Field, Kentucky, and the 125th Special Tactics Squadron based at Portland International Airport, Oregon, are Air National Guard gained units that augment the 24 SOW in support of national security objectives, combat operations, humanitarian efforts and training. 27th Special Operations Wing (27 SOW) The 27 SOW is located at Cannon AFB, New Mexico, and includes the units depicted in Figure 5-4. Figure 5-4. 27th Special Operations Wing Mission The 27 SOW’s mission is to plan and execute specialized and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics, and air refueling techniques to infiltrate, ex- filtrate, and resupply SOF and to provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and CAS in support of SOF operations. 352nd Special Operations Wing (352 SOW) The 352 SOW at RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom, is the designated Air Force component for SOCEUR. Mission The mission of the 352 SOW is to act as the focal point for all USAF special operations activities throughout the European Command AOR. The group is prepared to con- duct a variety of high-priority, low-visibility missions supporting U.S. and allied SOF throughout the Euro- pean theater during peacetime, joint operations exer- cises, and combat operations. The 352 SOW develops 27th Special Operations Wing Cannon AFB, NM 27th Special Operations Medical Group 27th Special Operations Maintenance Group 27th Special Operations Group 27th Special Operations Mission Support Group 9 SOS MC-130J 33 SOS MQ-9 524 SOS C-146 27 SOSS 318 SOS U-28 3 SOS* MQ-1 20 SOS CV-22 73 SOS AC-130W 56 SOIS OL-A Pope AAF, NC OL-B Davis-Monthan, AZ *3 SOS is Classic Associate with 919 SOWs 2 SOS
5-12 June 2015 Special Operations Forces Reference Manual and executes peacetime and wartime contingency plans to effectively use fixed-wing, tilt-rotor, and personnel assets to conduct infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of U.S. and allied SOF. Organization The 352 SOW is the Air Force component for SOCEUR, a sub-unified command of the U.S. European Com- mand. The 352 SOW has two flying squadrons, a special tactics squadron, a special operations support squad- ron, and two maintenance squadrons. It includes the units depicted in Figure 5-5. 353rd Special Operations Group (353 SOG) The 353 SOG, headquartered at Kadena Air Base, Japan, is the Air Force component for SOCPAC. Mission The group’s mission is to act as the focal point for all USAF special operations activities throughout the Pacific. The group is prepared to conduct a variety of high-priority, low-visibility air support missions for joint and allied SOF in the region. It maintains a worldwide mobility commitment, participates in the- ater exercises, and supports humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. The group develops war- time and contingency plans to effectively use the full range of fixed-wing capabilities, to include infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of U.S. and allied SOF. The primary peacetime responsibility of the 353 SOG is to oversee the training and maintenance of its assigned units. The group ensures the combat readiness of these
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