Deadly Blue: Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special by Fred Pushies

By Fred Pushies

The tale of any army operation revolves not only round thoughts and kit, yet round humans. Now for the 1st time, readers gets an intimate examine the folks in the back of CAS shut Air help. Their paintings is either gentle and lethal, their activities rooted in months of making plans and carried out with split-second timing. performing as a bridge among detailed ops flooring troops and deadly air energy, CAS calls for a ability set extraordinary even one of the so much elite army forces. yet simply as very important is the approach, commitment, and bold of a truly certain model of Airman. army fans, historical past buffs, and readers encouraged by way of tales of outstanding bravery and patriotism will all be interested in the heroes of lethal Blue, the Air strength specific Operations Command that orchestrates and executes those severe missions.

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Helicopters settling into a landing zone in Haiti and being heralded as “the first Americans to land on Haitian soil,” members of the AFSOC/STS had been on the ground for days already, surveying those helicopter landing zones and setting up lighting for the heliborne troopers. There are six STS units worldwide, with approximately 360 combat controllers and 100 pararescuemen in the AFSOC. The 21st STS is stationed at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina; the 24th STS is at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; the 22nd STS is at McChord Air Force Base, Washington; the 23rd is at Hurlburt Field, Florida; the 320th STS is at Kadena Air Base, Japan; and the 321st STS is at RAF Mildenhall, England.

Space program. In fact, pararescuemen have worked with NASA since the early Gemini programs of the sixties. They were present to support Skylab missions and they are currently on call to provide rescue support to the space shuttle program. The PJs gained even more rescue potential with the introduction of combined parachuting capability and scuba technique. The pararescue forces operate at great risk to themselves. ” During the Vietnam War, PJs were considered part of the crew of the Jolly Green helicopters in the search and rescue of downed pilots.

The mission for his team was to scout their area of operations. Indeed, this is where you primarily find the special ops weather guys, typically doing reconnaissance, gathering information so the bosses in the rear can decide what the best course of action is. How does this fit the overall battle plan? The official term for this job is “Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield,” or IPB. This intelligencegathering is a systematic, continuous process of analyzing the threat and the environment in a specific geographic area.

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