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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Johnson, 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron guidance and control craftsman, explains the connection process of the PSD-90 Fuel Quantity Test Set to Royal Thai Air Force avionics maintainers, March 15, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. Teak Torch 2017 provided an opportunity for both the United States and Thailand to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) 353rd SOMXS demonstrates capabilities with Thai partners
Members of the 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron worked side-by-side with Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron Maintenance Team during the Teak Torch 2017 subject-matter expert exchange, March 2-17, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand.“Our maintainers have been doing amazing stuff with our Thai partners,” said U.S. Air Force Maj.
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A U.S. Air Force MC-130H Talon II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron flies visual formation with a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 assigned to the 601st Squadron, March 14, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. A few first-ever engagements occurred during Teak Torch 2017 to include 353rd Special Operations Group members flying on a RTAF C-130, a U.S. and Thai formation flight and 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron plugging a fuel quantity indicator test set into a Thai aircraft. (Courtesy photo by Royal Thai Air Force Public Affairs) Formation flight with Royal Thai Air Force
A U.S. Air Force MC-130H Talon II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron flies visual formation with a Royal Thai Air Force C-130 assigned to the 601st Squadron, March 14, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. A few first-ever engagements occurred during Teak Torch 2017 to include 353rd Special Operations Group members flying on a RTAF
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U.S. Air Force loadmasters assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron communicate prior to execution of a full mission profile conducted by Royal Thai Air Force 3rd Battalion Special Operations Regiment and U.S. Air Force 6th SOS, March 16, 2017 at Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. Air commandos from the 1st SOS supported the training operations of the RTAF 3rd BN SOR and U.S. Air Force 6th SOS during the last week of Teak Torch 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) RTAF CCTs train during Teak Torch 2017
U.S. Air Force loadmasters assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron communicate prior to execution of a full mission profile conducted by Royal Thai Air Force 3rd Battalion Special Operations Regiment and U.S. Air Force 6th SOS, March 16, 2017 at Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. Air commandos from the 1st SOS supported the training operations
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Garcia, 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron flight doctor, provides medical care to children supported by Sparrow Home, a private, non-profit orphanage during a community relations event, March 12, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The COMREL event during Teak Torch 2017 demonstrated the United States unwavering support and commitment to the security and humanitarian interests of one our greatest alleys and treaty partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Thai partnership strengthened through charity
Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group hosted three community relation (COMREL) events with private, non-profit orphanages, March 11-12, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.“This is one of the largest COMREL events the 353rd SOG has ever done,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Walter Booker, Teak Torch 2017 first shirt. “We were able to do a lot
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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gary Gessendorf, 1st Special Operations Squadron evaluator flight engineer, explains the critical role of the MC-130H Talon II in rapid multinational response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Pacific during an observation flight with aircrew assigned to the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron, March 9, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. Throughout Teak Torch 2017, the 353rd Special Operation Group and 601st SQDN demonstrated the strength of a partnership that has evolved over the years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) 353rd SOG & 601st SQDN exchange knowledge in the sky
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Gary Gessendorf, 1st Special Operations Squadron evaluator flight engineer, explains the critical role of the MC-130H Talon II in rapid multinational response to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the Pacific during an observation flight with aircrew assigned to the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron, March
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U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Walter Booker, Teak Torch 2017 first shirt, defends the goal during a soccer match with members of the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron, March 8, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. In addition to subject-matter expert exchanges on airborne operations, aircraft maintenance and survive, evade, resist and escape (SERE) training, Teak Torch 2017 provided the opportunity to engage with Thai military partners outside the classroom during a sports day event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) RTAF 601st SQND hosts sports day
U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Walter Booker, Teak Torch 2017 first shirt, defends the goal during a soccer match with members of the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron, March 8, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. In addition to subject-matter expert exchanges on airborne operations, aircraft maintenance and survive, evade, resist and
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A Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron pilot enjoys a briefing by U.S. Air Force members from the 1st Special Operations Squadron during a subject-matter expert exchange, March 2, 2017 at Don Mueang Air Base, Thailand. A cross-section of aircrew and maintenance from the 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a subject-matter exchange with counterparts from the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron during Teak Torch 2017. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) 353rd Special Operations Group participates in Teak Torch 2017
The 353rd Special Operations Group sent a specialized team of subject-matter experts in airborne operations, aircraft maintenance and survive, evade, resist and escape (SERE) to engage with counterparts from the Royal Thai Air Force 601st Squadron, RTAF 3rd Battalion Special Operations Regiment and U.S. Air Force 6th Special Operations Squadron
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert Bingham, 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II evaluator pilot, performs a pre-flight inspection before a training sortie March 21, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Bingham‘s extensive pilot training enables him to safely conduct day and night sorties in support of joint and allied special operations forces as well as humanitarian disaster relief aid throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Corey Pettis) Top “Dawg” flies with SOG
The usual items on a 353rd Special Operations Group cargo and passenger manifest can list Humvees, rafts, ATVs, supply drop crates, special forces Army Soldiers, Air Force pararescuemen, a forward area refueling party, or a platoon of Marines armed to the teeth. However, the manifest listed only a single individual for this flight, the 18th Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Barry “Dawg” Cornish.
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Combat controllers and pararesucement from the Royal Thai Air Force Special Operations Regiment and 320th Special Tactics Squadron jump from a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, Feb. 23, 2017 at Thai Air Force Base Wing 2 in Lopburi, Thailand. Cobra Gold 2017 provided an opportunity for the 320th STS and 17th SOS to advance interoperability and increase partner capacity by planning and executing complex training missions with multiple RTAF units. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) 353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Cobra Gold 2017
Members of the 353rd Special Operations Group participated in the 36th iteration of the annual Theater Security Cooperation event Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 (CG17), which took place Feb. 14-24, 2017 at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.The 353rd SOG trained side by side with their Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) counterparts throughout
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U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group play soccer with Thai students from Sirijantaranmit School Lopburi during a community relations event in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 23, 2017. In addition to engaging with the students, the military members supported the school with a $4,000 donation of computers and school supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Jessica Tait) Airmen support students from local Thai school
U.S. Air Force members assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group play soccer with Thai students from Sirijantaranmit School Lopburi during a community relations event in Lopburi, Thailand, Feb. 23, 2017. In addition to engaging with the students, the military members supported the school with a $4,000 donation of computers and school supplies.
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