A female Air Force officer has completed a rigorous special warfare course and will move on to the next program within the Special Tactics Officer (STO) training pipeline, making her the first woman to advance this far within battlefield officer specialty training.
The Special Tactics Officer candidate was recently selected to start the next iteration of the training pipeline following her successful completion of the ‘STO Phase 2 Assessment’ conducted by Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), according to 1st Lt. Jeremy Huggins, a spokesman for the Special Warfare Training Wing. Four women have attempted STO or the Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) specialties, including the current candidate.
Officer who manages the training and equipping of U.S. Air Force ground special operations.
Officer who provides command and control of full spectrum personnel recovery operations.
CROs will often deploy into direct combat as a member of the rescue team themselves.