AFSOC: A history of ‘door kickers’

10/15/2012 – HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. — Although Air Force Special Operations Command was officially established in 1990, its history dates all the way back to World War II. From that time, Air Commandos have been heavily called upon for a wide assortment of missions – missions nobody else could do.

“Since 1975, at the end of the Vietnam conflict, Air Force Special Operations have been involved in some sort of contingency operation, except for three years,” said Herb Mason, AFSOC historian. “We’ve supported the U.N., been in many countries in Africa, Haiti, Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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