492nd SOACS

The 492d Special Operations Advanced Capabilities Squadron, 492d Special Operations Training Group, 492d Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field Florida, was established in 2017.  While the majority of its members are assigned to Hurlburt Field, the 492 SOACS has Airmen located at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Mildenhall Air Base, United Kingdom, and Kadena Air Base, Japan.

The origins of the 492 SOACS date back to 2004, where the increased demand for worldwide C2, generated by operation ENDURING FREEDOM, resulted in the stand up of Digital Dagger.  Digital Dagger began as a small group of deployable government civilian Mission Information Managers who would train, support, and deploy as the Command’s experts in all things C2.  Soon after the decision was made to expand Digital Dagger’s footprint to three additional global operating locations in addition to their deployed areas of responsibility.  Over the years Digital Dagger has moved under numerous command structures and slowly grown into the multifaceted squadron it is today.

The 492 SOACS is responsible for the operation and maintenance of AFSOC’s datalink-enabled Command and Control (C2) mission systems, deployable airborne and ground-based datalink systems, and the SOF-peculiar network infrastructure enabling these systems.

Additionally, the 492 SOACS is the focal point of AFSOC’s Enterprise Network Operations, Cyber Security Operations, and Defensive Cyber Operations, representing AFSOC to SOCOM as the Component Network Control Center, and to AFCYBER as the MAJCOM Communications Coordination Center. 

Furthermore, 492 SOACS conducts Development and Integration efforts for AFSOC, executing software development, cloud-based application hosting, proof-of-concept materiel solutions, engineering support for risk reduction, and low-volume production for platform integration.

Finally, the 492 SOACS’s corps of highly-deployed Mission Information Managers specialize in the configuration and utilization of Command and Control applications, creating an in-garrison and deployed Common Operating Picture (COP) for SOF C2 nodes.

Vision: Build and sustain mission-critical systems for SOF Airman…deliver new capabilities for the warfighter while enabling seamless C2 and interoperability for the next generation

Mission: Provide rapid development, engineering and sustainment of cyberspace and missions systems in order to meet mission-critical warfighting needs aboard aircraft, in-garrison, and at theater special operations nodes for multi-domain SOF operations.

Priorities:

Shape

Develop resilient leaders that can shape AFSOC’s cyberspace, C2, and mission systems capabilities for global power competition.  

Execute

Coordinate sustainment of AFSOC’s global cyber systems and enabling infrastructure to satisfy USAF and SOCOM requirements.

Create software applications that enables the warfighter “anyplace, anytime, anywhere” on a timeline that is relevant to solve problems now.

Provide persistent deployed mission system support to AFSOC aircraft and C2 centers.

Evolve

Refine processes to streamline contract management, funding, and oversight, executing good stewardship of the command’s resources.

Expand mobile device capabilities to as many Air Commandos as possible.

Provide an interim datalink capability and interoperability to all AFSOC aircraft.

Personnel and Resources:

The 492 SOACS has more than 305 active duty, civil servant and contract employees and manages the commands second largest service support contract for Command and Control Mission Systems valued at approximately $30 Million per year.

Point of Contact

492d Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Office | 357 Tully Street, Hurlburt Field Fla. 32544-5312

850-884-5986 | DSN 579-5986 | 492sow.pa.pa@us.af.mil

Current as of 1 May 2021