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The 27th Special Operations Wing is one of four Air Force active-duty special operations wings within Air Force Special Operations Command.

The primary mission of the 27th SOW is to execute specialized airpower from a premier installation.

The wing’s core missions include close air support; agile combat support; information operations; precision strike, forward presence and engagement; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations; and specialized mobility.

The 27th SOW is a pivotal component of AFSOC’s ability to provide and conduct special operations missions ranging from precision application of firepower to infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and refueling of special operations forces. In addition, the 27th SOW brings distinctive intelligence capabilities to the fight, including ISR, predictive analysis and targeting expertise to joint special operations forces and combat search-and-rescue operations.

The wing is composed of four groups and various staff agencies. The 27th Special Operations Group provides operational support to flying operations and directs the deployment, employment, training and planning for squadrons that operate the AC-130W, MC-130J, CV-22, U-28A and MQ-9. The mission support group provides combat support and base sustainment services as well as recreational activities for the base populace. The maintenance group is responsible for flight line and back shop maintenance of base aircraft, as well as contract oversight of civilian maintenance on three nonstandard aviation program aircraft types. The medical group ensures a healthy, fit and deployable active-duty force and provides medical care to area beneficiaries. Wing staff agencies supply command management and numerous services to base personnel. Staff agencies include the Comptroller Squadron, Public Affairs, the Inspector General, Wing Safety, the base historian, the chapel and more.


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