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Anytime, Anywhere: Gryphon Pacific 20-1 challenges Special Operators
A pilot flying an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 17th Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, completes refueling operations with a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron, KAB, during Exercise Gryphon Pacific 20-1, Nov. 15, 2019, over the Pacific Ocean. Aerial refueling in order to expedite the operational timeline was essential to ensuring success during the exercise. Launching from Guam, two MC-130J Commando II aircraft with Global Access Special Tactics teams onboard rapidly established and controlled landing zones capable of facilitating additional forces at both Wake Island and Kwajalein Atoll in the same night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Sutton)