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343rd Special Operations Group intro

The 353rd Special Operations Group is the focal point for all U.S. Air Force special operations activities throughout the USPACOM theater. The group is comprised of more than 800 Airmen and five squadrons.

  1st Special Operations Squadron

The 1st Special Operations Squadron operates the MC-130H Combat Talon II aircraft in support of joint and allied special operations forces. This aircraft is capable of delivering troops and equipment into denied areas during adverse weather conditions at night by airdrop or landing. Air crews are specially trained in night, low-level flying using night vision goggles.   

  17th Special Operations Squadron

The 17th Special Operations Squadron flies the MC-130J Commando II. The Commando II flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces (SOF) by airdrop or airland intruding politically sensitive or hostile territories. The MC-130J primarily flies missions at night to reduce probability of visual acquisition and intercept by airborne threats.

 Det 1, 43rd Intelligence Squadron 

Detachment 1 of the 43rd Intelligence Squadron provides dedicated, real-time threat warning and enhanced situational awareness in support of Air Force Special Operations command. The unit serves as the conduit between the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency and provides maintenance and support to the mission of the 353rd SOG.

   320th Special Tactics Squadron

The 320th Special Tactics Squadron pararescuemen and combat controllers, provide for the establishment of drop and landing zones, air traffic control to the landing zone, combat medical care and evacuation, and combat search and rescue for both fixed and rotary wing assets.

   353rd Special Ops Maint Squadron

The 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron provides the majority of off-aircraft and "back shop" maintenance for the assets of the 353rd SOG. The diversity of aircraft and missions in the 353rd creates unique challenges for the personnel of this squadron. The SOMXS also contains the majority of the supply function for the group.
  353rd Special Ops Support Squadron

The 353rd Special Operations Support Squadron contains and operates the logistics and operations planning support functions for the entire group. The squadron also contains and maintains all of the communications assets assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Group. The squadron also contains the intelligence function for the group. In contingency operations and wartime actions, the SOSS becomes the group commander's combat staff.