Air Force Special Operations Command will stand up a new MQ-9 mission control element squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Currently, active duty AFSOC MQ-9 personnel have only been stationed at Cannon AFB, N.M. The move will include about 60 more personnel at the Florida base, though no aircraft will be based there. The base is also already home to the Reserve’s 2nd Special Operations Squadron. The move comes as the Air Force is increasing both the number of MQ-9 aircraft and the amount of operating locations. “Establishing this squadron at Hurlburt Field provides this MQ-9 community with a second assignment option, which will result in increased retention and career growth opportunities while enhancing operations,” AFSOC spokeswoman Capt. Amanda Farr said in an email to Air Force Magazine. —Steve Hirsch
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