Air Force Special Operations Command deployed AC-130U gunships to South Korea for the first time in more than a decade to participate in live-fire close air support training with South Korean special operations forces. During Exercise Teak Knife, the South Korean special operators directed the two gunships as well as F-16s and A-10s from the 51st Fighter Wing at Osan Air Base against targets on the Pilsung Range complex. Additionally, members of Osan’s 51st Security Forces Squadron trained to direct air strikes in defense of Osan, should the base ever come under attack, according to Osan’s Sept. 20 release. Along with the gunships, some 100 US special operators and support personnel deployed for the exercise, which ran from Sept. 2 to Sept. 14. (Osan report by Capt. Cody Chiles)
In his final keynote address before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force, Roger A. Towberman reflected on the progress of the Space Force and the growth still ahead at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 12, 2023. Watch the video or read the transcript.