by Tech. Sgt. Stacia Zachary
352nd Special Operations Group Public Affairs
8/14/2014 - RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Airmen
and family members new to special operations got an in-depth look into
being part of the 352nd Special Operations Group and the "tip of the
spear" Aug. 7, 2014, at RAF Mildenhall, England.
"We look a lot like Big Blue most days. But when the nation comes
calling, we tend to move fast," said Col. William Holt, Joint Special
Operations Air Component - Europe commander. "Our equipment is a little
different - no one else is flying a CV-22 or the unmanned (intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance) crafts quite the way we do. Those
platforms are part of what make us unique; our mentality does, too. The
(special operations forces) mentality doesn't say no. If it's humanly
possible to say yes, we do. Even if the cost is great in either risk or
otherwise, we find a way to say yes. That's what we're going to ask of
Each year, new additions to the 352nd SOG family are invited to an
Introduction to Special Operations Group day where they have an
opportunity to see what goes on daily as well as an introduction on how
special operations began and how it's grown over the years with emerging
technology and mission sets.
"Essentially, (ISOG) is training for those new to the 352nd SOG − both
active duty and spouses," said Master Sgt. Raymond Beasley, ISOG
coordinator and 67th Special Operations Squadron member. "We get reps
from all the SOG players and give a briefing as to how we came to be,
how we all fit together and what our mission(s) are."
Individual units that comprise special operations briefed more than 100
people in Hangar 539. The units included: 352nd SOG, 321st Special
Tactics Squadron, 7th Special Operations Squadron, 67th Special
Operations Squadron, 352nd Special Operations Maintenance, 352nd Special
Operations Support Squadron, JSOAC-E and 25th Intelligence Squadron
Chaplain (Capt.) James Pitts, 352nd SOG chaplain from the Preservation
of the Force and Family program, also briefed attendees about the
different specialties the people of POTFF offer ranging from a clinical
social worker to a psychologist. The POTFF program is designed to
mitigate and minimize the physical and emotional effects of a
decade-long war in which SOF personnel experienced continuous high
operational tempo, according to U.S. Special Operations Command.
To round out the day, those in attendance had the opportunity see the
MC-130J Commando II, the MC-130H Combat Talon II and the CV-22B Osprey
as well as members and equipment from the 321st STS.
"I got to learn exactly what my husband does and in great detail," said.
Staff Sgt. Tandalaya Hunter, 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron. "I
didn't really know what special operations was before today. Now, I have
a better understanding of what my husband does and how important his
With the constant high mission tempo that exists within the special
operations world, it's important that everyone - from active-duty
military and civilians to their family members - understand their role
in making the mission run successfully.
"Special operations is a small team; it's a family," said Lt. Col. John
Peak, 67th SOS commander. "It's a lifestyle that takes commitment, so be
ready. Be proud of what you do."