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Oct 30, 2019

The Airmen who make up Air Force Special Ops are the most specialized warriors on the planet. They are the ones other special forces look to when the mission calls for their unique skills and fearless commitment. A job for the mentally tough and physically strong, these elite heroes go where others won’t because they’re trained to do what others can’t.

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Lt. Col. Heath J. Kerns is the Commander, 330th Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He leads Special Operations Recruiters to scout, develop and guide future Special Warfare Airmen to their combat calling. The 330th Recruiting Squadron is the largest squadron within Air Force Recruiting Service and its mission spans the entire globe.


Lieutenant Colonel Kerns grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in June 2004. He is the second Air Force officer to ever graduate the Brazilian Army Jungle Warfare course and holds advanced qualifications as a military freefall parachutist, combat scuba diver, and air traffic controller. Lieutenant Colonel Kerns served two tours as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and deployed extensively throughout Southern Command, Pacific Command, and Africa Command in support of Special Operations.


In this episode of Barbell Shrugged, Anders Varner and Doug Larson discuss:

 The strength training and performance team in charge of preparing the USAF Special Operations units

 Choosing to serve and what it means to put the mission first

 Training to be combat ready

 Water confidence and training in the most intense environments

 What it means to trust your brothers in life and death situations

 And more…


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