Special operators have been busy at Hurlburt Field this past month, holding multiple large-scale training exercises based out of the nation’s busiest Air Force installation. The exercises included joint operations with Marine Special Operations Command and other special operations forces within the DoD.

In preparation for future deployments and operations, the training exercises were held in Florida’s panhandle, where the terrain is comparable to that of tropical deployment destinations, as the DoD shifts focus from operations in Southeast Asia to the Asian-Pacific region. View photo galleries of the operations below.

Marine Raiders train with the 160th SOAR at Hurlburt Field

Marine Raiders with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command perform helocast training with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 29, 2015. The Raiders spent a week at Hurlburt Field to perform specialized training.

Air Commandos participate in exercise Ultimate Archer

A CV-22B Osprey from Hurlburt Field departs for a flight at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Nov. 2, 2015. The exercise allowed Airmen to perform their duties in a simulated expeditionary environment outside of their home stations.

U.S. Air Force SOST trains with special operations partner during an exercise

U.S. Air Force Special Operations Surgical Teams practiced integration operations with a special operations partner force during a Special Tactics exercise, Hurlburt Field, Fla., Oct. 16, 2015. SOST members are military medical professionals selected to provide battlefield trauma and other surgical support in a special operations mission set. SOST members often forward deploy to austere or hostile areas to perform life-saving trauma surgery for special operators with little to no facility support.


Airman Kai White and Senior Airman Christopher Callaway contributed to this report.


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