318th Special Operations Squadron

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318th Special Operations Squadron
318th Special Operations Squadron emblem
Active 1944 – 1946
1971 – 1974
2007 – present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Shield of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command.svg Air Force Special Operations Command
27th Special Operations Wing.png 27th Special Operations Wing
353d Special Operations Group.png 27th Special Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico
Engagements World War II
Vietnam War
Afghanistan Campaign
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines) Streamer.png
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation

318th Special Operations Squadron (318 SOS) flies the Pilatus PC-12 and is currently stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico. The 318 SOS is under the command of the Air Force Special Operations Command. Crews plan, prepare, and execute Non Standard Aviation (NSAv) missions in support of joint special operations forces while directly supporting theater special operations commanders by conducting night vision infiltration, exfiltration, resupply and other combat taskings on unimproved runways.[1]



The squadron was activated on 1 May 1944 as 318th Troop Carrier Squadron (Commando) at Camp Mackall, North Carolina and serving under the 3rd Air Commando Group. The unit participated in the South West Pacific theatre of World War II, flying the Waco CG-4 glider and C-47 Skytrain transport. The squadron was inactivated 25 March 1946. Reactivated on 15 November 1971 at Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, the unit was stood up as the 318th Special Operations Squadron, serving under 1st Special Operations Wing. The unit's mission was to provide unconventional warfare support in Vietnam with the C-130 Hercules until inactivation on 1 June 1974. The unit was reactivated on 27 July 2007 at Hurlburt Field, Florida as 1st Special Operations Group, Detachment 4. It was relocated to Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico and redesignated as 27th Special Operations Group, Detachment 2 on 30 December 2007. The unit was most recently redesignated as 318th Special Operations Squadron on 16 May 2008.[1]


  • Constituted as the 318th Troop Carrier Squadron, Commando on 1 May 1944 and activated
Inactivated on 25 March 1946
  • Redesignated 318th Special Operations Squadron on 21 October 1971
Activated on 15 November 1971
Inactivated on 1 June 1974
Activated on 2 May 2008





 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "318th Special Operations Squadron". Cannon Air Force Base. United States Air Force. Retrieved 23 January 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Pons Abascal, Alexxis. "C-145As take final flight at Cannon AFB, relocate to Duke Field". United States Air Force. Retrieved 9 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>