Special Tactics Airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing conduct static line jump operations from a U.S. Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II assigned to the 15th Special Operations Squadron during Emerald Warrior, over a training range near Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 9, 2016. (Photo by Gregory Brook/U.S. Air Force)
DoD Buzz: Air Force Special Operators Stressed After 15 Years of War: Chief
After a decade and a half of war, one of the most stressed career fields in the Air Force is the battlefield airmen who make up the Air Force Special Operations Command.
“They’re getting the job done and they’re proud to do it, but there’s impact over time,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh told reporters on Wednesday. “They’ve been experiencing combat up front for quite some time now, and … you have to pay attention to that.”
Welsh, who is slated to retire on July 1 after 40 years of service, offered the observation during a wide ranging discussion with defense and military writers in Washington, D.C.
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WNU editor: 15 years of war .... and I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel in this conflict.