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AIR FORCE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND|
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Air Force Special Operations Command was established May 22, 1990, with headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Fla. AFSOC is one of ten major Air Force commands, and the Air Force component of U.S. Special Operations Command, a unified command located at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
America's Air Commandos providing persistent, agile and responsive specialized airpower...Anytime...Anyplace
Present combat-ready Air Force Special Operations Forces to conduct and support global special operations missions.
AFSOC provides Air Force special operations forces for worldwide deployment and assignment to regional unified commands. The command's SOF are composed of highly trained, rapidly deployable Airmen, conducting global special operations missions ranging from precision application of firepower, to infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and refueling of SOF operational elements.
AFSOC's unique capabilities include airborne radio and television broadcast for psychological operations, as well as aviation foreign internal defense instructors to provide other governments military expertise for their internal development. The command's special tactics squadrons combine combat controllers, special operations weathermen and pararescuemen with other service SOF to form versatile joint special operations teams.
The command's core missions include battlefield air operations, agile combat support, aviation foreign internal defense, information operations/military support operations, precision strike, specialized air mobility; command and control; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Personnel and Resources
AFSOC has more than 19,000 active-duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and civilian personnel. The command's active duty and reserve component flying units operate fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, including the CV-22B, AC-130, C-130, EC-130, MC-130, MQ-1, MQ-9, U-28A, C-145A, C-146A and PC-12.
The command's forces are organized under three active-duty wings, one Reserve wing, one National Guard wing, two overseas groups and several direct reporting units.
1st Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, and the 27th Special Operations Wing, at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., are composed of specialized aircraft to support special operations worldwide. The 24th Special Operations Wing, at Hurlburt Field, provides special tactics forces for rapid global employment to enable airpower success.
352nd Special Operations Group, at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, is the Air Force component for Special Operations Command Europe.
353rd Special Operations Group, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, is the Air Force component for Special Operations Command Pacific.
Other Subordinate Units
The Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center (AFSOAWC) organizes, trains, educates and equips forces to conduct special operations missions; leads MAJCOM Irregular Warfare activities; executes special operations test and evaluation and lessons learned programs; and develops doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures for Air Force Special Operations Forces. The AFSOAWC vision is "transforming Airmen into Air Commandos who possess the specialized skills and warrior ethos to fight and win anytime, anywhere."
Gained Air Force Reserve Component
919th Special Operations Wing, at Duke Field, Fla., is the only special operations wing in the Air Force Reserve. and provides operations and maintenance personnel to support the aviation foreign internal defense and combat aviation advisor programs for the Air Force Special Operations Command through the use of the C-145A aircraft. The wing conducts U-28 and C-145A formal training unit flight instruction through a classic association with the AFSOAWC. The Wing's 2nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS), located at Nellis AFB, NV, employs the MQ-1 Predator. The 2 SOS will transition to the MQ-9 Reaper and move to Hurlburt Field, FL in summer 2014.
Gained Air National Guard Units
193rd Special Operations Wing at Harrisburg International Airport, Pa., provides the only airborne psychological operations platform in the Department of Defense with the EC-130 Commando Solo.
123rd Special Tactics Squadron at Standiford Field, Ky. and the 125th Special Tactics Squadron at Portland International Airport, Ore., provide combat controllers and pararescuemen for worldwide operational needs.
209th Civil Engineer Squadron located at Gulfport, Miss., is AFSOC's only Guard civil engineer squadron supporting the command's transportable collective protection system mission.
150th Special Operations Flight at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., provides modified C-32B aircraft supporting worldwide airlift operations.
280th Combat Communications Squadron at Dothan, Ala., is AFSOC's only Guard communications squadron.
107th Weather Flight at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich.; 146th Weather Flight at GTR Pittsburgh Air Guard Station; and the 181st Weather Flight at Dallas Naval Air Station, are the command's three National Guard weather units.
Current as of October 2013
Point of Contact
Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office | 229 Cody Ave, Suite 103 | Hurlburt Field, Fla. 32544-5312 | (850) 884-5515 | DSN 579-5515 | firstname.lastname@example.org