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Japan's Foreign Minister recognizes SOF Airmen for Operation Tomodachi relief efforts

COMMENTARY - "Thank You" is not necessary; U.S. forces honored to help reopen Sendai  3

ORI 'Excellent' leads to operational Outstanding

Special Operations Airmen supporting Operation TOMODACHI reposition to Okinawa

Airmen continue to support government of Japan

Special ops port dog keeps Operation Tomodachi relief aid flowing at Sendai Airport

Recovering hope: Airmen help Japanese rebuild Sendai Airport

Message from Ambassador Roos: Helping Our Friend and Ally

Working in the Shadows

Rebuilding Sendai Airport: a photographic journey

Photo essay: Kadena's rescue team on a mission

Photo essay: Airmen work with Japanese air controllers

SOG flies more aid to Sendai

Air Force Special Operations support extends to USMC units

Combat Talon II crew supports Operation Tomodachi  |  VIDEO

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Special ops group resupplies Sendai

SOG Airmen continue relief efforts at Sendai

Combined rescue crew delivers relief supplies

Combat Shadow crew transports Marines to Yamagata

Combat Shadow crew conducts refueling in support of Operation Tomodachi

Special Tactics Airmen ready to fly anytime, anywhere

Kadena Airmen 'fuel' relief efforts at Japanese airport  |  VIDEO

Combat controllers, JASDF work together to open airfield  |  VIDEO

Special Ops Airmen move cargo into newly opened airfield

SOG Airmen open two strategic runways for relief operations  1

Airmen and Marines carry out survey mission

BATCATS deploy additional humanitarian support  2

Pacific Air Commandos deploy to support relief operations

tab353 SOG Operation Tomodachi Highlights 
  • More than 300 SOG Airmen deployed to support relief efforts
  • Entire 353rd SOG and Detachment 3, 25th Intelligence Squadron used to reopen two strategic airfields and establish central HA/DR hub at Sendai Airport
    • 17th Special Operations Squadron (3 x MC-130Ps), 1st Special Operations Squadron (1 x MC-130H), 320th Special Tactics Squadron (3 x STS teams), 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron (command and control & logistics), 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron (aircraft maintenance), and Detachment 3, 25th Intelligence Squadron
  • 161 sorties flown
  • 185,000 pounds of fuel offloaded
  • 878,000 pounds of cargo transported
  • 534 personnel transported
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