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Air Force Spec OPS

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Chris Rabenold

on 8 April 2015

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AIR FORCE
SPECIAL OPERATIONS
SOME BECOME HEROES BY CHANCE...
OTHERS MAKE IT A PROFESSION
PARARESCUE(PJ)
COMBAT CONTROLLER(CCT)
Picture yourself bunkered down outside enemy lines. You’re all alone but fully armed and equipped as a one-man air traffic controller. On the other end of your radio is the U.S. Air Force patiently waiting for you to give the green light. That’s a Combat Control (CCT) specialist. They operate in remote and sometimes hostile areas to help the Air Force accomplish missions by directing air traffic, alerting pilots and command of the location of hostile forces on the ground. To do what they do takes not only advanced training and intelligence but also a daring sense of adventure.
EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE DISPOSAL(EOD)
The best way to deal with an improvised explosive device or an unexploded piece of ordnance is to blow it up in a controlled fashion on our terms. As an Explosive Ordnance Disposal specialist, that's just what you'll do. You'll employ tools like C4 and robots as well as classified techniques to dispose of explosives whether they be decommissioned missiles on base or roadside bombs in the field. This is a dangerous job that requires a great deal of knowledge and exacting attention to detail, but it's also an incredibly important job that only the best of the best can accomplish.
SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESIST AND ESCAPE(SERE)
Every single member of an aircrew in every military branch must be able to survive on their own in any environment under any conditions should their aircraft go down. Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialists teach them everything they need to know to do just that. From how to build shelters and procure water to land navigation and evasion techniques, the skills you teach could be the difference in a crew member getting home safely.


AIR FORCE
SPECIAL OPERATIONS

SPECIAL OPERATIONS
WEATHER TEAM(SOWT)

Trained in advanced weaponry, static-line and free fall parachuting, combat diving, helicopter employment and battlefield paramedics
Apply advanced medical, combat and survival skills to aid and rescue others
Provide special operations rescue capability to commanders
Manage incident sites, triage and treat medical emergencies in the field
When any American or coalition personnel needs help, Pararescuemen (PJs) stand ready to answer the call. These courageous Airmen are the Department of Defense’s personnel recovery specialists, trained in emergency medicine and combat tactics to execute the most extreme rescue missions across the globe. Steadfast in the face of danger, they are skilled parachutists, scuba divers, rock climbers and are even arctic-trained to allow access to any environment. To be on call 24 hours a day, the life of a PJ is not just a career—it's a higher calling.
Ensure specific ordnance or bombs are delivered on target
Brief attack pilots in target areas to ensure they are aware of the target and friendly positions and other pertinent information
Learn the systems and procedures necessary to provide the U.S. Army and allied forces with tactical air support
Operate advanced technology, including communications, computers, digital networks, targeting and surveillance equipment and various tactical vehicles
Develop combat-related skills such as map reading; compass usage; enemy target location; survival, escape and evasion techniques; camouflage techniques; and hostile environment operations and master a variety of weapons
A Special Operations Weather Team (SOWT) specialist is a battlefield Airman who works with a special operations team to provide them with current weather forecasts to complete their missions. These highly trained meteorologists use high-tech atmospheric instruments to receive data from radar and weather satellites. But just because they use satellites doesn’t mean they’re away from the fight. A SOWT specialist is trained in combat and survival skills to be deployed around the world in a variety of climatic conditions. No matter what the forecast calls for, a SOWT specialist will have his team prepared for any mission.
Plan, supervise, give instructions and perform evaluations on special operations weather teams
Have in-depth understanding of the Earth’s atmosphere and how to predict changes using satellite, radar and computer models
Collect weather data, observe meteorological conditions and integrate into military making decisions
Interpret weather satellite imagery, climatology reports and computerized weather prediction
Function under the most demanding weather conditions
Conduct operations around the world preparing aircrew and high-risk-of-isolation personnel to return with honor from any type of survival situation
Train in all major climatic conditions: arctic, desert, tropical, ocean and temperate
Complete intense training in the following areas: wilderness living, shelter construction, fire building, map and compass navigation, backpacking, food and water procurement, wilderness medicine and first aid, signaling and rescue techniques, escape and evasion, conduct after capture and techniques for instructing all of these skills
Handle live explosives on a daily basis
Detect, identify, render safe, recover and dispose of explosives and ordnance that are unsafe, including conventional military ordnance, criminal and terrorist homemade items and chemical, biological and nuclear weapons
Work on the flight line during aircraft emergencies, on bombing ranges during range clearances, in munitions storage areas, in accident areas and in any other area or climate where an explosive hazard exists
Maintain equipment, technical data and vehicles
Analyze unknown munitions and explosives for exploitation and use by the intelligence agencies
Provide protection to the president, vice president and other dignitaries in support of the United States Secret Service
PHYSICAL ABILITIES AND STAMINA TEST(PAST)
TSgt Chris Rabenold
christopher.rabenold@us.af.mil
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL HERO?
To find out if you qualify and to discuss your options with the Air Force, contact TSgt Chris Rabenold: 206-379-3263 or email at: christopher.rabenold@us.af.mil
POTENTIAL BONUS OPPORTUNITIES
(All bonuses are subject to change at any time)
Tactical Air Control Party(TACP)
What’s better than calling an air strike on the right target at just the right time? Nothing. Precision is everything on the battlefield. And Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) specialists are just the right people for the job. While on the front line, TACPs advise U.S. and allied ground forces to bring staggering amounts of firepower to the battlefield in the form of artillery and air strikes. But with great privilege comes great responsibility and training. TACPs have to operate under any environmental condition alongside some of the military’s most elite special operations teams.

Career Tasks
•Ensure specific ordnance or bombs are delivered on target
•Brief attack pilots in target areas to ensure they are aware of the target and friendly positions and other pertinent information
•Learn the systems and procedures necessary to provide the U.S. Army and allied forces with tactical air support
•Operate advanced technology, including communications, computers, digital networks, targeting and surveillance equipment and various tactical vehicles
•Develop combat-related skills such as map reading; compass usage; enemy target location; survival, escape and evasion techniques; camouflage techniques; and hostile environment operations and master a variety of weapons
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