Two special ops units to move from Eglin to Hurlburt

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

The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron ensures the planes are mission capable.

Blom is also an MC-130P pilot. He was assigned to the 9th SOS for a year and a half before being tasked with overseeing the move to Hurlburt.

He said in general the people in the squadrons are excited about the move.

“I think anytime there is change there’s always going to be a little trepidation involved,” he said. “There’s going to be some obstacles up front, but I think everyone realizes you overcome those obstacles to get to the better end state in the long run.”

Blom said a lot of the effort in organizing the move has been devoted to getting approvals from high-level staff. Those approvals are now in place.

They also had to conduct a lot of analysis to make sure Hurlburt had enough resources to take on the squadrons.

“There’s manpower challenges across the board in all the support functions on base, but we’ve determined that they can handle the two units and the aircraft,” Blom said.

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