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Duke units designated as special operations

919th Special Operations Wing

919th Special Operations Wing

DUKE FIELD, Fla. -- On Sept. 30, the groups and squadrons of the 919th Special Operations Wing will be designated as Special Operations units.

Most of the operations units won't see a change, but the maintenance and mission support units will add special operations to the group or squadron title.

The process began more than three years ago, when wing leadership requested the changes to Air Force Reserve Command. After AFRC approved so did headquarters Air Force in June of this year.

"We've been trying to align ourselves to match active duty units in special operations," said Col. Jim Phillips, the acting 919th SOW commander. "The timing worked out perfectly for the redesignation as we continue to develop our new aviation foreign internal defense missions and become even more involved with special operations through total force integration."

The groups and squadrons will be renamed:

919th Special Operations Group
919th Special Operations Support Squadron
919th Special Operations Maintenance Group
919th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron
919th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
919th Special Operations Mission Support Group
919th Special Operations Medical Squadron
919th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron
919th Special Operations Communications Squadron
919th Special Operations Force Support Squadron
919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron
919th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron