The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) recently completed a successful training exercise in the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness.

Arctic Edge 24 (AE24), a joint operation led by US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), pushed Air Commandos and their international partners to their limits from February 23 to March 11, 2024.

Their mission? Prove the Air Force motto “Any place, any time, anywhere” holds true, even in the face of brutal cold.

The exercise focused on honing special operations capabilities in extreme cold and high-latitude environments and building strong relationships with partner nations.

AE24: Testing the Limits of Aircraft and Aircrews

The 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW) played a critical role in AE24.

They deployed two MC-130J Commando II aircraft and two U-28A Draco aircraft to Alaska.

An MC-130J Commando II (Image source: DVIDS)

Air Commandos provided crucial weather support and communication expertise to the Special Operations Task Group (SOTG).

Captain Jake Billington, in charge of the operation, put it perfectly: “The 27 SOW is putting that to the test in Alaska, where the extreme cold provides new challenges and fantastic training to keep our force ready for worldwide projection.