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Exercise Gryphon Jet

Exercise Gryphon Jet

Two CV-22 Ospreys assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron fly over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 15, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S. Special Operations Forces member repels onto the deck of a ship from a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron during Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 15, 2020. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S. Special Operations Forces members' fast rope from a CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron during Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 15, 2020. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S. Special Operations Forces members observe a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron takeoff at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) conduct high altitude low opening jump from a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S Army soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) parachute from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

A member of U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) Team One conducts a high altitude low opening jump from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

A member of U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land) Team One parachutes from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

Exercise Gryphon Jet

U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) Team One parachute from a U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules over Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020, during Exercise Gryphon Jet. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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U.S. Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) Team One carry their parachutes and gears after conducting a high altitude low opening jump during Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 17, 2020. Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron takes off during Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 23, 2020. The Exercise Gryphon Jet is an integration training exercise focused on improving interoperability through the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, wait to load their vehicles into a C-130J Super Hercules during an engine running onload/offload (ERO) training as part of Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 23, 2020. Special Tactics is a U.S. Special Operation Command's tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force's special operations ground force, leading Global Access, Precision Strike, Personnel Recovery and Battlefield Surgery operations on the battlefield. Exercise Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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U.S. Air Force Special Tactics operators with the 320th Special Tactics Squadron out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, wait to load their tactical vehicles into a C-130J Super Hercules during an engine running onload/offload (ERO) training as part of Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 23, 2020. Special Tactics is a U.S. Special Operation Command's tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force's special operations ground force, leading Global Access, Precision Strike, Personnel Recovery and Battlefield Surgery operations on the battlefield. Exercise Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

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A CV-22 Osprey assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron taxis down the flightline during Exercise Gryphon Jet at Yokota Air Base, Japan, June 23, 2020. The Exercise Gryphon Jet is an integrated training exercise focused on improving interoperability throughout the special operations community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan --

The 353rd Special Operations Group organized exercise Gryphon Jet from June 17-26, 2020 at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Over that 10-day period U.S. forces teamed up to execute the high altitude high opening, high altitude low opening, fast rope, and repel training needed to get its special tactics operators where they need to be quickly, efficiently, and most importantly, ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

“Essentially, as part of our COVID-19 response and ensuring the health and safety of our Airmen, we haven’t been able to do a lot of the integration exercises that we’ve been able to do under normal circumstances.” said Lt. Col Jason Hock, 21st SOS commander, “We’ve been able to maintain a lot of our training at Yokota and within the 353rd SOG, but not as much with our other mission partners. This exercise gave us an opportunity to travel within Japan from base to base and train with our mission partners to increase our interoperability and capability within the special operations community.”

Gryphon Jet’s complete list of participants included: U.S. Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron, CV-22 Ospreys assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 374th Operations Group Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) specialists, all out of Yokota, 353rd Special Operation’s Group special tactics operators out of Kadena Air Base, Japan, U.S. Navy special operators with the Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) Team One, and Army Special Operators with the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) out of Torii Station, Japan.

“What makes this training so important is it guarantees that we remain ready to respond to near peer competition, contingency response and personnel recovery scenarios throughout this area of responsibility,” said Hock. “Whatever we need to do in the defense of the U.S., Japan, or any of our allies in Indo-Pacific region, we are prepared as a force to do just that.”

In maintaining that capability to respond, it is the flexibility and professionalism of the members of the special operations community that allows them succeed.

“This is our bread and butter, this is what we do.” said Hock. “When we come together, regardless of our branch of service, we are able to get after that mission to make it happen. We’ve worked together seamlessly across the globe for so many years and that’s not going to stop anytime soon. Gryphon Jet only further cements that fact.”