1st Special Operations Group By The 1st Special Operations Group (1st SOG) is one of four groups assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Mission 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. Organizations 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-130J Ghostrider Gunship - 8th Special Operations Squadron, CV-22 Osprey - 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron - 15th Special Operations Squadron, MC-130H Combat Talon II - 23rd Special Operations Weather Squadron - 34th Special Operations Squadron, U-28A - 65th Special Operations Squadron, MQ-9 Reaper - 73rd Special Operations Squadron. AC-130J Ghostrider Gunship - 319th Special Operations Squadron, U-28A Along with a standardization and evaluation division, weapons and tactics and administrative staff, the group stands ready to respond - "Any Time, Any Place." Lineage Established as 1st Special Operations Group on Sept, 21, 1992. Activated on Sept. 22, 1992. Redesignated 16th Operations Group on Oct. 1, 1993; 1st Special Operations Group on Nov. 16, 2006. Assignments 1st Special Operations (later, 16th Special Operations then back to 1st Special Operations) Wing, Sept. 22, 1992-. Stations Hurlburt Field, Florida, Sept. 22, 1992 -. Honors Service Streamers None Campaign Streamers None Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers None Decorations Gallant Unit Citation 6 Oct 2001 - 30 May 2003 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device June 1, 1997 - May 31, 1999 July 1, 2003 - June 1, 2005 Sept. 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards Sept, 22, 1992 - April 15, 1994 Jun 1, 1995 - May 31, 1997 June 1, 1997 - May 31, 1999 July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2001 July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2003 Sept, 1, 2004 - Aug. 31, 2006 Emblem The emblem of the 1st SOG is that of the 1st SOW 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 SOW brings force through the air. A golden lamp of knowledge reflects the wing's civic action role and indicates that members of the 1st SOW serve as teachers, as well as warriors, in helping our allies determine their own way of life and form of government.