The 492nd Special Operations Wing activated May 10, 2017, and it was formerly the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center. It 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.
Vision: Transforming Airmen into Air Commandos who possess the specialized skills and warrior ethos to fight and win anytime, anywhere.
The U.S. Air Force Special Operations School is AFSOC's formal school conducting special operations education and professional development. The school develops, schedules, and executes joint education for up to 7,000 students annually. It implements AFSOC/CC and Commander USSOCOM educational strategy. USAFSOS conducts resident and off-station courses in joint/combined special operations, SOF command and control, cultural/geopolitical regional orientation, counterinsurgency, irregular warfare, force protection, and language training. With respect to language training USAFSOS provides foreign language initial-acquisition training and language sustainment and enhancement programs to meet the linguistic proficiency required of our Airmen employed in the areas of foreign internal defense, regional affairs training, and tactical operations.
Provide AFSOC's Western Air Commandos with unmatched combat training. Conduct initial mission qualification and upgrade training for the AC-130H, AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22, Remotely Piloted Aircraft and all manner of light/medium commercial aviation transport aircraft...one mind, any weapon.
To provide communications and information systems for command and control of Special Operations Forces worldwide, as well as respond to state emergencies as directed by the governor.