7th Special Operations Squadron

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The 7th Special Operations Squadron is an active flying unit of the United States Air Force.wikipedia
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RAF Mildenhall

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It is a component of the 752d Special Operations Group (752 SOG), United States Special Operations Command, and is currently based at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall in Suffolk, UK. From their base at RAF Mildenhall, the 7th Special Operations Squadron is able to deploy or extract troops from hostile, sensitive, or otherwise undesirable locations.
7th Special Operations Squadron (Lockheed MC-130 Talon II and Bell Boeing CV-22 Osprey aircraft)

322d Tactical Airlift Wing

At Rhein-Main, the squadron came under the 322d Tactical Airlift Wing (USAFE).
In March 1973, the wing gained the 7th Special Operations Squadron, equipped with C-47, UH-1H, and C-130E aircraft, which was reassigned from the 26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Ramstein Air Base when the 26th moved to Zweibrücken AB. All but the C-130s were transferred a few months later, to conduct unconventional warfare operations in Europe.

752d Special Operations Group

It is a component of the 752d Special Operations Group (752 SOG), United States Special Operations Command, and is currently based at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall in Suffolk, UK. From their base at RAF Mildenhall, the 7th Special Operations Squadron is able to deploy or extract troops from hostile, sensitive, or otherwise undesirable locations.
7th Special Operations Squadron (CV-22 Osprey)

Operation Ivory Coast

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From 28 August until the end of November 1970, a 13-man 7th SOS crew, commanded by Major Irl L. Franklin, participated in the preparation and execution of the Son Tay Raid, which was an attempt to liberate POWs held in North Vietnam.

Air Force Special Operations Command

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On 22 May 1990, the Air Force Special Operations Command was established as a major command with its headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Florida, replacing 23d Air Force in the unit's chain of command.
7th Special Operations Squadron, CV-22B Osprey

Sembach Kaserne

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The 7th Special Operations Squadron (SOS) was activated on 1 July 1964 as the 7th Air Commando Squadron (7 ACS/USAFE) at Sembach Air Base, West Germany.
The 603d Air Base Wing was activated after the departure of the 38th to administer Sembach Air Base and to perform a mission of support for the 601st Tactical Control Group (TCG) and the 7th Air Commando Squadron.

352d Special Operations Wing

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When the 2nd Air Division was inactivated, the 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida picked up the 7th SOS for training and logistics support.
7th Special Operations Squadron equipped with CV-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft

7499th Support Group

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In 1977, the 7575th Operations Group was formed at Rhein-Main, realigning the 7th SOS under its control, until March 1983, when the 7th SOS transferred from USAFE to Military Airlift Command.
In 1977, when the 7575th Operations Group was formed at Rhein-Main AB, HQ USAFE realigned the 7th Special Operations Squadron under its control, until March 1983, when the 7th SOS transferred from USAFE to Military Airlift Command (MAC).

Lockheed MC-130

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Major changes in the squadron began in the summer of 1968 when MC-130 aircraft replaced C-123s, U-10s, and part of the C-47 force.
7th Special Operations Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany;

86th Airlift Wing

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86th Tactical Fighter Wing, 31 January 1973
7th Special Operations Squadron: 31 January – 15 March 1973 (detached)

United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa

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In May 1967, command of the squadron was transferred from USAFE to 17th Air Force.
7th Special Operations Squadron (CV-22 Osprey)

26th Information Operations Wing

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26th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, 17 November 1972
7th Special Operations Squadron: 17 March 1972 – 31 January 1973

601st Tactical Control Wing

601st Air Base Wing
601st Tactical Control Wing, 15 October 1975
7th Special Operations Squadron, 15 October 1975 - 1 July 1977

Rhein-Main Air Base

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In September 1972, while deployed for Operation Flintlock V, the squadron was notified by USAFE that it would leave Ramstein the following March and move to Rhein-Main AB near the city of Frankfurt, Germany.
With the relocation of the 7406th to Greece, the 7th Special Operations Squadron was moved from Ramstein to Rhein-Main as one of the units shuffled as part of operation Creek Action.

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey

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The squadron flies the CV-22 Osprey.
7th Special Operations Squadron

United States Air Force

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The 7th Special Operations Squadron is an active flying unit of the United States Air Force.

United States Special Operations Command

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It is a component of the 752d Special Operations Group (752 SOG), United States Special Operations Command, and is currently based at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall in Suffolk, UK. From their base at RAF Mildenhall, the 7th Special Operations Squadron is able to deploy or extract troops from hostile, sensitive, or otherwise undesirable locations.

Royal Air Force

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It is a component of the 752d Special Operations Group (752 SOG), United States Special Operations Command, and is currently based at Royal Air Force Station Mildenhall in Suffolk, UK. From their base at RAF Mildenhall, the 7th Special Operations Squadron is able to deploy or extract troops from hostile, sensitive, or otherwise undesirable locations.

Third Air Force

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As the 27th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, the unit was assigned to Third Air Force (Jul 1942 – Nov 1943) in the southeastern United States.

Ninth Air Force

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Later, as the 167th Liaison Squadron, the unit served in the European Theater with Ninth Air Force flying courier flights with army group headquarters in areas to the rear of front lines during 10 Mar – May 1945.

Hurlburt Field

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On 22 May 1990, the Air Force Special Operations Command was established as a major command with its headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Florida, replacing 23d Air Force in the unit's chain of command. The original cadre came from Hurlburt Field, Florida, in March 1964, as Detachment 4, 1st Air Commando Wing.

1st Special Operations Wing

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The original cadre came from Hurlburt Field, Florida, in March 1964, as Detachment 4, 1st Air Commando Wing.

West Germany

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Joint/Combined Exercise FLINTLOCK I was conducted in the fall of 1968 and consisted of four sub-exercises located in West Germany, Greece, Spain, and Denmark.

North Vietnam

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From 28 August until the end of November 1970, a 13-man 7th SOS crew, commanded by Major Irl L. Franklin, participated in the preparation and execution of the Son Tay Raid, which was an attempt to liberate POWs held in North Vietnam.

38th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron

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During the years 1969 through 1973, Ramstein hosted two fighter squadrons, 38th TRS and 526th Tactical Fighter Squadron flying the RF-4C and F-102/F-4E respectively.