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#2725 - 01/04/17 12:30 AM SOWT Creed
SpankeyJ Offline
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Registered: 12/19/14
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Loc: Travis AFB
Hello,
I have been looking for the SOWT creed or mission statement without any luck. If anyone has this information I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

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#2726 - 01/04/17 10:22 AM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
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Mission statement is complicated as there is a continuum of military operations that extends from peacetime to wartime. Further the actual day-to-day duty utilization mission is directly connected to the mission assigned to the unit the military member is assigned to. Pertinent to this some units only have a training mission, others a maintenance mission, others just am operational wartime mission and others a combined operational peacetime and wartime mission.

For example members of the SERE AFSC are primarily assigned a peacetime and wartime training mission. But the AFSC also has an operational staff support mission during wartime. Consequently, although the SERE specialty summary description states "Operates in eight geographic disciplines of Temperate, Arctic, Desert, Tropic, Coastal, Open Sea, Urban and Captivity, day or night, to include friendly, denied, hostile, or sensitive areas in support of operational preparation of the environment (OPE)," SERE is not a BA AFSC.

The general overview mission statement for the Battlefield Airman AFSCs is put forth in AFPD (Air Force Policy Directive) 10-35, Battlefield Airman. Within this policy directive there is no supporting the Army distinction between SOW and Combat Weather teams other than SOW supports Special Operations forces and Combat Weather Teams support conventional army forces. AFPD 10-35 was first implemented in 2005 which is four years before the SOW duty positions were yanked out of the weather AFSC to form a separate AFSC.

Creed is nothing more than a set of guiding principles a group sets for itself. It has no official purpose pertinent to assigned mission given to a group other than to give a moral and ethical compass to guide choices of deeds and conduct to aspire to. The Pararescue Creed for example has its ca. 1952 origins as the code of the Air Rescue Man which was inclusive of everybody (pilots, mechanics, admin, life support, intel, land rescue teams, parachute rescue teams) assigned to an Air Rescue Service (ARS) unit.

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#2727 - 01/04/17 04:42 PM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
SpankeyJ Offline
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Thank you Yukon,

I was more referring to the SOWT's version of the PJ's "It is my duty as a pararescueman to save lives and aid the injured...". I know PJ Indoc students are required to receite it daily as well as learn about the fallen heroes. So I assume SOWT/CCT are as well. Again thank you so much

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#2728 - 01/04/17 07:00 PM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
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Originally Posted By: SpankeyJ


I was more referring to the SOWT's version of the PJ's have

After some consideration perhaps Code is better suited than creed as the creed was always called the code of a pararescueman.

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A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the social norms and rules and responsibilities of, or proper practices for, an individual, party or organization. Related concepts include ethical, honor, moral codes and religious laws.


The code of the parescueman is also the source of the pararescue motto "That Others May Live". This motto is incorporated in the pararescue crest worn on the beret.

BTW several AFSCs have mottos but lack a code/creed.

If SOWT has a version or an adaptation of the PJ code/creed the career field is keeping it a big secret. Same for combat Control and TACP. However if a code/creed is adopted from someplace for those AFSCs the odds are it is or will be adopted from the U.S. Army Ranger Creed or U.S. Army Special Forces Creed.

I took effort in previous post to identify a creed in most, if not all instances, lacks official capacity connected to putting in place a specific role and mission. What the creed, if one exists, gives members of the group is a perspective of what to measure up to in the performance of their duties. However for the creed to be effective in such purpose a must have history of achievements backing it up connected to an existing assigned role and mission.

Combat Control as a military occupation does have since 1952 a history of achievements to support a creed. However some of the history is disconnected prior to establishing Special Tactics Squadrons (1980-1990) by mission assigned to the units combat control were assigned to. Further, prior to establishing the 75th Ranger Regiment (February 1986) very few combat controllers were assigned to units assigned a special operations mission.

Special Operations Weather, prior to ca. 1985 was limited to a handful of weather duty positions supporting the Special Forces Groups. BTW, these positions did not necessarily require the Air Force Weather Observer or Air Force Weather Forecaster to be a qualified parachutist on jump status. This changed in 1986 and if assigned to support 75th Ranger Regiment or a Special Forces Group there was no required training and qualification standard to distinguish the Air Weather Service weather observer or forecaster parachutists supporting conventional Army Forces from weather parachutists supporting Army Special Operations forces. As the AFSC was established in 2009 with only 102 duty positions there is no actual many decades mission history to base a creed on. Special operations weather during the Southeast Asia conflict (1964-1970) was limited to ten to twelve weather people performing such duties in Laos. In fact all other combat weather teams in that conflict were conventional combat weather teams which by the way also supported Special Forces operations in Vietnam.

BTW, there were 4 weather forecasters or observers killed in action during the SEA conflict (all killed in March 1968).

4 March 1968: AWS suffered its first casualties of Vietnam war when two 5WS observers, Staff Sergeants James C. Swann and Edward W. Milan, were killed during enemy 82mm mortar attack on Ban Me Thout AI, Republic of Vietnam. It is presumed the other two died of injuries from this attack a few days later (18 and 22 Mar 1968).

There are probably other Bronze Star Medals awarded to weather forecasters and observers during SEA conflicts, but one needs to search thru unit histories, but members of Operating Location 1, Detachment 32, 5th Weather Squadron, were awarded Bronze Star Medals by Brigadier General James F. Hollingsworth, deputy commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division.

There is also:

Under Operation Urgent Fury, combined U.S. air, sea, and land forces invaded Grenada to evacuate American students. Before combat operations were officially declared ended on 2 November, nine men from Detachment 3 of 5WW' 5WS at Fort Bragg, NC, deployed to Grenada and furnished weather support during the fighting. All nine received Bronze Stars.

The SOWT motto is, "Coela Bellatores," or "Weather Warriors." The motto reaffirms the commitment to deploy into restricted environments by air, land or sea to observe and analyze all weather data from "mud to sun." Reference http://www.24sow.af.mil/SpecialTactics/SpecialOperationsWeatherTeam.aspx

The Special Tactics TACP motto is "100%, and then some." Reference http://www.24sow.af.mil/SpecialTactics/STTacticalAirControlParty.aspx

The Combat Control motto is "First There." The motto reaffirms the combat controller's commitment to undertaking the most dangerous missions behind enemy lines by leading the way for other forces to follow. Reference http://www.24sow.af.mil/SpecialTactics/CombatControl.aspx

The Pararescue motto is "That Others May Live." This motto reaffirms the pararescueman's commitment to saving lives and self-sacrifice. Without PJs, thousands of service members and civilians would have been lost in past conflicts and natural disasters. Reference http://www.24sow.af.mil/SpecialTactics/STPararescue.aspx

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#2735 - 01/07/17 08:00 AM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
PepperUrAngus Offline
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Registered: 01/10/15
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Loc: US
The creeds are given to you at selection. The CCT and SOWT creeds are very similar, ending in their respective motto's and a HOOYAH.

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#2736 - 01/08/17 09:10 AM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
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Army Civilain Creed


U.S. Army Ordnance Soldier's Creed


http://www.militaryauthority.com/wiki/military-creeds/us-army-the-infantrymans-creed.html

The Airborne Creed

Ranger Creed
The Special Forces Creed

The Recon Creed

SEAL Code: A warrior creed

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Warrior creeds, such as the Ranger’s famous creed, have been around for over a century to guide the actions of operators on and off the battlefield. The creed is a code of conduct and inspirational daily reminder of the “reason we train and fight” for the men and women of these units. Many outside observers point to the mission of the units and preparation of the teams when describing who these people are. Warriors know better. It is the Warrior Ethos that best describes who they are, an ethos that has been shared, albeit with different words, with the Samurai, the Spartans, the Marines and other Special Operations forces around the world.

The SEAL Code was created just two years ago. Prior to this, the SEALs had an unspoken code defined by the culture, historical experience and training. “Leave no man behind” and “failure is not an option” are examples of cultural mantras that evolved as the unwritten “SEAL code” from the Teams battlefield experiences in WWII, Korea, Vietnam and elsewhere. We have held to this code, never leaving a teammate in the field, dead or alive. Recent experience in Afghanistan with Medal of Honor winner LT Murphy and his teammates exemplifies this code of conduct.
The just two years ago appears to be 2015. However, the inspirational daily reminder perhaps is better thought of as having credence. Credence gives perspective of there is an evidence presence of past and current acts and deeds of the group connected to executing and accomplishing missions to give a quality of truth of existing backing up the code or creed.

As I previously opined the CCT and SOW creeds, if such exist, must be Top Secret because they are not given transparency of being disclosed for public scrutiny as the other codes and creeds I gave links to are.

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#2790 - 02/16/17 07:10 PM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
Kevindabruce Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 1
Loc: Arizona
Hey there,

"The mission of a Special Operations Weatherman is to deploy by the most feasible means available into combat and non-permissive environments. Special Operations Weatherman are special tactic operators who establish weather data networks while simultaneously providing environmental reconnaissance, terrain intelligence and target weather in the joint arena. Additionally, Special Operations Weatherman expertly employ all-terrain vehicles, amphibious vehicles, weapons and demolitions."

EYES FORWARD...HOOYAH!

You will need to know this for CCSC and the pipeline.



Edited by Kevindabruce (02/16/17 07:11 PM)

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#2800 - 02/23/17 08:30 AM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
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Just to play on words, but there are differences between deploy, employ and provides.

Deploy generally means to position for use or utilization (use).

Employ generally means to engage in being utilized to do something.

Provides generally means makes available (a capability) or brings a capability presence to someplace to do something.

From the current SOW AFECD Specialty description: May be employed alone or as part of an Air Force, joint, interagency or coalition force, to support Combatant Commander’s objectives and may operate under austere conditions for extended periods.

From current Combat Control AFECD Specialty description: Provides command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C3ISR) to assist, control and enable the application of manned and unmanned, lethal and non-lethal airpower in all geographic and environmental conditions across the full spectrum of military operations.


From current TACP AECD Specialty description: Employed as part of a joint, interagency or coalition force, aligned with conventional or special operations combat maneuver units to support Combatant Commander objectives.

From current Pararescue AFECD specialty description: Provides rapid response capability and operates in the six geographic disciplines: mountain, desert, arctic, urban, jungle and water, day or night, to include friendly, denied, hostile, or sensitive areas. Provides assistance in and performs survival, evasion, resistance, and escape (SERE). Provides emergency trauma and field medical care, and security. Moves recovered personnel and materiel to safety or friendly control when recovery by aircraft is not possible.

From current SERE AFECD specialty description: Provides direct support to Combatant Commanders in Personnel Recovery (PR) preparation, planning, execution, and adaptation.

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#2801 - 02/23/17 05:35 PM Re: SOWT Creed [Re: SpankeyJ]
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