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A Staff Sgt. from the 353rd Special Operations Group, organizes passengers waiting for transport before they board an aircraft at Guiuan Airport, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 17, 2013. Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen are deployed in support of Operation Damayan, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer)

A Staff Sgt. from the 353rd Special Operations Group, organizes passengers waiting for transport before they board an aircraft at Guiuan Airport, Republic of the Philippines Nov. 17, 2013. Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen are deployed in support of Operation Damayan, in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kristine Dreyer)

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United States Air Force Combat Controllers (CCT) (AFSC 1C2X1) are ground combat forces specialized in a traditional pathfinder role while having a heavy emphasis on simultaneous air traffic control, fire support and command, control, and communications in covert or austere environments. Assigned to Special Tactics Squadrons, Combat Controllers are an integral part of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the Air Force component of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)…

US Air Force Combat Controller, or CCT, atatched to a US Navy Special Operations unit is shown wearing the Navy's and a London Bridge Trading plate carrier most commonly used by the Navy's Seal and EOD units.

A Special Operations Weather Team member, measures the depth and flow rate of a river in Afghanistan. SOWTs use this data to determine whether or not a river is safe to cross on foot. (courtesy photo)

Bryce Howser, Special Operations Weather Team member, measures the depth and flow rate of a river in Afghanistan. SOWTs use this data to determine whether or not a river is safe to cross on foot.

Airman 1st Class Andrew Wiseman,loadmaster with 17th Special Operations Squadron,works with members of Armed Forces of Philippines to assist displaced people boarding MC-130P Combat Shadow Nov.14,2013 at Tacloban,Philippines.Air Force Special Operations Command deployed alongside US Marine Corps Forces Pacific & Armed Forces of Philippines in support of Operation Damayan to provide humanitarian assistance in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (USAF Tech.Sgt.Kristine Dreyer)

Airman 1st Class Andrew Wiseman,loadmaster with 17th Special Operations Squadron,works with members of Armed Forces of Philippines to assist displaced people boarding MC-130P Combat Shadow Nov.14,2013 at Tacloban,Philippines.Air Force Special Operations Command deployed alongside US Marine Corps Forces Pacific & Armed Forces of Philippines in support of Operation Damayan to provide humanitarian assistance in aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. (USAF Tech.Sgt.Kristine Dreyer)

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Smoke Angel - The cloud pictured above resulted from a series of flares released by an air force jet over the Atlantic Ocean in May. The jet that released the flares, a Globemaster III, is seen on the right.

U.S. Air Force Pararescueman Senior Airman Matthew, from the 64th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, repels from an HH-60 Pavehawk helicopter during a proficiency exercise outside of Baghdad, Iraq, April 10, 2009, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   (Photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr. : U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs)

Air Force Pararescueman from the Expeditionary Rescue Squadron outside of Baghdad Iraq April 10 2009

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Medical Element teams simulate wounded personnel recovery procedures while Soldiers from the 6th Ranger Battalion provide security during Emerald Warrior 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Rissmiller)

Air Force Special Operations Medical Element teams simulate wounded personnel recovery procedures while Soldiers from the Ranger Battalion provide security during Emerald Warrior (U. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.

Quality Assurance with 353 Special Operations Group/Government Quality Assurance Representative for Dyncorp Contract.

Quality Assurance with 353 Special Operations Group/Government Quality Assurance Representative for Dyncorp Contract.

A U.S. Air Force Special Operations pararescueman gets hoisted off a ship by a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class during Emerald Warrior 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Quinton Russ)

Air Force Special Operations pararescueman gets hoisted off a ship by U. Navy Petty Officer Class Kurt Leisenring during Emerald Warrior (U. Air Force photo by Tech.

An Air Force Special Operations Command pararescuemen looks for trapped survivors March 16, 2011, at Sendai Airport, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse)

Air Force Senior Airman Steven Nizbet looks for trapped survivors March at the Sendai Airport in Japan. Nizbet is a pararescueman from the Special Tactics Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt.

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A Special Operations Weather Team member, measures the depth and flow rate of a river in Afghanistan. SOWTs use this data to determine whether or not a river is safe to cross on foot. (courtesy photo)

Bryce Howser, Special Operations Weather Team member, measures the depth and flow rate of a river in Afghanistan. SOWTs use this data to determine whether or not a river is safe to cross on foot.

U.S. Airmen with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto an MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft Jan. 13, 2010, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Two aircraft and about 40 Airmen are departing Cannon in support of Haiti earthquake relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz)

U.S. Airmen with the 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron load cargo onto an MC-130W Combat Spear aircraft Jan. 13, 2010, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. Two aircraft and about 40 Airmen are departing Cannon in support of Haiti earthquake relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Maynelinne De La Cruz)

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