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01-20-2005, 04:09 PM
Is anyone here a Raven or perhaps has a good bit of knowledge of the unit? Specifically I am wondering if a person can get Raven school tacked on to their AF contract.

Also pics? :lol:

01-20-2005, 05:59 PM
Office of Public Affairs
Headquarters Air Mobility Command
503 Ward Drive, Suite 214
Scott AFB IL 62225-5335
(618) 229-7839


Air Mobility Command’s PHOENIX RAVEN program, implemented in 1997, consists of teams of specially trained security forces personnel dedicated to providing security for Air Mobility Command aircraft that transit high terrorist and criminal threat areas.


The Phoenix Raven program ensures an acceptable level of close-in security for aircraft transiting airfields where security is unknown or additional security is needed to counter local threats.

Concept of Operations

Teams of two to four specially trained and equipped security forces personnel deploy as aircrew members on AMC missions as designated by the AMC Threat Working Group (TWG). The RAVEN teams help detect, deter and counter threats to AMC aircraft by performing close-in aircraft security; advising aircrews on force protection measures; conducting airfield assessments; and assisting aircrews in the performance of their duties when not performing their primary security duties. PHOENIX RAVEN teams work on all types of AMC airlift missions including theater support missions, contingencies, exercises and deployments. Other Air Force major commands, including Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces and U.S. Air Forces in Europe have sent a select number of security force members to AMC’s PHOENIX RAVEN training course. In addition to those missions specifically identified by the AMC/TWG, wing commanders may also direct PHOENIX RAVEN teams to accompany home-station airlift and tanker missions. Ultimately, however, a PHOENIX RAVEN team on an airlift mission are assigned aircrew members and report to the aircraft commander.


The Headquarters AMC Director of Security Forces is the focal point for all PHOENIX RAVEN operations supporting AMC airlift operations. On behalf of the AMC/SF Director, a PHOENIX RAVEN Program Manager serves within the staff as the interface between the headquarters’ staff and the units. In addition to the Raven Program Manager, the AMC/SF Contingency Branch coordinates with other major commands and Air Reserve Component Security Forces to ensure RAVEN-trained personnel are available at overseas en route locations to support AMC missions unexpectedly diverted.

AMC has over 200, active-duty RAVEN-trained security forces members assigned at bases nationwide. A small portion of the trained force is maintained at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., and Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, and at limited bases within the European and Pacific Theaters. Besides active-duty, the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard also maintain RAVEN-trained personnel to support their significant contribution to the airlift missions throughout the world.


The PHOENIX RAVEN training course is conducted by the 421st Ground Combat Readiness Squadron, Air Mobility Warfare Center (AMWC), Fort Dix, N.J. The intensive two-week, 12-hour-a-day course covers such subjects as cross-cultural awareness, legal considerations, embassy operations, airfield survey techniques, explosive ordnance awareness, aircraft searches, and unarmed self-defense techniques. Students are exposed to more than 70 use-of-force scenarios where stress is simulated through the use of role players. Training includes instruction and realistic practical exercises in Verbal Judo, Defensive Tactics, Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP) Baton training, and advanced firearms training. As a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, PHOENIX RAVEN candidates are instructed on anti-hijacking duty in cooperation with the Federal Air Marshal program. Utilizing the latest in proven technologies and methods from lessons learned and from other agencies, the qualification course is constantly updated to proved the best training possible. PHOENIX RAVEN training is designed to provide security forces members with the skills required for their unique mission and builds on the basic security force skills taught at the Security Forces Academy at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

After course completion, unit program managers sustain a high level of preparedness for the RAVENS through intensive physical training, realistic use-of-force scenarios, plus written and practical evaluations. Additional courses in geographic/cultural orientation offered by the Air Force Special Operations Command are provided to increase members' awareness of cultural areas they frequently transit on missions. Combat survival and additional aircrew-specific training have been recently added to meet theater aircrew requirements.

The first RAVENS graduated AMWC in February 1997. Since then, more than 1,000 Air Force security forces have graduated from the PHOENIX RAVEN Course. Graduates from the course also include members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Federal Air Marshal Service. Upon graduation, Air Force RAVENs are issued a lifetime numeric identifier for their accomplishment. In addition, the identifier eases manpower and operational tracking requirements within AMC.


In the aftermath of the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 and as a result of other serious events around the world, the former AMC Commander Gen Walter Kross implemented the PHOENIX RAVEN Program in February 1997. Since then, RAVENS from within the command and RAVEN-trained security forces from outside the command, have accompanied over 4,400 AMC missions to international hot spots around the globe.


The USS Cole Commission panel recognized the PHOENIX RAVEN program as the best antiterrorism program and recommended that other Department of Defense agencies benchmark its success. PHOENIX RAVEN presentations have been given to the Chief of Naval Operations, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet and Defense Attaché Office, Pentagon.

The PHOENIX RAVEN program has been recognized for its innovative approach to force protection. In 1999, the program earned honors as DoD’s Most Outstanding Antiterrorism Innovation or Action in the command category. The program also received the Federal Executive Board (St. Louis Chapter) Year 2000 Team Performance Award. In addition to program management awards, three members assigned to the AMC Security Forces Directorate have been awarded the Air Force's Outstanding Intelligence Contributor Award.

(Current as of April 2003)

01-20-2005, 06:14 PM
You have to be Security Forces first, then apply, and finally tryout. Their job is mostly to protect deployed USAF assets.....aircraft. Primarily Air Mobility Command aircraft.....heavys. Sometimes they will be assigned to a DV (Distinguished Visitor) like acelebrity or dignitary. We deploy out quite a bit to hostile environments and we usually take 2-4 Ravens with us. They get issued cool toys, but hardly see any [/i]real[/i] action. Upon landing they will set up and walk perimeter around the aircraft while it is on the ground. From a few hours, to a few days. They never, I repeat, never leave the aircrat. Somebody has to run chow to them, thats if they didn't bring along food already.

They sound high speed, low-drag but they're really not. It's a job thats worthy of prestige but alot of hype is built up around them. Cops with flight suits.