Air Force Special Operations Command


Each year, Special Operations Forces and personnel from around the world descend on the Gulf Coast to participate in the two week EMERALD WARRIOR exercise.

EMERALD WARRIOR provides pre-deployment air and ground training for special operations forces, emphasizing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; joint close air support; tactical airlift; counterinsurgency; urban operations; civilian casualty avoidance; patterns of life; information operations and language.

Training also includes complex battlefield integration for special operations forces, conventional forces, interagency and non-governmental organizations.