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

By Fred Pushies | Go to book overview

CHAPTER
11
Dragons over Iraq

MSgt Justin Rogers, 3rd SOS Predators*

The Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) reactivated the 3rd Special Operations Squadron on October 28, 2005. The 3rd SOS is the first unmanned aerial system squadron in AFSOC and is known as the “Dragons,” its name derived from the Vietnam-era AC47 “Puff the Magic Dragon” gunships. Since its reactivation, the 3rd SOS has become one of the most sought after air assets in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. By deploying the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it brings all elements into play as special operations forces (SOF) teams hunt down a wary and elusive enemy. The Predator allows the acquisition of real-time target data, transmitted back and forth between the UAV, Command and Control, the Special Tactics Squadron (STS) on the ground, and orbiting AC-130 gunships or other close air support (CAS) platforms. Master Sergeant Justin Rogers was one of the original eleven

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Chapter 1 - The Origin of the Air Force Special Operations 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Fog of War 22
  • Chapter 3 - Boots on the Ground 34
  • Chapter 4 - Satcom and Saddles 45
  • Chapter 5 - Tora Bora, Closing in on Bin Laden 55
  • Chapter 6 - Diggers and Yanks 66
  • Chapter 7 - Austere to Operational 78
  • Chapter 8 - Green Hornets Over Fallujah 86
  • Chapter 9 - Vintage Aircraft and Modern Techniques 93
  • Chapter 10 - The Quick Reaction Force 103
  • Chapter 11 - Dragons Over Iraq 116
  • Chapter 12 - Spectre, Owning the Night 127
  • Chapter 13 - Operation Medusa 136
  • Chapter 14 - Synergy of Command 147
  • Chapter 15 - All in the Family 161
  • Chapter 16 - The Battle of Najaf 166
  • Chapter 17 - Spooky, on Station 185
  • Chapter 18 - Urrah! 194
  • Chapter 19 - One Period of Darkness 203
  • Glossary 217
  • Index 227
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