Two special ops units to move from Eglin to Hurlburt

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Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 10:18 AM.

Two squadrons at Eglin Air Force base are being sent packing — across town.

About 400 people with the 9th Special Operations Squadron and the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron will move to Hurlburt Field this spring and take their fleet of MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft with them.

The move will at last unite all 1st Special Operations Wing squadrons at Hurlburt. It also will allow for more efficient aircraft maintenance because the newcomers will be able to work closely with squadrons maintaining very similar planes at Hurlburt.

The 9th Special Operations and the 1st Special Operations Maintenance squadrons have been at Eglin under various names for years.

When the 1st SOW at Hurlburt took over the 9th SOS in 1989, the squadron remained at Eglin because that’s where it always had been, said Maj. Zak Blom, who is overseeing the move as the 1st SOW’s chief of programs.

“Since then it was known that the right answer was for them to be at Hurlburt,” he said. “Things just never worked out to make it happen.”

Blom said the effort to move the squadron gained momentum again in the last year. He’s been tasked with the project since last March.

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