5th Special Operations Squadron
|5th Special Operations Squadron
U-28A as flown by the squadron
|Active||1944–1946; 1965–1969; 1994–present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Part of||Air Force Reserve Command|
|Motto(s)||Truth Shall Make Them Free|
Presidential Unit Citation |
Gallant Unit Citation
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
|5th Special Operations Squadron emblem (approved 5 August 1966, modified 4 January 2008)|
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Robertson, Patsy (June 13, 2011). "Factsheet 5 Special Operations Squadron (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- Reservist training
- "Factsheet 919th Special Operations Wing". 919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. April 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
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- "5th Special Operations Squadron Fact Sheet". 919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. August 2, 2012. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
- "919th Special Operations Wing Fact Sheet". 919th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs. September 6, 2013. Archived from the original on March 24, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2016.