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Special Operations Squadrons

The Air Commandos of the various Special Operations Squadrons within Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) operate a range of specialized aircraft. Roles of AFSOC Special Operations Squadrons include :

  • insertion / extraction / resupply of ground units
  • airborne reconnaissance
  • close air support
  • refueling of special operations aircraft (both mid-air and on the ground)

Active frontline AFSOC Special Operations Squadrons:

  • 1st Special Operations Squadron
    out of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    flying MC-130H Combat Talon II


  • 2nd Special Operations Squadron
    (Air Force Reserve)
    out of Nellis AFB, Nevada
    flying MQ-1 Predator


  • 3rd Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying MQ-1 Predator


  • 4th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying AC-130U Spooky


  • 5th Special Operations Squadron
    (Air Force Reserve)
    out of Elgin AFB, FL
    flying U-28A


  • 6th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying UH-1N Huey, MI-8, C130-E, AN-26, C-47, C-145a


  • 7th Special Operations Squadron
    out of RAF Mildenhall, England
    flying CV-22 Osprey


  • 8th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying CV-22 Osprey


  • 9th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying MC-130J Commando II


  • 15th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying MC-130H Combat Talon II


  • 16th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying AC-130J Ghostrider


  • 17th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Kadena Air Base, Japan
    flying MC-130J Commando II


  • 20th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying CV-22 Osprey


  • 33rd Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying MQ-9 Reaper UAVs


  • 34th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying U-28A


  • 49th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Duke Field, FL
    flying C-146A Wolfhound


  • 67th Special Operations Squadron
    out of RAF Mildenhall, England
    flying MC-130J Commando II


  • 73rd Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying AC-130W Stinger II


  • 150th Special Operations Squadron
    Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
    flying Boeing C-32B


  • 193rd Special Operations Squadron
    (Air National Guard)
    out of Harrisburg Air National Guard Base, PA
    flying EC-130J Commano Solo


  • 318th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying U-28A


  • 319th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying U-28A


  • 427th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Pope AFB, North Carolina
    flying C212-200, C212-300, CN235, PC-6


  • 524th Special Operations Squadron
    out of Cannon AFB, NM
    flying C-146A Wolfhound


  • 711th Special Operations Squadron
    (Air Force Reserve)
    out of Hurlburt Field, FL
    flying C-145A Skytruck


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Featured SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON Photo
Ac-130 gunship photo
A MC-130H Combat Talon II operated by the 1st Special Operations Squadron out of Kaneda Airbase, Japan, lands at Sendai Airport during relief efforts in reposnse to the earthquake and tsunami of early 2011.
(click for fullsize)
more AFSOC aircraft photos
photo : US Dod


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