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551ST SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON

Posted 12/21/2006 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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551st Special Operations Squadron
551st Special Operations Squadron
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Commander:
Lt. Col Todd R. "Burt" Lancaster
551 SOS/CC


Mission Statement
To provide combat ready MH-53J/M aircrews to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

Unit History
Lineage:
Designated the 1551st Flying Training Squadron and activated on 1 Apr 1971. Re-designated as the 551st Flying Training Squadron on 1 Oct 1991 and finally as its current designation on 1 Apr 1994.

Assignments:
1 Apr 1971 1550th Aircrew Training and Test Wing, 1550th Combat Crew Training Wing, Hill AFB, UT
1 Oct 1991 542d Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, NM
1 Apr 1994 to Present 58th Operations Group, Kirtland AFB, NM

Unit Stations:
1 Apr 1971 Hill AFB, UT
15 Mar 1976 to Present Kirtland AFB, NM

Aircraft Flown:
1971 to 1975 HH-43 Huskie
1971 to 1987 HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant
1971 to 1992 HH-3 Jolly Green Giant
1973 to 1987 HC-130 Hercules
1987 to 1994 UH-1 Iroquois
1990 to 1994 HH-60 Pave Hawk
1994 to Present MH-53J Pave Low III

Operational Mission: Conduct helicopter flying training as well as support special operations contingencies, exercises, and humanitarian rescue missions.

Unit Awards
Service Streamers:
None

Campaign Streamers:
None

Decorations:
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
1 Apr 1974 to 31 May 1976
1 Apr 1976 to 31 Mar 1978
1 Jul 1985 to 30 Jun 1987
1 Jul 1987 to 30 Jun 1989
1 Jan 1993 to 30 Jun 1994
1 Jul 1994 to 31 Dec 1995
1 Jul 1996 to 30 Jun 1998
1 Jul 1998 to 30 Jun 2000
1 Jul 2001 to 30 Jun 2002
1 Jul 2002 to 30 Jun 2003


To contact the 551 SOS, call DSN: 263-5904, Commercial (505) 853-5904, or e-mail.




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