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Special Operations Security Forces Squadrons

Special Operations Security Forces Squadrons (SOSFS) provide force protection for AFSOC special operations squadrons wherever they are deployed.

SOSFS provide entry control, compound security, armed response and police services for garrisoned AFSOC units. Like Air Force Emergency Services Teams (EST), SOSFS armed response units are trained to deal with crisis situations such as active shooters, terrorist attacks, sniper incidents etc. They regularly train with local civilian law enforcement SWAT units.

Special Operations Security Forces Squadrons Organization

Acftive Duty units:

  • 1st Special Operations Security Squadron (1 SOSFS)
    1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW) - Hulbert Field, FLA

  • 27th Special Operations Security Squadron (27 SOSFS)
    27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW) - Cannon AFB, N.M.

Air Force Reserve units:

  • 919th Special Operations Security Squadron (919th SOSFS)
    919th Special Operations Wing (919th SOW) - Duke's Field, FLA
Special Operations Security Squadrons
Members of the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron secure a hallway during active shooter training.
DoD photo by U. S. Air Force Senior Airman Matthew Loken

Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element

Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Elements (DAGRE) are specially-trained detachments from Special Operations Security Forces Squadrons which provide, as needed, force protection for AFSOC special operations squadrons when they deploy away from their home base, including in non-permissive environments. Some DAGRE Airmen have received certification in the Air Force's PHOENIX RAVEN program which focuses on the protection of Air Mobility Command aircraft at high risk locations.

DAGRE Training

The DAGRE qualification is awarded to SOSFS Airmen who have undergone the following training:

  • AF certified AT level II Course
  • Introduction to Special Operations Course
  • SOF-FAST Course (Fly-Away Security Team)
  • SOSF Communications Course
  • SOSF Combatives Course
  • SOSF Tactics Course
  • SOSF Tactical Vehicle Operations Course
  • SOSF DAGRE Qualification Course

DAGRE Video

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1 SOSFS INSIGNIA
1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron insignia


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