Portfolio Category: ACJ

ACJ Vol 9/2

Read PDF On the night of 21 November 1970, a little after 2 a.m., 15 aircraft, led by 7th SOS MC-130E Combat Talons, converged on the Son Tay prison located 23 miles west of Hanoi. They were supported by another 100 Air Force and Navy aircraft fulfilling various roles in Operation KINGPIN, the mission to…
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ACJ Vol 9/1 CV-22

Read PDF I write this CV-22 Osprey introduction on the 24th of April 2020, 40 years after Operation EAGLE CLAW, the attempt to rescue 52 hostages held by the Iranians in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. It is appropriate to remember those courageous special operators who risked all in this attempt. But all was not…
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ACJ Vol 8/3 2019 Hall of Fame

Read PDF "The idea for an Air Commando Hall of Fame pre-dates the formation of our Air Commando Association. In January 1968, “Heinie” Aderholt, then my Deputy Commander for Operations at the USAF Special Air Warfare Center (SAWC), proposed the idea in order to recognize outstanding Air Commandos past, present, and future. Well, as Jim…
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ACJ Vol 8/2 ACA 50th Anniversary

Read PDF "Congratulations and thank you, ACA, for 50 years of stellar support to Air Commandos past, present, and future. What follows in the pages of this edition of the ACA journal will most certainly celebrate our past and simultaneously pave the path for Air Commandos to follow. For, while we stand on the shoulders…
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ACJ Vol 8/1 ISR

Read PDF "Air Force Special Operations Forces have a long history of conducting ISR missions. From armed reconnaissance on the Ho Chi Minh trail using AC-130s in Vietnam, to today’s hunting, tracking, and killing violent extremists using a multitude of unconventional fixed wing and remotely piloted aircraft, ISR has been an essential, but largely unknown,…
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ACJ Vol 7/3 2018 Hall of Fame

Read PDF "Without much hesitation, ACA decided to celebrate Chapman’s induction separately and induct the other five selectees at another time. After all, it’s hard to compete with a Medal of Honor recipient. So, in conjunction with AFSOC’s local celebration of MSgt (posthumously promoted) John Chapman, the ACA hosted a special HoF Induction Banquet on…
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ACJ Vol 7/2 Women In The Fight

Read PDF "Nevertheless, in spite of two-plus decades of women serving as Air Commandos, I still run into people who don’t realize or believe women serve in special operations. There are those who, despite our successes—including being awarded Distinguished Flying Crosses, hundreds of Air Medals, and dozens of Air Force Combat Action Medals— still doubt…
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ACJ Vol 7/1 Mayaguez Incident

Read PDF "It has been over four decades since a little-known battle occurred in the Gulf of Thailand, in the shadow of America’s most unpopular war--Vietnam. In May 1975, Cambodian Khmer Rouge gunboats seized the US container ship, SS Mayaguez, in international waters. President Ford made the decision to mount a joint military operation to…
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ACJ Vol 6/3 2017 Hall of Fame

Read PDF "After serving 10 years on the Hall of Fame (HoF) Committee I decided to resign last year. I had served long enough and wanted to give someone else the opportunity. ACA President Dennis Barnett asked me to write the foreword for this edition of the Journal and to talk about my experience serving…
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ACJ Vol 6/2 Allied Force

Read PDF "The spring of 1999 saw multiple AFSOC units come together once again in support of a major combat operation - Operation ALLIED FORCE (OAF) - the air war over Kosovo. After deploying to points short of Italy in late February, but recalled after the diplomats thought they had resolved the situation in the…
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