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  • AFSOC Director of Operations visits the 353rd SOG

    Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, Air Force Special Operations Command director of operations, and Chief Master Sgt. Christian Hendrick AFSOC operations chief enlisted member, held all calls with the officers and enlisted members of the 353rd Special Operations group on 14 August, 2019. Since being promoted to Brigadier General earlier this year, Cartier
  • STS Airman named one of 2019 Outstanding OAY

    Each year Air Force officials select 12 Airmen from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements to represent the service’s top enlisted members. Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, special tactics section chief from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron, was selected as one of the 2019 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.
  • SECDEF Departs Yokota to Continue Pacific Tour

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with the Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense Takeshi Iwaya to discuss the ironclad partnership
  • 353rd welcomes new commander

    Col. Jason Kirby relinquished command of the 353rd Special Operations Group (SOG) to Col. Michael Thomas during a change of command ceremony on 3 July, 2019. Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, presided over the event held inside a hangar where the Airmen of the 353rd SOG and distinguished guests welcomed the new
  • Taking Initiative: Samira's Story

    Drunken driving and alcohol-related incidents put lives and careers at risk of a tragic end. The consequences impact not only the victim and the offender, but the mission and welfare of the community. While Okinawa’s bars and izakayas may offer some of the best food, drinks and entertainment on the island, the Kadena Shoguns take a firm stance against drunken driving.

    Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group, stationed at Kadena AB, Japan, activated the 21st Special Operations Squadron and 753rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Yokota AB, Japan, July 1, 2019. The squadrons will operate and maintain CV-22 Ospreys, AFSOC’s primary long-range mobility platform.
  • Slife takes command of AFSOC

    At a ceremony at Hurlburt Field Friday, June 28, Lt. Gen. Jim Slife took command of Air Force Special Operations Command. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, presided over the ceremony where Slife took over for Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, who will go on to serve as the commander of Air Education and Training Command in the coming weeks.
  • AFSOC honors outstanding Air Commandos

    Air Commandos gathered to honor their top performers during the Outstanding Airmen and civilians of the Year banquet June 27 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The OAY banquet is an annual celebration honoring the best Airmen and civilians in Air Force Special Operations Command. Supervisors nominated Airmen with exceptional service in their workplace and communities, who also excelled in their professional development.

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