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Hurlburt is home field for the 1st Special Operations Wing, dedicated to performing and supporting critical, high-security operations from drop to extraction, including precision fire, support strike, and other missions as needed, any time, any place.

1st Special Operations Wing (850) 884-7782
The 1st Special Operations Wing descends from the 6th Pursuit Group of the 1930s and World War II, which had ordinary duties of a fighter group of its time, patrolling the Panama Canal Zone and nearby Caribbean. The history and lineage of the 16th was assigned to the 1st Air Commando Group, assembled from experts from around the Army Air Forces, established specifically for the Pacific theater to perform long range air penetrations, resupply, airdrop, night missions, casualty evacuations, psyops drops, and precision air strikes against vital targets, all of which are still the sort of thing the 1 SOW still trains for and executes. The 1st Air Commando Group was inactivated in November 1945.
The unit was reactivated in 1961 and given the spectacularly uninteresting designation 4400th Combat Crew Training Squadron, for Cold War operations, mainly in southeast Asia, and soon redesignated the 1st Air Commando Wing. Since reactivation, under various designations, the 1st Special Operations Wing has continued essentially the same mission, with improvements in technology and constantly improved training.
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1 Special Operations Group
1 Special Operations Support Squadron 850-884-6676
4th Special Operations Squadron
Originally a transport squadron flying cargo planes for medical evacuation in World War II, the 4th converted to ground attack in Vietnam, by virtue of already having the heavy lifters and pilots necessary to fly gunship missions.
The 4th SOS flies the AC-130U Spooky gunship for precise heavy close air support gunfire. The gunship concept dates to the US involvement in Vietnam, where precise heavy firepower was a very popular solution to several combat situations. The ground troops loved this new airborne fire support, and nicknamed the AC-130U “Spooky,” Specter,” “Ghost,” and “Puff the Magic Dragon” - they tended to operate at night, flew relatively slowly and fairly far away, breathed steady fire, and blew off a lot of fire and smoke. If the troops were impressed, imagine how the enemy reacted. The 4th SOS continues to fly the Spooky in support of combat operations wherever needed.
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8th Special Operations Squadron
The 8th Special Operation Squadron was established as the 8th Aero Squadron in 1917, at Kelly Field, TX, and has been flying ever since, a continuous operational record of nearly one hundred years. First established to fly in World War I, the 8th Squadron flew short range tactical reconnaissance missions to locate and photograph enemy positions for artillery targeting and confirm damage. They only flew for a few months of the last part of the war, as it turned out, but in the course of this mission pilots of the 8th shot down 4 enemy aircraft and ran some of the first American aerial bombing runs.
Between the wars, the 8th patrolled the US-Mexico border and refined flight operation, particularly experimenting with ground attack planes, became the 8th Attack Squadron, then just before the war became the 8th Bomb Squadron.
The 8th Bomb Squadron was deployed to Australia early in 1942, where they participated as dive bombers in the defense of that dominion and counter-offensives against Japanese targets in New Guinea. The 8th suffered through plane failures, supply problems, general shortages, and being seconded to other units. Despite these problems, the 8th earned a DUC for the Papua Campaign, mainly flying A-20C Havoc dive bombers, striking from low altitudes at high speeds. This low-altitude mission continued in air campaigns through New Guinea, the Philippines, and Okinawa, finishing the war in A-26 Invaders. The 8th stayed in Japan after the war as part of the US occupation.
When the Korean War broke out, the 8th was still on occupation duty, and participated in some of the earliest sorties, the attack at Inchon, and as the war developed the suppression of North Korean truck transport, mainly on night attack. The North Koreans had discovered that moving freight by day was pointless - it got bombed promptly - and shifted to a night schedule. This left the attack mission to the few night attack squadrons, and they pulled double attack runs most nights, including the 8th Bomb Squadron. After the war, the 8th continued on in garrison duty in Korea until 1964, when the squadron was selected for inactivation.
In 1964 the 8th Bomb Squadron the inactivation was canceled and the 8th transferred to Vietnam, where it flew nighttime supply interdiction missions until withdrawal in 1972. The 8th was de-manned and de-equipped until 1974, when the unit was again saved from inactivation and redesignated the 8th Special Operations Squadron.
In the 1980s and 1990s the 8th SOS participated in the invasion of Grenada, the defense of Kuwait and invasion of Iraq, and in the 2000s in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, performing both attack and transport missions. Since 2006 the 8th SOS has flown the new CV-22 Osprey tiltrotor.
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9th Special Operations Squadron
What is today the 9th Special Operations Squadron started as the 39th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy, which specialized in incendiary bombing, and flew missions against Japan, starting in 1944 and continuing through the end of the war. The 39th was inactivated in 1948, due to post-war cuts. In 1951 the 39th was reactivated to fly B-29 Superfortresses and later flew B-36 Peacemakers and even later B-52 Stratofortresses for Strategic Air Command, with the ultimate incendiaries.
After Vietnam the squadron was inactivated. In 1985 the 39th Bombardment Squadron was consolidated on paper with the 9th Air Commando Squadron, which had flown various missions in Vietnam, from leaflet drop missions to search-and-rescue. The squadron was activated in 1988 to perform refueling and resupply missions for special operations, specializing in night operations.
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15th Special Operations Squadron (850) 884-3000/3005/1484
The 15th Special Operations Squadron was established as the 520th Bombardment Squadron (HeavY) in 1942, but was redesignated as the 15th Antisubmarine Squadron. The 15th AS patrolled against German subs until 1944, when the 15th was disbanded and reconstituted as the 15th Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), which flew fast low level bombing missions against the Japanese main islands, primarily against Japanese oil industry facilities. The 15th Bombardment Squadron was inactivated after the war.
In 1968 the unit was reactivated as the 15th Special Operations Squadron, which performed difficult to research missions in Vietnam in support of US combat. The 15th was deactivated after two years of operation, and reactivated in 1992 to perform global drop missions in all conditions.
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19th Special Operations Squadron (850) 881-2285
The 19th Special Operations Squadron was originally established as the 19th Bombardment Squadron, which initially performed anti-submarine patrols, then deployed to the fighting against Japanese forces in New Guinea, flying missions out of northern Australia against various targets, and advancing as Japanese forces were defeated or isolated.
After the war the 19th continued in operation, moving around the world on various training missions. At the opening of the Korean War the 19th was stationed in Okinawa, and flew sorties against North Korean targets for a few months, before returning to the US to train B-29 crews. In the Vietnam War the 19th was redesignated the 19th Air Commando Squadron, and pursued troop and cargo drops, and medical and humanitarian evacuations. In 1971 the 19th AIr Commando Squadron was inactivated. In 1996 the 19th was reactivated to conduct training for Special Operations crew, which mission it has performed since.
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34th Special Operations Squadron (850) 881-1920
319 Special Operations Squadron
23 Special Operations Weather Squadron
1 Special Operations Medical Group 850-881-2090/ 3916
1 Special Operations Mission Support Group 850-884-4445/8
1 Special Operations Civil Engineering Squadron 850-884-7703/7706
1 Special Operations Communications Squadron 850-884-4641/5089
1 Special Operations Contracting Squadron 850-884-5376
1 Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron (850) 884-7758/4174
1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron
1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron (850) 884-4239
1st Special Operations Maintenance Group 850) 884-7827
1 Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (850) 884-7574
1 Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron 850-884-6482/2586/6478
1 Special Ops Component Maintenance Squadron (850) 884-5365
801 Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (850) 881-2603
901st Special Operations AIrcraft Maintenance Squadrons
10th Combat Weather Squadron (850) 884-3423
11th Intelligence Squadron 850-884-2013/5471
14th Weapons Squadron 850-881-2551/2523
18th Flight Test Squadron (18 FLTS) (850) 884-6924
23d Special Tactics Squadron 850-881-2276/2762
24th Special Operations Wing (850) 884-8083/8084
25th Intelligence Squadron 850-884-4139/2888
2nd Combat Weather Systems Squadron 850-881-5700/2500
361 ISR Group (850) 884-4139
371 Special Operations Combat Training Squadron (850) 884-2637/1406/7533/2897
373 TRS/Detachment 7 (850) 884-6550
39 Intelligence Operations Squadron (850) 884-3939
413 Flight Test Squadron 850-884-3589
556 RED HORSE Squadron (850) 881-1956
605 Test and Evaluation Squadron (850) 884-9102
373 TRS/Detachment 7 (850) 884-6550
39 Intelligence Operations Squadron (850) 884-3939
413 Flight Test Squadron 850-884-3589
556 RED HORSE Squadron (850) 881-1956
605 Test and Evaluation Squadron (850) 884-9102
705th Training Squadron (850) 884-4367
720 Special Tactics Group (850) 884-2281
823 Red Horse Squadron (850) 881-2320
9th Field Investigation Squadron 850-884-6102
AFOTEC Det 5 Ol-HF Chief (850) 884-4890
AFOTEC Det 5 Ol-HF Deputy Chief (850) 884-4886
AFOTEC Det 5 Ol-HF Admin: (850) 884-4890
Air Force Special Operations Command 850-884-5790

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