39 airmen from 21st Special Tactics Squadron earn 50 medals

It’s not often most of the airmen of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron are in one place.

The Air Force special operators are deployed for nearly half the year every 10 months, attaching themselves to small groups of Green Berets, Navy SEALs and Marine Corps critical skills operators.

Even when not deployed, the airmen are often strewn across the country for training.

But the squadron took advantage of a rare lull Tuesday to honor some of their own at Pope Field.

Thirty-nine airmen were recognized with more than 50 medals.

Most of those medals were related to the squadron’s most recent deployment from mid-November to May, where they served in Afghanistan and the Middle East.


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