24th Special Operations Wing

Ultramarine blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of operations.  Air Force yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel.  The torch of knowledge in the circle represents the Wing’s advisory and training role and the sword crossed over the torch is symbolic of the unit’s tactical resources. The olive branch denotes the peace and good will missions conducted by the Wing for the betterment of mankind, while the lightning bolt signifies the swiftness with which the Wing can respond in case of aggression.

Ultramarine blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of operations. Air Force yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The torch of knowledge in the circle represents the Wing’s advisory and training role and the sword crossed over the torch is symbolic of the unit’s tactical resources. The olive branch denotes the peace and good will missions conducted by the Wing for the betterment of mankind, while the lightning bolt signifies the swiftness with which the Wing can respond in case of aggression.


Mission 

The 24th Special Operations Wing is one of three Air Force active duty special operations wings assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command. The 24 SOW is based at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The 24 SOW is the only Special Tactics wing in the Air Force.

The primary mission of the 24 SOW is to provide Special Tactics forces for rapid global employment to enable airpower success. The 24 SOW is U.S. Special Operation Command’s tactical air and ground integration force, and the Air Force’s special operations ground force to enable global access, precision strike, and personnel recovery operations.
Core capabilities encompass: airfield reconnaissance, assessment, and control; personnel recovery; joint terminal attack control and environmental reconnaissance.

Special Tactics is comprised of Special Tactics Officers, Combat Controllers, Combat Rescue Officers, Pararescuemen, Special Operations Weather Officers and Airmen, Air Liaison Officers, Tactical Air Control Party operators, and a number of combat support Airmen which compromise 58 Air Force specialties.

These unique skills provide a full-spectrum, air-focused special operations capability to the combatant commander in order to ensure airpower success. With their unique skill sets, Special Tactics operators are often the first special operations elements deployed into crisis situations. Special Tactics Airmen often embed with Navy SEALs, Army Green Berets and Rangers to provide everything from combat air support to medical aid and personnel recovery, depending on their specialty. 

The 24 SOW is the most decorated unit in the U.S. Air Force, as well as the most decorated group of Airmen for heroism and gallantry since the Vietnam War. Since Sept. 11, 2001, the Special Tactics Airmen have six Air Force Crosses, 32 Silver Stars, 105 Purple Hearts, nearly a thousand Bronze Stars, hundreds of Bronze Stars with valor, as well as 60 current wounded warrior and combat training related cases and 17 fallen heroes.

Organization

The wing has two operational groups, a training squadron and nine special operations recruiting liaison operating locations. Altogether, the wing has elements in 16 locations, with Airmen currently deployed to more than 73 locations.

The 123rd Special Tactics Squadron based at Standiford Field, Kentucky, and the 125th STS based at Portland International Airport, Ore., are Air National Guard units which augment the 24 SOW in support of national security objectives, combat operations, humanitarian efforts, and training.

Units:
720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.:
720th Special Tactics Group, Detachment 1, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
17th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Benning Ga.
21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.
22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
26th Special Tactics Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.
720th Operations Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
724th Special Tactics Group, Pope Field, N.C.:
24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.
724th Operations Support Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.
724th Intelligence Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.
724th Special Tactics Support Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.

Special Tactics Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.:
The Special Tactics Training Squadron recruits, assesses, selects, trains and develops five-level combat controllers, special operations weathermen, pararescuemen and special operations qualified tactical air control party members for the 24 SOW, while also providing initial joint terminal attack control training to Army, Marine Corps and Air Force special operations forces.

Special Operations Recruiting Liaison Operating Locations:
OL-C, HQ 24 SOW, New Cumberland, Penn.
OL-D, HQ 24 SOW, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
OL-G, HQ 24 SOW, Colorado Springs, Colo.
OL-H, HQ 24 SOW, Nashville, Tenn.
OL-J, HQ 24 SOW, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
OL-K, HQ 24 SOW, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.
OL-L, HQ 24 SOW, Des Moines, Iowa
OL-N, HQ 24 SOW, Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga.
OL-O, HQ 24 SOW, Milwaukee, Wis.

Point of Contact
24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office | 223 Cody Ave, Suite 103 | Hurlburt Field, Fla. 32544-5312 | (850) 884-3902 | DSN 579-3902 | 24SOW.PAO@us.af.mil

Current as of Feb. 20, 2015