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The 353rd Special Operations Group traces its origins to the 3rd Air Commando Group and the 553rd Reconnaissance Wing.  The 353rd SOG was activated as the 353rd Special Operations Wing at Clark Air Base in the Philippines April 6, 1989.  In 1992 the Air Force radically reorganized in order to drawdown the size of headquarters staffs. During the process the 353rd SOW was re-designated the 353rd Special Operations Group, effective Dec. 1, 1992.

 

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  • 1st Special Operations Squadron History

    The 1st Special Operations Squadron traces its heritage back to the 1st Pursuit Squadron which activated on Aug. 1, 1939, at Maxwell Field, Ala. The unit was re-designated the 1st Pursuit Squadron (Interceptor) Dec. 6 later that same year. The squadron was utilized for gunnery testing and training and was assigned to the 23rd Composite Group which
  • 353rd Special Operations Group History

    The 353rd Special Operations Group traces its origins to the 3rd Air Commando Group which activated on May 1, 1944. The 3rd ACG was one of three Air Force special operations units created during World War II to operate independently deep behind enemy lines. The group flew a mixture of aircraft to accomplish their mission: P-51 Mustangs, C-47
  • 353rd Special Operations Group

    The 353d 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.MissionThe 353d Special Operations Group is the focal point for special operations aviation
  • 17th Special Operations Squadron History

    17th SOS HistoryThe 17th Special Operations Squadron traces its heritage back to World War II when the unit was activated as the 17th Observation Squadron (Light) on March 2, 1942. The squadron performed antisubmarine patrols off the west coast of the United States from May through September 1942. The squadron was re-designated the 17th
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