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Lockheed MC-130H Hercules "Combat Talon II" (84-0476), 7th Special Operations Squadron (7 SOS), 352nd Special Operations Group (352 SOG), United States Air Force Special Operations Command (USAFSOC), RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom


Staff Sgt. Korey King, a 17th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster, looks out the window of an MC-130J during exercise Keen Sword 17, Nov. 7, 2016, near Okinawa, Japan. Exercises like Keen Sword 17 demonstrate the joint capabilities of the U.S and Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Stephen G. Eigel)

Dave King,of Lockheed Martin,marshals out AC-130J Ghostrider as taxis runway for 1st official sortie Jan.31 at Eglin Air Force Base,Fla.The Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130J arrived at Eglin in January 2013 to begin the modification process for the AC-130J,whose primary mission is close air support,air interdiction & armed reconnaissance.A total of 32 MC-130J prototypes will be modified as part of a $2.4 billion AC-130J program to grow the future fleet.(USAF Chrissy Cuttita)


Emerald Warrior A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft takes off at Hurlburt Field, Fla., May 3, 2014, during Emerald Warrior 14. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored two-week joint/combined tactical exercise designed to provide realistic military training in an urban setting.


MC-130J Commando II hercules - An MC-130J Commando II from the 9th Special Operations Squadron taxis for departure from the Red Horse Landing Zone in support of Emerald Warrior April 29, 2015, at Melrose Air Force Range, N.M. Emerald Warrior is the Defense Department's only irregular warfare exercise, allowing joint and combined partners to train together and prepare for real-world contingency operations.


Canadian special operations regiment members call in close-air support from their US Air Force allies during Emerald Warrior 2013 April 26, 2013, at Hurlburt Field, Fla.