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1st SOS conducts Flight of the Flock

Planes fly off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

A formation of MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. The 1st SOS is on-call to conduct specialized mobility with the MC-130J Commando II in order to conduct infiltration, exfiltration and resupply for allied forces in austere environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Planes fly off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

A formation of 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. The 1st SOS operates the MC-130J Commando II to provide infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Planes fly off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

A 1st Special Operations Squadron loadmaster observes a formation of MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. 1st SOS loadmasters are responsible for ensuring people and equipment in the MC-130J Commando II are safely and efficiently transported to their location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Planes fly over Kadena.

Seven MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron fly over the flight line at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. Low altitude flying allows pilots and aircrew to train the pivotal skill of operating in low-level environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Airman taxis planes.

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepares to marshall an MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron during the biennial “Flight of the Flock” training event at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. Formation flights exercise the ability of aircrews and maintainers to quickly generate aircraft and move large numbers of ground forces and equipment in hostile or denied territory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Planes fly off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

A formation of 1st Special Operations Squadron MC-130J Commando II’s fly during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. This “Flight of the Flock” formation was the first time all seven 1st SOS MC-130J Commando II aircraft were generated for flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Planes conduct a formation on Kadena.

Six MC-130J Commando II aircraft assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron taxi down the flight line at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. This was the first time the 1st SOS generated all seven aircraft to complete a formation flight during the biennial “Flight of the Flock” training event.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Loadmasters conduct an air drop.

1st Special Operations Squadron loadmasters conduct an airdrop during the “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan Jan. 6, 2022. “Flight of the Flock” is a rare training opportunity to test the pilots and aircrew’s ability to conduct accurate airdrops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Airmen conduct pre-flight checks.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform preflight maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II assigned to the 1st Special Operations Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. This was the first time the 1st SOS generated all seven aircraft to complete a formation flight during the biennial “Flight of the Flock” training event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Planes taxi on the runway.
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1st Special Operations Squadron loadmasters, observe a 1st SOS MC-130J Commando II during the Flight of the Flock formation at Kadena Air Base, Japan Jan. 6, 2022. This formation showcased the 1st SOS MC-130J Commando II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

Planes fly off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.
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U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Wing observe an MC-130J Commando II during “Flight of the Flock” off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 6, 2022. As the only U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command unit in the Pacific, the 353rd SOW is the focal point for special operations aviation activity in the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Stephen Pulter)

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