The 24th Special Operations Wing is one of three Air Force active duty special operations wings assigned to Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command. The 24 SOW is based at Hurlburt Field, Fla.
The primary mission of the 24 SOW is to provide Special Tactics forces for rapid global employment to enable airpower success. The 24 SOW is U.S. Special Operations Command's tactical air/ground integration force and the Air Force's special operations ground force to enable global access, precision strike and personnel recovery operations.
Core capabilities encompass: airfield reconnaissance, assessment, and control; personnel recovery; joint terminal attack control; and environmental reconnaissance.
Special Tactics is comprised of Special Tactics Officers, Combat Controllers, Combat Rescue Officers, Pararescuemen, Special Operations Weather Officers and Airmen, Air Liaison Officers, Tactical Air Control Party operators, and a number of combat support Airmen, which comprise 58 Air Force specialties.
These unique skills provide a full-spectrum, air-focused special operations capability to the combatant commander in order to ensure airpower success. With their unique skill sets, Special Tactics operators are often the first special operations elements deployed into crisis situations.
The 24 SOW has two operational groups, a training squadron, and 16 special operations recruiting liaison operating locations. Altogether, the wing has elements in 29 locations.
The 123rd Special Tactics Squadron based at Standiford Field, Ky., and the 125th Special Tactics Squadron based at Portland International Airport, Ore., are Air National Guard gained units that augment the 24 SOW in support of national security objectives, combat operations, humanitarian efforts and training.
720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla.: 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 17th Air Support Operations Squadron, Ft. Benning Ga. 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C. 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 720th Operations Support Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Special Tactics Training Squadron (STTS), Hurlburt Field Fla.: Delivering advanced and special tactics skills to Combat Control, Tactical Air Control Party, Special Operations Weather, Special Tactics, Pararescuemen, Security Forces, Combat Aviation Advisor, and Special Operations Medical elements. STTS is also responsible for operating the Special Operations Terminal Attack Controller Course in Yuma, AZ. SOTACC trains special operations forces from the Marines, Army, and USAF to become Joint Terminal Attack Controllers enabling them to plan, synchronize, and control close air support in the conduct of special operations missions.
Special Operations Recruiting Liaison Operating Locations (OL): OL-A, HQ 24 SOW, Hill Air Force Base, Utah OL-B, HQ 24 SOW, Lackland AFB, Tex. OL-C, HQ 24 SOW, New Cumberland, Penn. OL-D, HQ 24 SOW, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. OL-E, HQ 24 SOW, Encino, Calif. OL-F, HQ 24 SOW, Sacramento, Calif. OL-G, HQ 24 SOW, Colorado Springs, Colo. OL-H, HQ 24 SOW, Nashville, Tenn. OL-I, HQ 24 SOW, Syracuse, N.Y. OL-J, HQ 24 SOW, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio OL-K, HQ 24 SOW, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. OL-L, HQ 24 SOW, Des Moines, Iowa OL-M, HQ 24 SOW, Goldsboro, N.C. OL-N, HQ 24 SOW, Warner-Robbins Air Force Base, Ga. OL-O, HQ 24 SOW, Milwaukee, Wis. OL-P, HQ 24 SOW, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.