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1st Special Service Force

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1st Special Service Force
Heroic Photograph of a member of the First Special Service Force during mountain training. (Source: unknown.)
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Unit Profile

The 1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW) at Hurlburt Field, Florida is one of two United States Air Force active duty Special Operations wings and falls under the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC).

The 1st Special Operations Wing is a successor organization of the 16th Pursuit Group, one of the 15 original combat air groups formed by the Army before World War II.

Many modern American and Canadian Special Forces units trace their heritage to this unit.


  • Direct action
  • Strategic reconnaissance

Raised and Disbanded

  • Raised: April 20th 1942
  • Disbanded: January 6th 1945


  • Headquarters Detachment
  • 1st Special Service Regiment
  • 2nd Special Service Regiment
  • 3rd Special Service Regiment


  • Various

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