67th Special Operations Squadron (67th SOS) operates the MC-130P and the MC-130J to provide precise, reliable, flexible, and responsive specialized air mobility. Utilizing night vision goggles, the aircraft penetrate hostile, denied or politically sensitive areas to conduct single-or multi-ship infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces via airdrop or airland operations and aerial refueling of SOF vertical lift assets. The squadron also supports information operations, humanitarian relief, medical evacuations, and noncombatant evacuations.
The 67th SOS was originally constituted as the 67th Air Rescue Squadron on 17 October 1952 and activated on 14 November 1952 at RAF Sculthorpe. Assigned to the 9th Air Rescue Group, it was reassigned to the Air Rescue Service on 24 June 1958 before being discontinued, and inactivated on 18 March 1960 at Prestwick, Scotland.
It reactivated on 10 May 1961 under Military Air Transport Service, and organized on 18 June 1961 at Prestwick, under the Air Rescue Service. Redesignated as the 67th Air Recovery Squadron on 1 August 1965. That same year, the squadron first began operating the HC-130.
The unit was redesignated as the 67th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron (ARRS) on 8 January 1966 and it relocated to Moron AB, Spain on 1 July 1966, before being reassigned to Atlantic Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Center (later, 40th ARRW), on 8 April 1967. It relocated to RAF Woodbridge on 15 January 1970. The 67th was reassigned to the 39th ARRW (later, 39th SOW on 17 May 1973.
Redesignated as the 67th Special Operations Squadron on 1 June 1988, the unit relocated to RAF Alconbury, on 1 April 1992 before being reassigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group, on 1 December 1992. The 67th SOS eventually relocated to RAF Mildenhall, as part of efforts by the 352nd SOG to consolidate all its assigned units in one location.
Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations.
Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The owl in flight, whose nocturnal performance is unequaled, represents the squadron’s ability to excel at night. The two stars represent the vital components of the aviation team: operations and maintenance. The crescent moon emphasizes that the unit’s primary activity is at night.