reader Trigger Warning: None. Additional Information: Some mild cussing but only because you ordered the reader to be extra sassy!
Two Airmen with the U.S Air Force hang from an HH-60G Pave Hawk after the successful recovery of a mock crash victim during a combat search and rescue exercise April 17, 2014, at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England.
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – An HC-130P/N King refuels HH-60 Pave Hawks April 15, 2010, over the desert surrounding Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2010. The HC-130 is with the 71st Rescue Squadron at Moody AFB, Ga. Angel Thunder 2010, an Air Combat Command-ponsored exercise, will be the largest personnel recovery and combat search and rescue exercise to date, combining Department of Defense and non-DOD assets.