Due to their smaller footprint, special operations forces are often used to shape an operating environment to facilitate a larger, conventional way to move forward on the battlefield, also known as a scheme of maneuver.
A Special Tactics Airman from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron from Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, mans an M-240 machine gun and watches for potential threats on a convoy to a simulated attack on a city during a scenario as part of NTC 18-10 at Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 6, 2018. Not only did ST conduct special reconnaissance, but they assisted the conventional forces with direct action on the target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rose Gudex)