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551 SOS - Mission Statement

Turning Airmen into Air Commandos through unmatched training… instilling a never quit mindset to execute global special operations.




551 SOS Commander

  • Lt Col Matthew A. Astroth

    Lieutenant Colonel Matthew A. Astroth is the Commander of the 551 Special Operations Squadron located at Cannon AFB, New Mexico. The 551 SOS is responsible for mission qualification training of AFSOC AC-130W, and MQ-9 crewmembers, as well as continuation and refresher training for MC-130J and CV-22 crewmembers. Annually the 551 SOS trains upwards of 1,400 Air Commandos.