1st Special Operations Group
Published May 23, 2013
The 1st Special Operations Group (1st SOG), located at Hurlburt Field, Fla., is one of four groups assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing. The group plans, prepares, and executes special operations and security assistance worldwide in support of theater commanders.
In order to accomplish its special operations mission, the group employs more than 55 fixed-wing and tilt-rotor aircraft to provide day or night, all-weather access to hostile and/or denied airspace.
More than 1,400 people are assigned to the group. There are 8 squadrons within the group:
- 1st Special Operations Support Squadron
- 4th Special Operations Squadron, AC-130U Spooky Gunship
- 23rd Weather Squadron
- 8th Special Operations Squadron, CV-22 Osprey
- 15th Special Operations Squadron, MC-130H Combat Talon II
- 34th Special Operations Squadron, U-28A
- 319th Special Operations Squadron, U-28A
- 1st Special Operations Group, Detachment 1
- 11th Intelligence Squadron
Along with a standardization and evaluation division, weapons and tactics and administrative staff, the group stands ready to respond - "Any Time, Any Place."
Established as 1st Special Operations Group on 21 Sep 1992. Activated on 22 Sep 1992. Resdesignated 16th Operations Group on 1 Oct 1993; 1st Special Operations Group on 16 Nov 2006.
1st Special Operations (later, 16th Special Operations then back to 1st Special Operations) Wing, 22 Sep 1992-.
Hurlburt Field, FL, 22 Sep 1992-.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers
Gallant Unit Citation
6 Oct 01-30 May 03
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
1 Jun 97-31 May 99
1 Jul 03-1 Jun 05
1 Sep 06-30 Jun 07
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
22 Sep 92-15 Apr 94
1 Jun 95-31 May 97
1 Jun 97-31 May 99
1 Jul 99-30 Jun 01
1 Jul 01-30 Jun 03
1 Sep 04-31 Aug 06
The emblem of the 1st Special Operations Group is that of the 1st Special Operations Wing with the group designation in the scroll. It is symbolic of the organization's history and mission. The blue background represents the sky and the United States Air Force. The 13 red and white stripes stand for the nation's original 13 colonies, the first American force to engage in war to defend freedom. The silver dagger is winged to indicate the 1st Special Operations Wing brings force through the air. A golden lamp of knowledge reflects the wing's civic action role and indicates that members of the 1st Special Operations Wing serve as teachers, as well as warriors, in helping our allies determine their own way of life and form of government.