List of United States Air Force special operations squadrons

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This is a list of United States Air Force special operations squadrons. It covers aerial units assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command in the United States Air Force.

Special Operations Squadrons[edit]

Squadron Shield Location Nickname Aircraft Notes
1st Special Operations Squadron
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Kadena AB MC-130H Combat Talon II[1]
2d Special Operations Squadron Hurlburt Field MQ-9 Reaper 1 March 2009[2]
3d Special Operations Squadron
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Cannon AFB MQ-1 Predator[3]
4th Special Operations Squadron
4th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Hurlburt Field "Ghost Riders" AC-130U Spooky[4]
5th Special Operations Squadron
5th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Eglin AFB MC-130E Combat Talon I[5]
6th Special Operations Squadron
6th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Hurlburt Field Bell UH-1H & UH-1N, MIL MI-8/MI-17[6]
7th Special Operations Squadron
7th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
RAF Mildenhall "Air Commandos" MC-130H Combat Talon II[7]
8th Special Operations Squadron
8th Special Operations Squadron.svg
Eglin AFB "Black Birds" CV-22 Osprey[8]
9th Special Operations Squadron
9th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Eglin AFB "Night Wings" MC-130P[9]
12th Special Operations Squadron
12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron emblem.jpg
Bien Hoa Air Base, Phan Rang Air Base, South Vietnam UC-123B, UC-123K
15th Special Operations Squadron
15th Special Operations Squadron.png
Hurlburt Field "Global Eagles" MC-130H Combat Talon II[10]
16th Special Operations Squadron
16th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Cannon AFB "Spectre" AC-130H Spectre[11]
17th Special Operations Squadron
17th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Kadena AB "Shadow" MC-130P Combat Shadow[1]
18th Special Operations Squadron Phan Rang AB AC-119K Stinger 31 December 1972
19th Special Operations Squadron
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Hurlburt Field AC-130, MC-130[12]
20th Special Operations Squadron
20th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Cannon AFB "Green Hornets"
21st Special Operations Squadron
21st Special Operations Squadron.png
RAF Mildenhall "Dust Devils" MH-53J/M Pave Low[7] 9 October 2007[13]
22d Special Operations Squadron Nahkon Phanom RTAFB "Zorro" A-1E/G/H/J Skyraider 1970
31st Special Operations Squadron Osan AB MH-53 Pave Low 31 August 2001
33d Special Operations Squadron Cannon AFB MQ-9 Reaper
34th Special Operations Squadron Hurlburt Field U-28A
55th Special Operations Squadron
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Hurlburt Field "Night Hawks" MH-60G Pave Hawk 16 September 1999[14]
67th Special Operations Squadron
67th Special Operations Squadron.png
RAF Mildenhall "Night Owls" C-130E Hercules, MC-130P Combat Shadow[7]
71st Special Operations Squadron
71st Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Kirtland AFB CV-22 Osprey[15]
73d Special Operations Squadron
73rd Special Operations Squadron.png
Cannon AFB MC-130W Combat Spear[3]
90th Special Operations Squadron Nha Trang AB 8 July 1973
193d Special Operations Squadron
193rd Special Operations Squadron emblem.jpg
Pennsylvania ANG "Quiet Professionals" EC-130J Commando Solo
309th Special Operations Squadron Phan Rang AB C-123B/K
310th Special Operations Squadron Phan Rang AB C-123B/K
311th Special Operations Squadron Phan Rang AB C-123B/K
318th Special Operations Squadron 318thSOS.jpg Cannon AFB PC-12[3]
319th Special Operations Squadron
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Hurlburt Field U-28A[16]
427th Special Operations Squadron Pope Air Force Base
512th Special Operations Squadron
512 RQS.jpg
Kirtland AFB UH-1N Twin Huey, HH-60 Pave Hawk 6 October 2000
522d Special Operations Squadron
522d Fighter Squadron - Emblem.png
Cannon AFB "Fireballs" MC-130J Combat Shadow II 11 Apr 2011
524th Special Operations Squadron Cannon AFB "Hounds" 6 October 2009
550th Special Operations Squadron
550 SOS.jpg
Kirtland AFB "Wolfpack" HC-130 King Bird, MC-130H Combat Talon II, MC-130P Combat Shadow[17]
551st Special Operations Squadron
551 SOS.jpg
Cannon AFB AC-130H, MC-130W 27 April 2007[18]
602d Special Operations Squadron Nahkon Phanom RTAFB A-1E/G/H/J Skyraider 1970[19]
606th Special Operations Squadron Nahkon Phanom RTAFB C-123 Provider, U-10 15 June 1971
609th Special Operations Squadron Nahkon Phanom RTAFB A-1E/G/H/J Skyraider 1 December 1969
711th Special Operations Squadron
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Duke Field MC-130E Combat Talon I[5]
745th Special Operations Squadron
745th Special Operations Squadron.jpg
Hurlburt Field RC-26 Provisional ANG unit[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "353 Special Operations Group". Air Force Special Operations Command. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ "2 Special Operations Squadron". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "27th Special Operations Group". Cannon Air Force Base. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  4. ^ "4th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  5. ^ a b "919th Special Operations Wing Fact Sheet". 919th Special Operations Wing. United States Air Force. April 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  6. ^ "6th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  7. ^ a b c "352nd Special Operations Group Fact Sheet". Air Force Special Operations Command. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  8. ^ "8th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  9. ^ "9th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  10. ^ "15th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  11. ^ "16th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  12. ^ "19th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  13. ^ Stevens, Philip. "Dust Devils Deactivated". Skycontrol. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  14. ^ "55th inactivation marks end of Pave Hawk era in AFSOC". BeachBrowser.com. 20 September 1999. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  15. ^ "71st Special Operations Squadron Fact Sheet". Air Education and Training Command. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  16. ^ "6th Special Operations Squadron". Hurlburt Field. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  17. ^ "505th Special Operations Squadron Fact Sheet". Air Education and Training Command. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  18. ^ Maier, Markus (2007-05-10). "551st Special Operations Squadron deactivates while Pave Lows continue exodus". Cannon Air Force Base. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  19. ^ "602nd Special Operations Squadron". The Official A-1 Skyraider Site. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  20. ^ Factsheets : Air Force Special Operations Training Center