5th Special Operations Squadron

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5th Special Operations Squadron
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U-28A as flown by the squadron
Active 1944–1946; 1965–1969; 1994–present
Country  United States
Branch  United States Air Force
Role Special Operations
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Hurlburt Field
Motto(s) Truth Shall Make Them Free
Engagements Vietnam War
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation
Gallant Unit Citation
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
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The 5th Special Operations Squadron is part of the 919th Special Operations Wing. The 5th is based at Hurlburt Field,[2] Florida. It operates U-28 aircraft providing special operations capability.


The 5th Special Operations Squadron provides an Instructor cadre for the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center's U-28, AC-130U, MC-130H, C-145, C-146 and Combat Aviation Advisor programs. It also provides intratheater support to Special Operations Forces worldwide in support of National Command Authorities taskings.

The 5th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., is a Total Force Integration unit whose members participate in the Active Duty mission of the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center at Hurlburt. While 5th SOS members perform duty at Hurlburt as part of AFSOWC, the squadron administratively falls under the 919th Special Operations Wing, a USAF Reserve unit headquartered at Duke Field, Fla.


The 5th transported men and supplies to and evacuated casualties from forward areas in Southwest and Western Pacific from, December 1944 – September 1945.[1]

A 5th SOS U-10B over Vietnam, 1969.

It conducted psychological operations and humanitarian programs during the Vietnam War from, 1965–1969.[1]

It has trained for special operations, inflight refueling of special operations helicopters, and resupply missions, using modified C-130 aircraft since 1995. The 5th has periodically deployed to support special operations contingency operations worldwide.[1]


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Vietnam War

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Operation Enduring Freedom

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Operation Iraqi Freedom[3]


5th Combat Cargo Squadron
  • Constituted as the 5th Combat Cargo Squadron on 25 April 1944
Activated on 1 May 1944
Inactivated on 15 January 1946
  • Disbanded on 8 October 1948
  • Reconstituted and consolidated with the 5th Special Operations Squadron as the 5th Special Operations Squadron on 19 September 1985[1]
5th Special Operations Squadron
  • Constituted as the 5th Air Commando Squadron (Psychological Operation) and activated on 2 August 1965 (not organized)
Organized on 8 August 1965
Redesignated 5 Special Operations Squadron on 1 August 1968
Inactivated on 15 October 1969
  • Consolidated with the 5th Combat Cargo Squadron on 19 September 1985
  • Activated in the Reserve on 1 December 1994[1]





  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Robertson, Patsy (June 13, 2011). "Factsheet 5 Special Operations Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved November 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Reservist training
  3. ^ "Factsheet 919th Special Operations Wing". 919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. April 2008. Archived from the original on 6 September 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2016. [not in citation given]


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

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