The recently released US National Defense Strategy has added emphasis to ongoing Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) efforts to revitalise its 6th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), a combat aviation advisory unit with missions to assess, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces.
Those ongoing efforts were highlighted during this week’s Global Special Operations Forum Symposium near Tampa, Florida.
Speaking on a ‘SOF Aviation’ panel, Lt Col Cheree Kochen, chief strategic planner for security cooperation engagements and aviation foreign internal defense at AFSOC, said that AFSOC commander Lt Gen Marshall Webb is ‘trying to bring the 6th SOS back to life again’.
Kochen continued: ‘Several years ago it was pretty much destroyed and became more of an NSAv [Non-Standard Aircraft] type of squadron. But now the 6th is regaining its original mission set, so they’ve got mobility, ISR and now we’re adding the light attack/strike capability into the squadron as well as the ground component.’