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5th Special Operations Squadron
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Active 1 May 1944 – 15 January 1946
2 August 1965 – 15 October 1969
1 December 1994 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations
Part of Air Force Reserve Command
10th Air Force
919th Special Operations Wing
919th Special Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Eglin Air Force Base
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The 5th Special Operations Squadron (5 SOS) is part of the 919th Special Operations Wing. The 5th is based at Hurlburt Field,[1] 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 Training Center's U-28 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 Training Center at Hurlburt. While 5th SOS members perform duty at Hurlburt as part of AFSOTC, the squadron administratively falls under the 919th Special Operations Wing, a USAF Reserve unit headquartered at Duke Field, Fla. Lt. Col. Pat Ryan is the current commander.


The 5th transported men and supplies to and evacuated casualties from forward areas in Southwest and Western Pacific from, December 1944 – September 1945.[2]

It conducted psychological operations and humanitarian programs during the Vietnam War from, 1965–1969.[2]

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.[2]


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Vietnam War

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Operation Enduring Freedom

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Operation Iraqi Freedom


  • 5th Combat Cargo Squadron (1944–1965)
  • 5th Air Commando Squadron (Psychological Operation) (1965–1968)
  • 5th Special Operations Squadron (1968 – present)


Bases stationed[2]

A 5th SOS U-10B over Vietnam, 1969.

Aircraft Operated[2]


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