Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) and Operation Eagle Claw

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Operation Eagle Claw

Operation Eagle Claw

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 these air commandos was not in vain, as Operation Eagle Claw led to the reorganization of U.S. Special Operations Forces, of which Air Force Special Ops (AFSOC) is a proud part.

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