Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center

Emblem of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center

Emblem of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center


The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center (AFSOAWC) is a primary support unit of the Air Force Special Operations Command, the Air Force component of the U.S. Special Operations Command.

The Air Warfare Center is responsible for the training and education of Air Force special operations forces as well as AFSOC’s Irregular Warfare program and innovation development and operational testing in support of AFSOF throughout the world. The Center’s mission includes non-standard aviation in support of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and allied special operations forces.

The following units are consolidated under the Air Warfare Center:
■ U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL
■ 6th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, FL
■ 19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
■ 551st Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, NM
■ 5th Special Operations Squadron, a reserve unit from the 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, FL
■ 371st Special Operations Combat Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
■ 18th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
■ 592nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, Duke Field, FL
■ 209th Civil Engineer Squadron, a guard unit from Gulfport, MS
■ 280th Special Operations Communications Squadron, a guard unit from Dothan, AL

The organization validates the Total Force Integration concept as the Center brings together the strengths of regular Air Force, Reserve, Air National Guard, Department of Defense civilians and contract personnel to form an integrated training and education team dedicated to training new Air Commandos.

The Air Warfare Center provides mission qualification training in SOF aviation platforms to include AC-130U, AC-130W, U-28, MQ-9, C-145, C-146 as well as small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS), Combat Aviation Advisors, medical element personnel, and AFSOC Security Forces. In addition to AFSOC personnel, AFSOAWC is responsible for educating and training other USSOCOM components and joint/interagency/coalition partners.

Point of Contact
Air Force Special Operations Command, Public Affairs Office, 229 Cody Ave., Suite 103; Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5312; DSN 579-5515 or (850) 884-5515; e-mail: afsoc.pa@hurlburt.af.mil 

(Current as of January 2017)