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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) Qualifications for PJs

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) has strict requirements for PJs, as pararescue personnel are known. As both trained paramedics and elite warriors, these airmen assault and secure objectives in order to save lives.

Qualifications and capabilities for these members of the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSCO) include both High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) and High Altitude High Opening (HAHO) parachute drops. PJs are also combat divers, rescue swimmers, ...

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) and Pararescue Personnel

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) includes pararescue personnel (PJs) who are trained paramedics. These airmen find, save, and rescue wounded or injured military or civilian personnel. During special operations or combat missions, these warriors also defend themselves and their patients.

Air Combat Command is responsible for pararescue as a military career. However, some paramedics join units in the Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC). The training requirements for both groups ...

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) Activates Air Warfare Center

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A recent Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) ceremony at Duke Field in Florida marked the deactivation of the Air Force Special Operations Training Center (AFSOTC) and the activation of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center (AFSOAWC).

AFSOCAWC is modeled after the Special Air Warfare Center that stood down after the Vietnam War. By integrating the capabilities of various air units under one command, Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) ...

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Sequestration and Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC)

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Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) is reducing spending in response to sequestration. This includes cuts to the AFSOC daily operating budget as well as reductions in investment accounts.

Specific money-saving measures include a temporary hiring freeze for civilian contractors, releasing temporary employees who aren’t mission critical, and freezing some travel.

Air Force Special Ops Command (AFSOC) is also reducing flying time, revisiting contracts, and postponing facilities maintenance. The U.S. Air Force (USAF) special forces ...

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Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) – SOWT Specialists

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Special operations weather team (SOWT) specialists are battlefield airmen who help other members of Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) complete their military missions.  Trained in both combat operations and survival skills, SOWTs are ready to deploy anywhere in the world on a moment’s notice.

SOWT specialists retrieve data from weather satellites and relay mission-critical information to other members of the U.S. military’s special forces. In addition to weather forecasts and current conditions, SOWT teams ...

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Benelli Super Vinci Shotgun Recoil

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Benneli shotguns are available in a wide variety of configurations. If you’re a hunter, then you’ve probably heard of the Benelli Super Vinci with its trademarked PSP or practical speed performance. Simply put, PSP let you shoulder the long gun, acquire the target, shoot, and then recover quickly from the recoil so that you can fire again.

So mow much better is the recoil on a Benelli Super Vinci? According to the company’s website, other shotguns ...

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The New Browning A-5 Shotgun

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The new Browning A-5 isn’t your grandfather’s shotgun. Not to be confused with the Browning Sweet Sixteen, this standard auto-loader has been redesigned. The new Browning shotgun features an inertia-operated, kinematic action that’s different from the traditional recoil-operated Auto-5.

Along with this inertia-operated system, the gunmaker added a double seal (DS) choke tube system with threads at the top of the tube and a brass band at the bottom. These features act as a seal, keeping ...

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Colt M4 Carbine Rifle

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The Colt M4 carbine rifle is a complete weapons system that combines target acquisition and serious firepower with lightweight mobility. As the U.S. military’s long gun of choice, the Colt M4 rifle is the only 5.56-mm carbine that meets Uncle Sam’s demanding MILSPEC standards.

Technical specifications for the Colt M4 carbine include caliber, weight, overall length, barrel length, and effective range. The rifling is 1/7 right hand (RH) and the tate of fire is an ...

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Post-Military Adventures – The Blades Aerobatic Display Team

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The Blades are a group of former Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots who fly at air shows and other public events.  As the most experienced display pilots in the United Kingdom (UK), these former RAF jet pilots and Red Arrows specialize in aerobatic flights and unforgettable flying experiences.

To achieve spectacular in-flight maneuvers, The Blade fly a low-wing, high performance aircraft called the Extra A-300. Designed and built by Walter Extra, this aerobatic airplane provides pilots with the optimum weight, structure, ...

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Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) and Operation Eagle Claw

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Operation Eagle Claw was a military operation ordered by President Jimmy Carter to rescue 52 American diplomats held hostage at the U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. Eight helicopters arrived at Desert One, the first staging area, but only five of the birds were still operational. Ultimately, the mission was aborted.

Those who remember this special forces mission of April 24 and 25, 1980 will honor the memories of our brothers-in-arms, especially those who died in the Iranian desert. The deaths of ...

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