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Special Forces Berlin
by James Stejskal


Contract Air

The Special Forces community as well as the larger special operations community uses contract air services provided by civilian firms to augment military air around the globe. Many areas of the world are underserved by U.S. Air Force assets yet there are small Special Forces units scattered in remote areas of combat zones as well as other regions of the world that need air transport of personnel, cargo, and equipment. In addition, some of these special operations units need intelligence support (Aerial ISR).

Africa. The continent of Africa is one area in the world where contract air is used by the special operations community. There are very little U.S. Air Force assets permanently based in Africa. The small airfield at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti, Africa is one exception. There is an ongoing requirement for special operations forces to have contract air services in Africa. 1.



1. For more on the contract air requirements for special operations forces in Africa see "US studying special operations airlift needs in Africa", NAUTIC Africa, February 13, 2015. Article about an FBO notice providing info on Special Operations Command Africa's requirement for contract air.


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