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Special Tactical Group makes free fall in Spencer

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Airmen assigned to the 720th Special Tactics Group will perform a military freefall demonstration at this year's Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.

Special Tactics Airmen are scheduled to jump into the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, around 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 22 as part of the community's overnight stop.

Dave Woodcock, chairman of the Spencer Entertainment Subcommittee for RAGBRAI® explained what will happen. "At around 8 p.m., during a break in the bands, the C-130 will do a low fly over of the Clay County Fairground then climb to altitude and five-to-eight airmen will parachute into the fair grounds area."

According to Woodcock, the U S Air Force has a large group of riders in RAGBRAI and this is the 60th anniversary of the U S Air Force.

The 720th STG is an integral part of the Air Force Special Operations Command headquartered here. AFSOC commander, Lt. Gen. Mike Wooley, is scheduled to take part in the 472-mile RAGBRAI® trek alongside several other special operators and is eager to show Iowans the Air Force's premiere fighting force.

"AFSOC forces are at the center of America's Global War of Terror," said General Wooley. "Our Airmen are taking the fight to the enemy's front door and RAGBRAI is a great opportunity to show our friends in the mid-west how AFSOC leads the way."

"A spokesman -- maybe Lt. General Mike Wooley -- will make a presentation about the air force from the main stage around the time of the event," said Woodcock.

Special Tactics Airmen execute a myriad of Special Operations missions to enhance air operations deep in enemy territory. They conduct personnel recovery missions, collect intelligence and provide terminal guidance for attacks against valuable enemy targets.

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