CRESTVIEW — The U.S. Air Force’s 919th Special Operations Wing, or SOW, inducted six community leaders in its honorary commander program Jan. 12 at Duke Field.


CRESTVIEW — The U.S. Air Force’s 919th Special Operations Wing, or SOW, inducted six community leaders in its honorary commander program Jan. 12 at Duke Field.



The program pairs inductees with commanders, allowing them “to visit the 919th Special Operations Wing and learn about (its mission and its Air Force Reserve role in) national defense and support personnel involved in worldwide operations,” said Dan Neely, a 919 public information officer.



“Our mission is to employ specialized personnel and to equip and support the community of us special operations commanders and geographical combatant commanders in the execution of world special operations.”



The unit has approximately 1,300 personnel, Neely said.



The wing commander takes his place at the top, followed by the wing command chief and the Mission Support Group, Operations Group, Maintenance Group and Medical Squadron.



Wing commanders annually select applicants recognized as leaders in their community, whether they are civilian or otherwise, “though many are members of the Chamber of Commerce,” Neely said.