Joshua Williams graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2007 with a concentration in foreign affairs study and an emphasis on Latin America. He sought a way to use both his knowledge of the region and fly in the same role.
The answer to his desire were the Air Force’s corps of combat aviation advisers who work within the 6th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida.
Combat aviation advisers (CAAs) are the Air Force’s premier embedded teaching force for foreign air forces. They are selected from a wide range of Air Force careers and are often tasked with working with militaries who have no experience in aviation combat.
The charcoal brown beret CAAs wear signifies grit, hard work, and fertile soil, a nod to the group’s resourcefulness in austere environments.
Williams was assigned to South America where he helped train and advise the Honduran military on how to combat narcoterrorism.
After Honduras he deployed to Afghanistan where the 6th SOS became a target of the Taliban for their unique ability to effect change in foreign armies.
Williams views the CAA’s job of building up foreign military’s ability to combat extremism as one of the most important “anti-war war jobs” there is.