Two special ops units to move from Eglin to Hurlburt

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

“It has support from all levels of leadership now,” he said. “We’ve been able to show that we can do the move not only at very little cost, but we can actually save a lot in manpower, resources and efficiencies by bringing the two units that belong to the 1st Special Operations Wing to Hurlburt with the rest of their assets.”

The real savings will be in maintaining the planes, he said.

Hurlburt already has a fleet of sister MC-130Hs that are very similar, especially in maintenance and support, Blom said.

“The biggest gain is on the maintenance side,” he said. “We’ll have the equipment to support both these aircraft all co-located and won’t have to maintain duplicate equipment.”

He said the units also will be able to train more efficiently and operate more effectively by being on the same base as their command.

“Being geographically separated from your bosses, there’s a lot of time spent going back and forth,” he said.

The 9th SOS uses MC-130Ps to support special operations forces, primarily through nighttime, low-level flying missions. They insert, extract and resupply special ops teams, as well as refuel helicopters in flight.

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