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  • Welcome to the Jungle

    U.S. Army Green Berets from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), invited Team Kadena Airmen to train with them at the U.S. Marine Corps Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC) at Camp Gonsalves, Okinawa, Japan.

  • AFSOC Director of Operations visits the 353rd SOG

    Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, Air Force Special Operations Command director of operations, and Chief Master Sgt. Christian Hendrick AFSOC operations chief enlisted member, held all calls with the officers and enlisted members of the 353rd Special Operations group on 14 August, 2019. Since being

  • STS Airman named one of 2019 Outstanding OAY

    Each year Air Force officials select 12 Airmen from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements to represent the service’s top enlisted members. Tech. Sgt. Kenneth O’Brien, special tactics section chief from the 320th Special Tactics Squadron,

  • SECDEF Departs Yokota to Continue Pacific Tour

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper shakes hands with the Airmen of the 353rd Special Operations Group prior to departing Yokota Air Base, Japan to continue his Pacific Tour, Aug. 7, 2019. While in Japan, Esper met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japanese Minister of Defense

  • 353rd welcomes new commander

    Col. Jason Kirby relinquished command of the 353rd Special Operations Group (SOG) to Col. Michael Thomas during a change of command ceremony on 3 July, 2019. Lt. Gen. James Slife, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, presided over the event held inside a hangar where the Airmen of the

  • Taking Initiative: Samira's Story

    Drunken driving and alcohol-related incidents put lives and careers at risk of a tragic end. The consequences impact not only the victim and the offender, but the mission and welfare of the community. While Okinawa’s bars and izakayas may offer some of the best food, drinks and entertainment on the


    Air Force Special Operations Command’s 353rd Special Operations Group, stationed at Kadena AB, Japan, activated the 21st Special Operations Squadron and 753rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Yokota AB, Japan, July 1, 2019. The squadrons will operate and maintain CV-22 Ospreys,