352nd Special Operations Group conducts night training operations
Aircrews of the 352nd Special Operations Group conducted midnight training maneuvers in the skies above Poland to maintain their state of mission readiness Sept. 18 during Exercise Jackal Stone ‘10.
Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron secure a training bundle placed on the MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Attached to the training bundle is a parachute that will soften the landing when it sails to the designated drop zone. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)
3 photos: Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron secure a training bundle placed on the MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation
Photo 1 of 3: Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron secure a training bundle placed on the MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Attached to the training bundle is a parachute that will soften the landing when it sails to the designated drop zone. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine) Download full-resolution version
Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron instruct a cargo specialist where to load a training bundle onto a MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)
3 photos: Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron instruct a cargo specialist where to load a training bundle onto a MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Sw
Photo 2 of 3: Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron instruct a cargo specialist where to load a training bundle onto a MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine) Download full-resolution version
The boom of the KC 135 Stratotanker makes contact with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during a night time refueling training mission held Sept. 16 in the skies over Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U. S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)
3 photos: The boom of the KC 135 Stratotanker makes contact with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during a night time refueling training mission held Sept. 16 in the skies over Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Ja
Photo 3 of 3: The boom of the KC 135 Stratotanker makes contact with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during a night time refueling training mission held Sept. 16 in the skies over Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U. S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine) Download full-resolution version
Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron secure a training bundle placed on the MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Attached to the training bundle is a parachute that will soften the landing when it sails to the designated drop zone. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)
Loadmasters with the 67th Special Operations Squadron instruct a cargo specialist where to load a training bundle onto a MC-130P Combat Shadow as part of a night time training drop held Sept. 16 in Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)
The boom of the KC 135 Stratotanker makes contact with the MC-130P Combat Shadow during a night time refueling training mission held Sept. 16 in the skies over Swidwin, Poland in preparation of the Jackal Stone 10 exercise. Jackal Stone 10, hosted by Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces and as well as build mutual respect while sharing doctrinal concepts. The exercise, which is coordinated with U.S. Special Operations Command Europe, includes Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Croatia, Romania, and Ukraine participating in the exercise. (U. S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Regina R. Machine)

Aircrews of the 352nd Special Operations Group conducted midnight training maneuvers in the skies above Poland to maintain their state of mission readiness Sept. 18 during Exercise Jackal Stone ‘10.

Jackal Stone ‘10, hosted by both Poland and Lithuania this year, is an annual international special operations forces (SOF) exercise held in Europe. Its objective is to enhance capabilities and interoperability amongst the participating special operations forces as well as build new relationships and strengthen current ones.

Units participating in the exercise, such as the 352nd Special Operations Group based out of RAF Mildenhall, England, take advantage of this exercise to sharpen their skills.

352nd SOG aircrews took two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft through various flight maneuvers such as formation flight, cargo air drop operations and in-flight refueling.

Pre-flight checks were conducted by crewmembers as loadmasters and cargo specialists loaded airdrop training bundles into the planes’ cargo holds.

“We built the platforms and drums that were used in the cargo air drop,” a cargo specialist said. “We even rigged the parachute that was attached to the top of the bundle to be used in the aerial drop.”

The four main items that are typically bundled are fuel, ammunition, water, and food.

“The cargo compartment can hold up to 12 bundles or up to 26,000 pounds of equipment,” said the senior loadmaster.
The mission began with two Combat Shadows flying in formation. As the training progressed, the crews conducted evasive maneuvers while flying at low levels in reaction to simulated area threats.

The Combat Shadows continued the ‘nap-of-the-earth’ flying until they reached the drop zone, where the loadmasters prepared the bundles to be airdropped to special operations forces on the ground.

After the air drop, the Combat Shadows linked up with a 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 ‘Stratotanker’ waiting to refuel them while in flight. Refueling was the last task required to successfully complete the night’s training mission.

“This training prepares us to be an asset to the operators on the ground by delivering critical supplies in the hours of darkness at a pre-determined location,” said the flight engineer. “We also can sustain operations in the air for long periods of time without having to touch down on the ground by refueling in the air. This maintains our ability to fly in support of our operators when they need us.”

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