In the last run down the AFSOC rabbit hole, we covered Battlefield Airmen. In that, we spelled out which jobs in the Air Force could get you pie hole deep in modern kinetic warfare down a live two-way range [on the ground]. I would like to remind you that I only scratched the surface on those AFSCs. I didn’t even scratch the surface on the kind of shit those guys go through to even get a chance to get out and about and go through even more shit (down that two-way range).
I would also like to remind you that SOFREP is *the* resource for this stuff. The Internet itself has oceans of info…but where else are you gonna get to ask your questions directly to the dudes I’m talking about here? Not to mention, many other Internet sources tend to have conflicting details/opinions, or are not exactly forthcoming with specific details.
For example, if you Google Air Force PAST (the PT test you gotta take to even qualify to even volunteer for the selection processes for these USAF jobs) you’ll get a half-dozen disjointed, diluted, and/or dated details…even from “official” community sites.
So, the correct answer to my rhetorical question up there about where you’re gonna get this type of bona fide info is: Nowhere but here [for the general reader].
Section I, here, will cover units that are comprised of the aforementioned personnel that fall under the Air National Guard (ANG). Section II, below, will cover the AFRC (Reserve) units.
Section I – Air National Guard
- 123d Special Tactics Squadron (STS), Kentucky Air National Guard. Louisville, KY. (All Special Tactics AFSCs.)
- 125th STS, Oregon ANG. Portland, OR. (All Special Tactics AFSCs.)
- 107th Weather Flight, Michigan ANG. Selfridge, MI. (SOWTs)
- 146th Weather Flight, Pennsylvania ANG. Pittsburg, PA. (SOWTs)
- 181st Weather Flight, Texas ANG. Fort Worth, TX. (SOWTs)
- ***I have not included those other Battlefield Airmen-focused units that do not fall under AFSOC. Nor have I included AFSOC units that are not comprised of Battlefield Airmen.*** (Those will be included in a separate entry.)
Section II – Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC)
This gets a little weird. The AFRC doesn’t have Special Tactics *units.* But they do have Special Tactics and Battlefield Airmen *personnel.* Lemme ‘splain.
The AFRC has what are called IAs, or Individual Augmentees. These are qualified individuals who attach out to whatever unit or mission as an augmentee, which is why that’s what it’s called.
In this function, qualified active duty bubbas can hit up a Reserve position upon leaving active service. But instead of chillin’ in a unit of dudes that do that mission, they kinda loiter in a holding pattern and get farmed out on an as-needed basis…anytime, anywhere. They are still required to maintain the exact same level of readiness as their active counterparts–as is true for *all* RC SOF–but instead of doing drill weekend stuff, they’ll peel out of their regular RC command and prosecute actual missions or maintain all those quals. This process almost unanimously gives them a shit load more reserve time than their mandatory “one weekend a month, two weeks in the summer.”
The next entry in this series will cover those units that either have Battlefield Airmen but don’t fall under AFSOC, or fall under AFSOC but don’t have Battlefield Airmen. Hopefully you are keeping in mind through this monologue that the point here is to clue you (the reader) into the MASSIVE role and level of responsibility the Reserve Component brings to America’s defensive and offensive posture globally. (In this sub-series, specifically Air RC SOF.)
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