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5th Special Operations Squadron

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Country  United States
Garrison/HQ  Hurlburt Field
Role  Special Operations
5th Special Operations Squadron
Active  1944–1946; 1965–1969; 1994–present
Branch  United States Air Force
Part of  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.



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.

Vietnam War

Operation Enduring Freedom

Operation Iraqi Freedom


5th 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
  • Assignments

  • 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
  • Stations

  • 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
  • References

    5th Special Operations Squadron Wikipedia