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The Rise The First Four


of


Air Comm 27th Special Op


By Brig Gen Stephen Clark, former 27 SOW/CC


A “west coast” option for America’s Air Commandos has been a vision of AFSOC commanders since the early part of the 90s. With a global mission, and an understanding that the command would have to expand to match the growing reach of USSOCOM, it was quickly acknowledged that Hurlburt Fld could not expand enough to accommodate the required growth. After many attempts, it was the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) of 2005, and the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,


which created an opportunity to realize the vision. While Cannon AFB is not exactly as far west as had been contemplated, it incorporates many of the desired features that has allowed AFSOC to expand and meet its unique training requirements: high, hot, isolated range, and lots of airspace. Now that we are finishing our fourth year at Cannon, like all great SOF operations, our Airmen are finding and creating more opportunities and capabilities than originally envisioned. With an original plan that assumed an


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