The 353rd Special Operations Group is an integral part of the Air Force Special Operations Command and is home-based at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The group is comprised of more than 800 Airmen and is the only Air Force Special Operations unit in the Pacific.
The 353rd Special Operations Group is the focal point for special operations aviation activities throughout the Pacific. Under operational control of the commander, Special Operations Command Pacific, the 353rd SOG plans and executes general war and contingency operations using advanced aircraft, tactics and techniques to infiltrate, exfiltrate, resupply and support special operations forces.
Its mission is to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and enablers to execute the full spectrum of the SOF mission. It maintains a worldwide mobility commitment, participates in Pacific theater exercises as directed and supports humanitarian and relief operations.
Additionally, the group develops wartime and contingency plans, which effectively use the full range of fixed wing capabilities, to include the infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of U.S. and allied special operations forces.
The primary peacetime responsibility of the 353rd SOG is to oversee the training and maintenance of its assigned units. The group ensures the combat readiness of these units through comprehensive involvement in numerous theater and Joint Chiefs of Staff -directed military exercises and training activities throughout the Pacific.
The 353rd SOG comprises the U.S. Air Force's special operations air arm of the Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), a subunified command to the U.S. Pacific Command.