17th Special Operations Squadron

17th Special Operations Squadron

17th Special Operations Squadron Patch
Active 2 March 1942 – 27 April 1946
20 October 1952 – 25 September 1953
1 June 1969 – 30 September 1971
1 April 1989 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations
Part of Air Force Special Operations Command
353d Special Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Kadena Air Base
Motto(s) No Mission Too Demanding
Mascot(s) Jackal
Decorations DUC
AFOUA w/V Device
RVGC w/ Palm

The 17th Special Operations Squadron (17 SOS) is part of the 353d Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan. It operates MC-130J Commando II aircraft providing special operations capability. Air crews are specially trained in day and night, low-level delivery of troops and equipment via airdrop or airland operations and flying using night vision goggles.


Deliver troops and equipment into denied areas during adverse weather conditions at night by airdrop or landing.[1]


The 17th flew antisubmarine patrols off west coast of US from, c. May–c. September 1942 then went on to fly combat missions in Southwest and Western Pacific from, 28 January 1944 – 25 July 1945.[2]

The squadron was activated but unmanned from, 1952–1953. It flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from, 1 June 1969 – 30 September 1971.

Throughout its history, the unit has been extremely active in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. The 17th aided in Baguio Earthquake relief missions in the Republic of the Philippines from 16 –31 July 1990. In 2005, the unit supported Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE, the relief effort from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. In 2011, the unit supported Operation TOMODACHI, the relief effort from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011. In 2013, the unit supported Operation DAMAYAN, the relief effort from Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Republic of the Philippines.[2]



17th Reconnaissance Squadron

Activated on 2 March 1942
Redesignated 17th Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942
Redesignated 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment) on 2 April 1943
Inactivated on 27 April 1946

17th Liaison Squadron

Activated on 20 October 1952
Inactivated on 25 September 1953

17th Special Operations Squadron

Activated on 1 June 1969
Inactivated on 30 September 1971
Activated on 1 August 1989



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