Deadly Blue: Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

Deadly Blue: Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

Deadly Blue: Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

Deadly Blue: Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command


The story of any military operation revolves not just around strategies and equipment, but around people. Now for the first time, readers will get an intimate look at the people behind CAS - Close Air Support. Their work is both delicate and deadly, their actions rooted in months of planning and executed with split-second timing.

Acting as a bridge between special ops ground troops and lethal air power, CAS demands a skill set unparalleled even among the most elite military forces. But just as important is the mindset, dedication, and daring of a very special brand of Airman. They include:

• Advance teams that create airfields and landing strips - from nothing

• The combat controllers that coordinated airstrikes and support during the hunt for Osama bin Laden in Tora Bora

• Special tactics teams who work closely with Joint Special Operations Task Forces

Military enthusiasts, history buffs, and readers inspired by stories of exceptional bravery and patriotism will all be drawn to the heroes of Deadly Blue, the Air Force Special Operations Command that orchestrates and executes these critical missions.


Deadly Blueis a look into the often covert world of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSCOC). It is a collection of battlefield experiences of today's air commandos. From the first “boots on the ground” to the gunships overhead, these are the stories of the unsung heroes of America's war on terrorism.

During the course of this book, you will often read of CAS missions. CAS is an acronym for “close air support.” The official Department of Defense definition, as stated in Joint Publication 3–09.3, Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Close Air Support (CAS), is “air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and which require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces.” This publication further describes the fundamentals of CAS as being:

conducted at any place and time friendly forces are in close
proximity to enemy forces. The word “close” does not imply a
specific distance; rather, it is situational. The requirement for
detailed integration because of proximity, fires, or movement
is the determining factor. At times CAS may be the best means
to exploit tactical opportunities in the offense or defense. CAS
provides firepower in offensive and defensive operations to
destroy, disrupt, suppress, fix, harass, neutralize, or delay en
emy forces.

CAS may be used to mass the effects of combat power, in
order to exploit opportunities in the offense and defense. Each
Service organizes, trains, and equips to employ CAS within its
roles as part of the joint force. As a result, a variety of aircraft are
capable of performing CAS. The joint force commander (JFC) . . .

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