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Exercise Gryphon Thunder Showcases ACE Across the Pacific

A team of Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen board an MC-130J Air Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing

Air Force Tactical Air Control Party specialists from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, Marines with the 3rd Radio Battalion, and Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division worked together to execute two rounds of military free fall and static line jumps out of an MC-130J Air Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing in a joint-training exercise over Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, on Sep 2, 2021. Integration with joint special operations forces and conventional partner units ensures 353 SOW offers top-tier readiness not only wherever they are in the Pacific, but also whoever they’re working with.

353 Aerial Delivery Support Branch Airmen gathers environmental data before an incoming equipment drop

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

Equipment tied to parachutes drops over Kanes DZ, Hawaii

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was guardedly launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

353 Aerial Delivery Support Branch Airmen gathers environmental data before an incoming equipment drop

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

Fully-vaccinated members from 353rd Special Operations Wing deployed from Okinawa, Japan to Hawaii, where they practiced establishing refueling capabilities, maintenance operations, and personnel/equipment drops alongside conventional Air Force partners and joint military partners in the Army, Marines, and Navy. Notably, Air Commandos with the 353rd completed the first-ever refueling and simultaneous rearming of an F-22 Raptor assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard from an MC-130J Air Commando II in the pacific. This exercise demonstrates how exactly the 353 SOW extends U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces anywhere and to anyone across the Indo-Pacific. 

Exercise Gryphon Thunder Showcases ACE Across the Pacific

A team of Marines, Soldiers, and Airmen board an MC-130J Air Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing

Air Force Tactical Air Control Party specialists from the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron, Marines with the 3rd Radio Battalion, and Soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division worked together to execute two rounds of military free fall and static line jumps out of an MC-130J Air Commando II assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Wing in a joint-training exercise over Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, on Sep 2, 2021. Integration with joint special operations forces and conventional partner units ensures 353 SOW offers top-tier readiness not only wherever they are in the Pacific, but also whoever they’re working with.

353 Aerial Delivery Support Branch Airmen gathers environmental data before an incoming equipment drop

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

Equipment tied to parachutes drops over Kanes DZ, Hawaii

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was guardedly launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

353 Aerial Delivery Support Branch Airmen gathers environmental data before an incoming equipment drop

Members of the 353rd Special Operations Wing completed an equipment drop on Sep 7, 2021 over Kanes Drop Zone in Hawaii. The equipment was launched from an MC-130J Commando II and later retrieved by the 647th Logistics Readiness Squadron in coordination with the 15th Operations Support Squadron and 535th Airlift Squadron.

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --

Fully-vaccinated members from 353rd Special Operations Wing deployed from Okinawa, Japan to Hawaii, where they practiced establishing refueling capabilities, maintenance operations, and personnel/equipment drops alongside conventional Air Force partners and joint military partners in the Army, Marines, and Navy. Notably, Air Commandos with the 353rd completed the first-ever refueling and simultaneous rearming of an F-22 Raptor assigned to the Hawaii Air National Guard from an MC-130J Air Commando II in the pacific. This exercise demonstrates how exactly the 353 SOW extends U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces anywhere and to anyone across the Indo-Pacific.