U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command: Ready. Relevant. Resilient.Tony wyaad November 24, 2019 17 Comments
“Anyplace, Anytime, Anywhere.” That’s not a
threat. It’s a promise to our country. This original motto took shape as part
of the First Air Commando Group in World War Two and grew with the Chindits in
Burma, the carpetbaggers in Europe, Jungle Jim in Vietnam, and the hard lessons of
Iran. AFSOC isn’t the movies. It’s real. We’re small in number because not many
people are cut out for this. In our business, quality is always better
than quantity. Air Commandos: they like to call us elite, but if you ever hear
anybody in AFSOC say they’re better than anyone else, do us a favor and talk
some sense into ’em. AFSOC is an Air Force inside the Air Force. We’re not
better. We’ve just received special training.
We’re different. We will go wherever the mission demands. We will do whatever our
country requires at a moment’s notice. We were never exactly the kind of kids
who colored inside the lines, but we are exceptional at carrying out orders. We
think outside the box, and if there’s no box we make one, and then we think
outside of it. We turn highways into runways. We can turn a shack into a
hospital and perform surgery in the dark. And we’ll turn a card table into an
Airfield Command Center. We get the job done.
We fly some of the most unique and specialized aircraft the world has ever
known, and we bring them back scorched, torn up and shot all to hell, and it is
precisely at those moments when you know that every second that plane is on the
ground American lives are hanging in the balance.
That backyard maintenance tips the scales. We all take shortcuts. There is a way. We
find it. Seconds matter. Ready today. Relevant tomorrow. Resilient always. Those
aren’t just words that sound good in a speech. We improvise. We make do. We figure
it out. We innovate. 90% of this job is mental. That’s the truth.
We don’t make noise, and we don’t ever like to talk about ourselves. We are a
close-knit family of exceptionally well-trained Airmen who take care of our own
and let our actions do the talking to the rest of the world. There’s a quote on
a wall at a training squadron at Hurlburt, with all their fallen enlisted nearby. It
says, “‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me. Anyplace,
anytime, anywhere.'” Aim high, Airman.