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Air Force Colonel Mike Haas not only writes about Air Force Special Operations, he was one of the Air Force's finest Special Operators. Apollo's Warriors: United States Air Force Special Operations during the Cold War is a book that brings to life the critical, albeit little-known, contributions US Air Force Special Operations forces have made to the exercise of air and space power. In this well written book the author focuses in particular on the period between the Korean War and the Indochina wars of 1950-1979. Col. Haas gives a superb accounting of the role USAF Special Operations played while operating in support of US Intelligence and US Army Special Forces groups.
Building on the legacy of the Commandos in WW II, the Air Commandos of the Vietnam era initially were the focal point for training Laotian pilots and conducting unconventional warfare operations in Laos. His book points out that by 1968, they had proved so valuable that their role had been expanded to encompass all USAF special operations in Indochina.
Col. Haas' book is loaded with rich text, theatre maps and superb photographs from all aspects of Commando operations. Most importantly, however, his book reminds the reader of the professionalism and dedication to service of the men and women of the USAF special operations community. Apollo's Warriors is another must have book for those who were involved in Air Force special operations.
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