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17th Special Operations Squadron
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17th Special Operations Squadron Patch
Active 2 March 1942 – 27 April 1946
20 October 1952 – 25 September 1953
1 June 1969 – 30 September 1971
1 April 1989 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Special Operations
Part of Air Force Special Operations Command
353d Special Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Kadena Air Base
Motto(s) No Mission Too Demanding
Mascot(s) Jackal
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/V Device
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg PPUC
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm

The 17th Special Operations Squadron (17 SOS) is part of the 353d Special Operations Group at Kadena Air Base, Japan. It operates MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft providing special operations capability. Air crews are specially trained in day and night, low-level delivery of troops and equipment via airdrop or airland operations and flying using night vision goggles.

Mission[]

Deliver troops and equipment into denied areas during adverse weather conditions at night by airdrop or landing.[1]

History[]

The 17th flew antisubmarine patrols off west coast of US from, c. May–c. September 1942 then went on to fly combat missions in Southwest and Western Pacific from, 28 January 1944 – 25 July 1945.[2]

The squadron was activated but unmanned from, 1952–1953. It flew combat missions in Southeast Asia from, 1 June 1969 – 30 September 1971. The 17th also aided in disaster relief missions in the Philippines, 16 –31 July 1990.[2]

Operations[3][]

Lineage[2][]

17th Reconnaissance Squadron

  • Constituted as 17th Observation Squadron (Light) on 5 February 1942
Activated on 2 March 1942
Redesignated 17th Observation Squadron on 4 July 1942
Redesignated 17th Reconnaissance Squadron (Bombardment) on 2 April 1943
Inactivated on 27 April 1946
  • Consolidated with 17th Liaison Squadron and 17th Special Operations Squadron as 17th Special Operations Squadron on 19 September 1985

17th Liaison Squadron

  • Constituted as 17th Liaison Squadron on 19 September 1952
Activated on 20 October 1952
Inactivated on 25 September 1953
  • Consolidated with 17th Reconnaissance Squadron and 17th Special Operations Squadron as 17th Special Operations Squadron on 19 September 1985

17th Special Operations Squadron

  • Constituted as 17th Special Operations Squadron on 11 April 1969
Activated on 1 June 1969
Inactivated on 30 September 1971
  • Consolidated with 17th Reconnaissance Squadron and 17th Liaison Squadron on 19 September 1985 (remained inactie)
Activated on 1 August 1989

Assignments[]

reference[2]

Bases stationed[2][]

  • Providence, Rhode Island, 2 March 1942
  • Salinas Army Air Base, California, 2 March 1942
  • Esler Field, Louisiana, 24 January 1943
  • Laurel Army Air Field, Mississippi, 31 March 1943 – 24 September 1943
  • Milne Bay, New Guinea, 6 November 1943
  • Dobodura, New Guinea, 22 November 1943
  • Finschhafen, New Guinea, March 1944 – 30 June 1944 (air echelon at Wakde, New Guinea 25 May 1944 – 10 June 1944 and at Biak, New Guinea after 27 June 1944)
  • Biak, New Guineam 29 July 1944
  • Tacloban, Philippines, 2 November 1944 (air echelon primarily at Biak, New Guinea until ca. 23 December 1944, then at San Jose, Philippines

Aircraft[2][]

References[]

Notes[]

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See also[]


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