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Air Force combat controllers and pararescue jumpers are trained to the same technical and physical standards as other special operators such as Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs.

However, combat controllers and PJs also receive extensive training in the form of air traffic control and combat medicine, respectively, so they can control crowded airspace, call in airstrikes, or, in the case of PJs, evacuate wounded friendly troops from deep behind enemy lines.

For the newly-minted Air Force Special Tactics Officer, the scarlet beret she wore for the first time last week was a while in the making.

The anonymous letter kicked off a firestorm of controversy in the Air Force special warfare community , especially when Air Force Times reported that the trainee herself protested the training standards being lowered for her.

Air Force Special Tactics operators spread out on a berm to provide security at the landing zone and observe their target during operability training with 14th Weapons Squadron air assets at Eglin Range, Florida, April 22, Air Force This is not the first time the military has been accused of lowering the standards for female service members attempting elite qualifications.

In , then-Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma asked the Army to reveal the training documents for the first female Ranger School graduates. The Inspector General found that leaders did not specifically lower qualification standards to benefit the female trainee, Air Force Times reported. However, she restarted training multiple times since due to loopholes or favorable interpretation of the rules, which can also happen with male candidates, Air Force Times wrote.

The investigation revealed some interesting nuances about how quitting is handled in the special tactics training pipeline. Cultural norms change over time, the investigation found. Now things are different. The cadre then asked the candidate if she was quitting, to which she said no, and soon after reentered the pool. The female candidate had also quit during a solo land navigation course on her first time attempting the pipeline in , but she was allowed to try again this year, Air Force Times reported.

SWTW unifies resources, training, and advocacy to build Special Warfare Airmen for the future battlefield by focusing on the human weapon system. Andrew C. Air Force Maj. These include contributing to the preservation of territorial integrity, making a demonstration of force, peace support operations, disaster relief, protecting critical infrastructure and security operations.

Initial-entry operations are conducted jointly as part of a larger force to facilitate the arrival of follow-on troops. Elements of the NRF helped protect the Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, and were deployed to support the Afghan presidential elections in September of the same year.

The NRF has also been used in disaster relief. From October to February , elements of the NRF were used in the disaster relief effort in Pakistan, following the devastating 8 October earthquake. Aircraft from the NRF were used in an air bridge that delivered almost 3, tons of urgently needed supplies to Pakistan, while engineers and medical personnel from the NRF were deployed to the country to assist in the relief effort. This response included the establishment of Task Force Noble, a task force coordinating hundreds of NRF troops from 20 Allied countries.

These troops are supporting the evacuation in locations across Europe, including with transportation aircraft, construction equipment, ambulances, medical teams, civil affairs teams and security personnel. The challenging location was specifically designed to demonstrate and prove the viability of the NRF concept. The way that the NRF is generated and composed has been adjusted twice, in and This was to provide a more flexible approach to force generation, thereby facilitating force contributions, which were being hampered by the enduring high operational tempo arising from Afghanistan, Iraq and other missions.

To further support force generation, Allies have set themselves voluntary national targets for force contributions. In addition, a broader and more demanding exercise programme started in , with the NRF as a key element in the exercises. Allies also approved a new advance planning tool — Graduated Response Plans — enabling executable operations plans to be generated exceptionally quickly, commensurate with the readiness requirements of the forces. Ministers also agreed on the establishment of a new standing joint logistics support group headquarters within the NATO Command Structure.

This IOC is centred on enhancing the situational awareness of the NATO Response Force through heightened proficiency in collecting, processing and exchanging intelligence.

The exercise involved around 51, personnel from member and partner countries, including six army brigades and Marine ground forces supported by air, maritime and Special Operations Forces units.