We all know what is the task of the special operations force once on the ground or at the target. But in recent years, their most significant partners are those who drive them to the battlefield and back.
In this photo, the crew of spec ops aircraft is performing simulation tests. SSgt. Christopher Pherson, a flight engineer with the 8th Special Operations Squadron, performs grounded flight simulation tests on a CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft at Hurlburt Field. Those birds are used for long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces worldwide.