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SGT Earl E. Griffin works on an AC-130H Hercules aircraft wing access panel. The airman is a 1ST Special Operations Wing member involved in exercise Team Spirit '81

SSGT Virgil Crosby, left, and TSGT Brent Cosens load ammunition into an AC-130H Hercules aircraft 40mm gun. The airmen are 1ST Special Operations Wing members participating in exercise Team Spirit '81

Combat Control Team member TSGT Doc Strange, from the 1ST Special Operations Wing, packs his parachute after a HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) jump

A Combat Control Team member from the 1ST Special Operations Wing, descends to the ground by HALO (High Altitude Low Opening) parachute

A Combat Control Team member from the 1ST Special Operations Wing just after landing in a high altitude low opening (HALO) parachute

Members of the security police stand at parade rest during the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

The 1ST Special Operations Wing presents a memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980. Members of the security police lower a U.S. flag to half mast to begin the ceremony

A close-up view of the memorial plaque unveiled during the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

2LT Nancy Thomas and 2LT Rudolph Maier unveil the memorial plaque during the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

Servicemen and civilians attend the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

A close-up view of COL Thomas Schaefer, who was the senior military member of the Iranian hostages, as he attends the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

2nd LT. Rudolph Maier places flowers from the Hurlburt Company Grade Officers' Council on the new memorial during the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

A close-up view of COL Thomas Schaefer, who was the senior military member of the Iranian hostages, as he attends the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

June Lawrie and Hugh Laird place flowers from the Hurlburt Memorial Fund on the new memorial during the 1ST Special Operations Wing memorial service for the eight servicemen, including its five members, who were killed in the attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran on April 24, 1980

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter taking off after sending off the last troop, as another helicopter brings more in. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing, involved in maneuver training

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter landing, as crew members stand on the skids to help the pilot in landing. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing, involved in maneuver training

One of combat control team members, armed with a GAU-5 assault rifles, maneuvers down a river by a boat during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters in flight during maneuver training. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of two UH-1N Iroquois helicopters in-flight during maneuver training. The helicopters are assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Troops get on board a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members, looking over a map, prepare for a training mission. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members rappel from a hovering Army UH-1H Iroquois helicopter during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

A right side view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter as troops debark during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members are being airlifted by a hovering Army UH-1H Iroquois helicopter during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members land by an Army UH-1H Iroquois helicopter to begin training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members, armed with GAU-5 assault rifles, maneuver down a river by an inflatable boat during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

A view of an UH-1N Iroquois helicopter in flight during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members, armed with GAU-5 assault rifles, maneuver down a river by an inflatable boat during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

Combat control team members rappel from a hovering Army UH-1H Iroquois helicopter during training. The team members are from the 1ST Special Operations Wing

Troops get on board a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

A side view of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter taking off with troops aboard during maneuver training. The helicopter is assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing

An air-to-air left side view of an HH-53 Pave Low helicopter from the 1ST Special Operations Wing (1ST SOW), being refueled by an HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) Anderson and AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Gonzales from Detachment 75, 6th Weather Squadron, Special Operations, prepare to release a weather balloon to check the winds during Exercise CABANAS '86

AIRMAN 1ST Class (A1C) Gonzales from Detachment 75, 6th Weather Squadron, Special Operations, uses a theodolite to track a weather balloon during Exercise CABANAS '86

Colonel (COL) Leonard Butler, 1ST Special Operations Wing commander, gives a welcoming speech at the arrival of a HH-53H Pave Low helicopter recently assigned to the 20th Special Operation Squadron. Originally a CH-53 model, the helicopter was brought up to the HH-53H configuration by the Naval Air Rework Facility, Pensacola, Florida, as a replacement for a 20th Special Operations Squadron HH-53H that was lost in an accident

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air top front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Air to air front view of Special Operations Wing AC-130 Hercules gunship on a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing HH-53C Super Jolly helicopter hovers over the ocean during a practice mission

An air-to-air right underside view of a 20th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing HH-53C Super Jolly helicopter

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) John W. Varner, quality assurance inspector, 1ST Special Operations Wing, replaces a broken cockpit window on a C-130E Hercules aircraft. The damage occurred when the plane encountered a hailstorm while on a routine mission from

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) John W. Varner, quality assurance inspector, 1ST Special Operations Wing, and STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Albert M. Mikolajczyk, 834th Aircraft Generation Squadron, inspect the engines of a C-130E Hercules aircraft before approving it

Technical Sergeant (TSGT) John W. Varner, quality assurance inspector, 1ST Special Operations Wing, replaces a broken cockpit window on a C-130E Hercules aircraft. The damage occurred when the plane encountered a hailstorm while on a routine mission from

Sergeant (SGT) Ron Lasky hooks up a hoist to pull a bad engine out of a Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division UH-1N Iroquois helicopter. The helicopter is being used to transport food and clothing to Ecudorians isolated by an earthquake

Ecuadorian children watch US Air Force STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Greg O'Neal sweep spilled sugar from the cargo space of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter with a broom made of bush branches. O'Neal and the helicopter are from Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division and are in Ecuador to transport food and clothing to Ecudorians isolated by an earthquake

US Air Force STAFF Sergeant (SSGT) Allhause helps unload relief supplies from a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter. Allhause and the helicopter are from Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division and are in Ecuador to provide food and clothing to Ecudorians isolated by an earthquake

Ecuadorian villagers stand in line to receive relief supplies that were delivered by a US Air Force UH-1N Iroquois helicopter and its crew. Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division is in Ecuador to transport food and clothing to Ecudorians isolated by an earthquake

Ecuadorian villagers help unload relief supplies from a US Air Force UH-1N Iroquois helicopter. Members of Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division and are in Ecuador to transport food and clothing to Ecudorians isolated by an earthquake

Ecuadorian villagers help unload relief supplies from a U.S. Air Force UH-1N Iroquois helicopter. Members of Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing, 2nd Air Division are in Ecuador to transport food and clothing to Ecuadorians isolated by an earthquake

A Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing UH-1N Iroquois helicopter flies over the countryside during a search and rescue mission

Costa Rican police and Red Cross workers wait for a Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing UH-1N Iroquois helicopter to transport them on a search and rescue mission

A Costa Rican boy tries on a flight helmet as other children study a Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing UH-1N Iroquois helicopter which is being used to transport personnel for civic action projects

A Detachment 1, 1ST Special Operations Wing UH-1N Iroquois helicopter transports medical personnel to an island during a search and rescue mission

Members of Detachment 2 (Special Operations), 1722nd Combat Control Squadron prepare for a flight during Exercise COBRA GOLD'87

A rainbow is formed as an MH-53H helicopter of the 1ST Special Operations Wing hovers over the water and creates a spray during salt water corrosion testing conducted by the Special Missions Operation and Test Evaluation Center (SMOTEC). The MH-53H is being flown at various altitudes to determine the effects of salt water on the helicopter's engine and titanium blades

An MH-53H helicopter of the 1ST Special Operations Wing hovers over the water during salt water corrosion testing conducted by the Special Missions Operation and Test Evaluation Center (SMOTEC). The MH-53H is being flown at various altitudes to determine the effects of salt water on the helicopter's engine and titanium blades

An MH-53H helicopter of the 1ST Special Operations Wing hovers over the water during salt corrosion testing conducted by the Special Missions Operation and Test Evaluation Center (SMOTEC). The MH-53H is being flown at various altitudes to determine the effects of salt water on the helicopter's engine and titanium blades

A member of the 1ST Special Operations Wing determines the location of an objective in a map book during exercise Volant Shield. The exercise's scenario involves the defense of a dirt landing strip by contingency support forces of the Military Airlift Com

A forklift loads supplies into a C-141B Starlifter aircraft that is supporting the 1ST Special Operations Wing in Jaquar Bite '89, a joint Army-Air Force exercise conducted by the U.S. Special Operations Command

SGT Rodney Rivers, 1ST Special Operations Wing, installs an antenna on the roof of the Hilton Hotel for radio communications between the embassy control center, located at the hotel, and Bole Airport. The communications equipment is needed for search and rescue units taking part in a mission to locate Texas Rep. George T. (Mickey) Leland and members of his delegation. A search was initiated after the plane transporting Leland and 15 other people was reported missing en route to a refugee camp near the Sudanese border

Portrait of DoD Mr. James T. Locher III, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (LIC), (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Russell F. Roederer) (Released) (PC-191569A)

Portrait of DoD Mr. James T. Locher III(Uncovered)Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (LIC)U.S. Army PHOTO by Mr. Russell F. Roederer, CIV

Portrait of DoD Mr. James T. Locher III, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict (LIC), (U.S. Army photo by Mr. Russell F. Roederer) (Released) (PC-191569B)

LCOL Michael Guidry of the 16th Special Operations Squadron (16th SOS) stands in front of one of his squadron's AC-130H Hercules aircraft. The 16th SOS is part of the 1ST Special Operations Wing, which is based at Hurlburt Field, Florida

A view of the artwork on an AC-130H Hercules aircraft of the 16th Special Operations Squadron, 1ST Special Operations Wing, which is based at Hurlburt Field, Florida

SSGT Bobby Daniels, right, prepares to load a clip of ammunition into a 40mm cannon aboard a 16th Special Operations Squadron (16th SOS) AC-130H Hercules aircraft. The 16th SOS is part of the 1ST Special Operations Wing, which is based at Hurlburt Field, Florida

A member of the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit works on a 1ST Special Operations Wing MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter that is being prepared for shipment to the Persian Gulf region to support Operation Desert Shield

SGT. David Henson of the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit takes a break atop a 1ST Special Operations Wing MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter that is being prepared for shipment to the Persian Gulf region to support Operation Desert Shield

A member of the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit works on a 1ST Special Operations Wing MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter that will be transported to the Persian Gulf region to support Operation Desert Shield

A member of the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Unit helps ready a 1ST Special Operations Wing MH-53J Pave Low III helicopter for transport to the Persian Gulf region to support Operation Desert Shield

A 353rd Special Operations Wing HC-130H Hercules aircraft taxis on the runway at Chittagong Air Base after arriving to take part in Operation Sea Angel, A U.S. military effort to provide disaster relief to victims of a cyclone which devastated Bangladesh on April 30th.

An AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) comes ashore during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

A member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) looks out from the open batch of an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

A member of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) looks out from the hatch of an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle as he takes part in maneuvers during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicles of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) move out across the desert during Exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) cross the desert in an AAVP-7A1 amphibious assault vehicle during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) charge across the desert during exercise Eager Mace 92-1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined servcice exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron prepare a 1ST Special Operations Wing MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft for a Fulton recovery mission during the joint service Exercise Ocean Venture '92

Members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron prepare a 1ST Special Operations Wing MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft for a Fulton recovery mission during the joint service exercise Ocean Venuture '92

A member of the 8th Special Operations Squadron participates in a night Fulton recovery mission aboard a 1ST Special Operations Wing MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during the joint service exercise Ocean Venuture '92

Members of the 1ST Special Operations Wing perform daily mission planning in the Air Force Special Operations Command, Atlantic mission control center during the joint service Exercise Ocean Venture '92

An MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft from the 1ST Special Operations Wing is prepared for a Fulton recovery mission during the joint service Exercise Ocean Venture '92

Members of the 8th Special Operations Squadron participate in a night Fulton recovery mission aboard a 1ST Special Operations Wing MC-130E Hercules Combat Talon aircraft during the joint service exercise Ocean Venuture '92

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, shakes hands with Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), after he presented her with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, presents the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service to Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

The Honorable James R. Locher, III (left), Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, poses with Mrs. Janice S. Ervin (right), for an official photograph after he presented her with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service at an official ceremony in the Pentagon on Feb. 1, 1993. OSD Package No. A07D-00119 (DOD PHOTO by Helene C. Stikkel) (Released)

Members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) charge out of an AAVP-7A1, the first major U.S./Kuwaiti combined service exercise since the end of Operation Desert Storm

Timothy G. Connolly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict

Portrait of DoD Mr. Timothy G. Conolly, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, (U.S Army photo by Mr. James E. Jackson) (Released) (PC-192171)

Portrait of DoD Mr. Timothy Morgan, Diretor, Budget and Execution, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict). (U.S. Army PHOTO by Mr. Scott Davis) (Released) (PC-192233)

Two U.S. Air Force MH-53J combat search and rescue helicopters from the 20th Special Operations based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. are spotted on elevator #2 on board the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) during the joint special operations Fleet Exercise 2-94

United States Air Force Combat Controllers deployed from the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, compete against other combat control teams in the grueling obstacle course during the annual mobility competition, RODEO '94 held at McChord Air Force Base, Washington

A 1ST Special Operations Wing MC-130 Hercules aircraft equipped with a Fulton surface-to-air retrieval (STAR) yoke on the nose is serviced on the flight line

A sniper from the 16th Special Operations Wing (SOW) Security Police Squadron observes a mock terrorist during the 16th SOW Operational Readiness Inspection at Hurlburt Field, Florida

US Air Force Airmen from the 16th Security Police Squadron (SPS) at Hurlburt Field, FL, take part in the16th Special Operations Wing Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), responding to a mock terrorist hostage situation. The Policemen ware protective body armor and are armed with 9mm M9 Beretta pistols and one carries the 5.56mm colt M4 carbine rifle