A U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operator stands by while his team conducts a forward arming and refueling point mission with USAFE aircraft during Operation Rapid Forge on Amari Air Base, Estonia, July 16, 2019. Special Tactics is a U.S. Special Operation Command’s tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force’s special operations ground force, leading Global Access, Precision Strike, Personnel Recovery and Battlefield Surgery operations on the battlefield. The MC-130J Commando II, and aircrew, are able to execute refueling missions in austere, sensitive or hostile territories. Operation Rapid Forge involves NATO territories in order to enhance readiness and improve interoperability between U.S. allies and partners in Europe.

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