USAF Special Tactics Squadron (STS)
Operating with Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces and Rangers, Special Tactics personnel are specially trained to seize enemy airfields and recover distressed personnel in hostile territory.
The Air Force's Special Tactics teams consist of airmen from three different career fields: Combat Controllers, Pararescuemen, and Special Operations Weathermen. Each of these special operations career fields requires specialized intensive training. Click on the following links to get the details the training for each of these elite career fields.Special Tactics is the U.S. Air Force's Special Operations ground combat force that executes a myriad of Special Operations missions to enhance air operations deep in enemy territory.
Operating with Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, and Rangers, Special Tactics personnel are specially trained to seize enemy airfields and recover distressed personnel in hostile territory.
As a member of a Special Tactics team, getting to work can be an adventure. For example on any given day you may freefall from a high altitude, then maneuver your parachute to land behind enemy lines in time to save injured personnel; use inflatable boats and scuba gear to sneak in from the sea to guide in military aircraft; or use cross-country skis and rock climbing gear to traverse steep alpine passes to direct a precision bomber attack. This is just all in a day's work for the men of the Air Force Special Tactics Group.