| United States|
| Special Operations|
| 1944–1946; 1965–1969; 1994–present|
United States Air Force
Air Force Reserve Command
The 5th Special Operations Squadron is part of the 919th Special Operations Wing. The 5th is based at Hurlburt Field, Florida. It operates U-28 aircraft providing special operations capability.
5th Special Operations Squadron Wikipedia
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.
It conducted psychological operations and humanitarian programs during the Vietnam War from, 1965–1969.
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.
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom5th 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
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
2d Combat Cargo Group, 1 May 1944 – 15 January 1946
Pacific Air Forces, 2 August 1965 (not organized
2d Air Division, 8 August 1965
14th Air Commando Wing (later 14th Special Operations Wing), 8 March 1966 – 15 October 1969
919th Operations Group (later 919th Special Operations Group), 1 December 1994 – present
Syracuse Army Air Base, New York, 1 May 1944
Baer Field, Indiana, 9 - 27 October 1944
Biak, Netherlands East Indies, November 1944
Dulag Airfield, Leyte, Philippines, 15 May 1945
Okinawa, 16 August 1945
Yokota Air Base, Japan, September 1945 - 15 January 1946
Nha Trang Air Base, South Vietnam, 8 August 1965
Tuy Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, 5 September - 15 October 1969
Duke Field, Florida, 1 December 1994
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, 1 October 1999
Hurlburt Field, Florida, 26 January 2009 - present