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USAF Special Operations

United States Air Force Special Operations are carried out by a range of units with a number of different roles.

AFSOC

AFSOC

The majority of USAF Special Operations Forces come under control of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

Special Operations Squadrons

MARSOC

These Air Commandos operate fleets of specialised aircraft on a variety of missions.

 

6th Special Operations Squadron

6th SOS

AFSOC's Foreign Internal Defence (FID) specialists.

427th Special Operations Squadron 

427th

Secretive AFSOC unit that supports SOF and CIA operations.

 

Non-standard Aviation

NSA

AFSOC operates a fleet of intra-theater aircraft for covert operations.

Special Operations Low Level II

SOLL C-17A

Air Mobility Command C-17A Globemaster crews trained to support SOF.

 

Special Tactics

STS

Overview of the Special Tactics Teams (STTs) - AFSOC's Battlefield Airmen.

Combat Controllers

CCTs

AFSOC Combat Controllers (CCTs) survey airfields, marshall air traffic and call in air strikes.

 

Pararescumen

CCTs

Pararescue Jumpers (PJs) tasked with the recovery and medical treatment of personnel.

Combat Weathermen

SOWT

Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWTs) conduct behind-the-lines meteorological reconnaissance.

 

Tactical Air Control Parties

TACP

Tactical Air Control Party JTACs provide the link between SOF and attack aircraft.

Emergency Service Teams

EST

SWAT-style tactical teams that protect USAF installations.

 

Tactical Response Force

TRF

The Air Force's 'Nuclear SWAT Teams' who guard missiles, bombers and warheads.

SOSFS 

SOSFS

Special Operations Security Forces Squadrons (SOSFS) proovide force protection for AFSOC at home and abroad.

 

Special Operations Aircraft

AFSOC Air Commandos operate fleets of specialised aircraft on a variety of missions:

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AFSOC Video

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An AC-130 gunship as flown by Air Force Special Operations Squadrons
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