National Defense Magazine

Air Force Enhances Special Warfare Training

By Yasmin Tadjdeh

Special operators are known for tackling some of the military’s toughest and most grueling missions. With that often comes both physical and mental stresses that can wear commandos down over time.

To better prepare elite personnel for challenging environments, the Air Force is improving how it trains them through the use of innovative technology and techniques.

“Human performance experts and technologies are being used after the Air Force identified that Special Warfare candidates and operators were facing injuries and challenges that could be mitigated with upfront training,” Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Smith, Special Warfare human performance program manager, said in a statement. “Our goal is to provide our students with an agile training pipeline that provides tools and knowledge that helps prevent injuries during training and throughout their careers.”

The Air Force established the Special Warfare human performance support group in 2018 under the Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

“Our airmen are our greatest asset, and ensuring their health is essential to their success and the readiness of our Air Force,” Smith said. “It is our priority to invest in our student’s mental and physical well-being during training and beyond.”

Lt. Col. Shawnee Williams, an aerospace operational physiologist and commander of the human performance squadron, said the organization examines how to optimize the performance, lethality, readiness and sustainability of what the Air Force calls its “special warfare human weapon system.”

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