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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Operation Assured Response

 
 
Operation Assured Response Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Operation Assured Response Marker
Inscription. In April 1996, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) responded to a crisis in Liberia, where a civil war endangered Americans and other foreign nationals. The US deployed forces quickly to save lives, protect the American Embassy, and initiate a noncombatant evacuation operation. The only integrated force with its own airlift and strike force ready and available was SOCEUR. On 7 April 1996, Special Operations Forces (SOF) launched an MC-130H for Sierra Leone, the intermediate staging base for Operation Assured Response. Using MH-53J helicopters of the 20th SOS, SOCEUR sent SEALS and then Special Forces to provide security for the US Embassy and implement an orderly evacuation of Americans and third country nationals. AC-130Hs from the 16 SOS provided close air support, while MC-130s from the 7 and 8 SOS provided fixed-wing evacuation. At the close of the operation, SOF had evacuated 436 Americans and 1,677 foreign nationals.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.936′ N, 86° 42.032′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Independence Road. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access
Operation Assured Response Marker (located on the far right side) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Operation Assured Response Marker (located on the far right side)
to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Operation Uphold Democracy (here, next to this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (here, next to this marker); Operation Restore Hope (here, next to this marker); Operation Provide Comfort (here, next to this marker); Desert Shield and Desert Storm (here, next to this marker); Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (a few steps from this marker); O-1E Bird Dog (a few steps from this marker); The Forward Air Controller (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Also see . . .  Global Security article on Operation Assured Response. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceMilitaryNotable EventsWar, Cold
 
MC-130H (left) and a MH-53J (right). image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
3. MC-130H (left) and a MH-53J (right).
USAF Photos
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 121 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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