Deadly Blue

Battle Stories of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

 Deadly Blue

Author: Fred Pushies
Pub Date: October 2009
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814413609
Page Count: 256
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814413616

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“Close air support (CAS) is air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces, and which require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces. Close air support (CAS) can be conducted at any place and time friendly forces are in close proximity to enemy forces.”

United States Department of Defense.

The successful execution of military operations often depends on ultra-precise integration of multiple groups of forces. Potential vulnerabilities in these intricate, dangerous situations require constant and vigilant protection from above. These are some of the missions of the men and women of the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, among the most highly trained and accomplished military personnel in the world. And now we can read their battle stories firsthand.

Deadly Blue chronicles critical events—some well-known, others less so—in recent and ongoing military campaigns, and delves not only into the inner workings of military special operations but also into the lives and minds of the people behind them. You’ll hear Airmen and officers discuss details about their equipment, their living and working conditions, and even their weapons (including several who share the belief that “our primary weapon is the radio, and it is the most lethal”). Their gripping stories describe:

• Air drops into Afghanistan to start Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001

• The securing, clearing, and reopening of the American embassy in Kabul after a twelve-year closure under Taliban rule

• The “Shock and Awe” and other campaigns of Operation Iraqi Freedom

• And many more historic military operations encompassing literally hundreds of thousands of aerial sorties and ground maneuvers

Throughout, author Fred Pushies traces the origins and evolution of Air Force Special Operations. Combining the technical and tactical with the personal and emotional, Deadly Blue is a compelling portrait of an unimaginable valuable asset to American and world security, and of the human element without which such an asset would never have come to be.

Fred Pushies is a photographer and author specializing in military Special Operations Forces subjects. His photo-documentary skills have him in high demand and have earned him unparalleled access to the elite units of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

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