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  • 353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Balikatan 2018

    Members of the U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group (SOG) participated in the 34th iteration of the annual multilateral training exercise Balikatan 2018 (BK18), which took place May 7-18, 2018 on the island of Luzon, Philippines.  The 353rd SOG trained side-by-side with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and U.S. armed forces
  • Airmen bring charity to local Philippine children’s home

    U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group leadership for Balikatan 2018 present a charitable donation to the children and faculty of Subic Bay Children’s Home during a community relations event May 12, 2018, at Subic Bay, Philippines. In addition to engaging with the children, the military members supported the school with a $15,000 donation of
  • Bilateral friendship jumps at Balikatan 2018

    U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Group and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Joint Special Operations Group (JSOG) operators perform static line jump operations from a U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II May 11, 2018, at Fort Magsaysay Airfield, Philippines. 1st SFG assisted AFP JSOG with airborne infiltration
  • 353rd SOG engages with Philippine C-130 partners

    U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron aircrew explain night flying and instrument procedures to their counterpart from the Philippine Air Force 220th Airlift Squadron during a tactics, techniques and procedures exchange May 10, 2018, at Clark Air Base, Philippines. During the mutually beneficial exchange, aircrew shared knowledge and
  • DAGRE trains with 710th SPOW at Balikatan 2018

    A U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element (DAGRE) team member provides instruction on combative training with his counterparts from the Philippine Air Force 710th Special Operations Wing during a bilateral training exchange May 9, 2018, at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base. During the two
  • 17th SOS conducts HAAR at Balikatan 2018

    A U.S. Air Force 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster monitors two U.S. Air Force 33rd Rescue Squadron HH-60 Pave Hawks during helicopter air to air refueling (HAAR) with a U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando II May 8, 2018, off the coast of Luzon, Philippines. Balikatan 2018 provided an opportunity for the 17th SOS to advance interoperability
  • Honoring the fallen and healing the family

    On February 17th, 2002, an Army MH-47 helicopter crashed into the Sulu Sea while conducting counterterrorist operations in the Philippines, killing 10 people, one of which was Master Sgt. William L. McDaniel II, a pararescueman with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron. Two years later a professional development center on Kadena Air Base was dedicated in his memory and is now known as the McDaniel Center.
  • Learning and leading in electronic warfare

    Every career field can have it’s highs and lows, and for some there’s much more to gain than just knowing how to do the job efficiently. Often, a job can shape someone both personally and professionally creating a unique perspective on their role.
  • POTFF hosts Marriage Care retreat for SOF Airmen and families

    Military life is full of stressors caused by deployments, frequent moves and a demanding work schedule that impacts the lives of Airmen and families in the 353rd Special Operations Group. The Preservation of the Force and Families (POTFF) staff addresses these pressures through tailored counseling support programs such as the Marriage Care retreat,
  • 353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Cobra Gold 2018

    Members of the U.S. Air Force 353rd Special Operations Group participated in the 37th iteration of the annual Exercise Cobra Gold 2018 (CG18), which took place Feb. 3-23, 2018 at various locations throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.  The 353rd SOG trained side-by-side with their Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) counterparts throughout the exercise,
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