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  • DougC

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    Grand Thumb takes down the bad guys in this virtual training event. I am sure the pucker factor is up a notch or two even without any live rounds fired.

    Who do you think would benefit best from this training any and all or just those most likely to encounter the threat?

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    Darkpriest667

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    Grand Thumb takes down the bad guys in this virtual training event. I am sure the pucker factor is up a notch or two even without any live rounds fired.

    Who do you think would benefit best from this training any and all or just those most likely to encounter the threat?



    He's also an Ex tier 1 operator. A little bit above your average shooter.
     

    toddnjoyce

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    He's also an Ex tier 1 operator. A little bit above your average shooter.

    No, he’s not. He’s a prior-E SERE instructor and currently a TACP officer (my old career field).

    I’ve done the FATS stuff before and it’s okay, most of the scenarios are ROE/RUF shoot/don’t shoot scenarios, not tailored towards self-D/defense of others scenarios. Force on force simunition scenarios are much more realistic, force on force MILES laser tag is somewhere in between.
     

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    No, he’s not. He’s a prior-E SERE instructor and currently a TACP officer (my old career field).

    I’ve done the FATS stuff before and it’s okay, most of the scenarios are ROE/RUF shoot/don’t shoot scenarios, not tailored towards self-D/defense of others scenarios. Force on force simunition scenarios are much more realistic, force on force MILES laser tag is somewhere in between.

    TACP is a tier 1 special forces job with the 24th STS?
     

    popsgarland

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    The US Air Force has no “tiered” special operations units, acknowledged or otherwise and despite what wikipedia says. The 724 STG, which 24STS is organized under, is a JSOC gained organization.

    Mike’s presence is too public for him to be selected.

    My SIL was sniper in the Air Force, so they do have some units that they don't talk about.
     

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    I guess I misunderstood your statement.
    I read it as the Air Force doesn't do anything but fly.
    I was just stating that they have other units within that
    does more than fly.

    No; I spent the majority of my AF career in very Army looking squadrons doing very Army things. I’m intimately familiar with the Air Force’s ground combat and special operations capabilities.

    If I was guessing and purely on statistics, your son-in-law was Security Forces; they have the preponderance of designated marksmen, the only dedicated precision engagement mission, and the most Ranger-qualified airmen. Going further, he was likely with 820th SFG (more recently, BDG) or CRG. There are some other options, but incredibly small in number compared to SecFo.
     

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    It's been so long ago that this happened and I think it was in Afghanistan
    where our embassy was bombed. SIL was there, went in several times and pulled/carried some of the injured people out of the highly damaged building. He did this with quite a lot of shrapnel in him, which he still has some in
    his back. For his saving several people he received the Silver Star With V. and you are probably right about his unit being the SecFo.

    I have read his citation and it's very impressive.
     

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    The US Air Force has no “tiered” special operations units, acknowledged or otherwise and despite what wikipedia says. The 724 STG, which 24STS is organized under, is a JSOC gained organization.

    Mike’s presence is too public for him to be selected.


    I thought he's retired from the Air Force at this point, is he still in? I thought he's been out for a while doing the civilian thing.
     

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    I thought he's retired from the Air Force at this point, is he still in? I thought he's been out for a while doing the civilian thing.

    That would be…different timing. Usually prior-E’s do at least 10 years commissioned service prior to retiring so they can retire at their O-whatever rank/paygrade. He’s about halfway through that time by now, based on the post below.

    5 ASOS is the TACP unit out of Lewis, aligned to 2ID. I’ll ask my wife to look him up on the GAL later today (she’s a DAF civilian) and see what’s there.
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