Hurlburt squadron being reassigned to Cannon

Freedom New Mexico

A helicopter squadron at Hurlburt Field in Florida that was deactivated last Friday will be assigned to Cannon Air Force Base in the future, according to an Air Force Special Operations Command press release.

The 20th Special Operations Squadron will fly CV-22 aircraft at Cannon.

A military spending bill signed by President Bush includes six of the aircraft for Cannon.

A timeline for the squadron or the aircraft is not set, according to Capt. Laura Ropelis of AFSOC public affairs.

The CV-22 is a tiltrotor aircraft capable vertical takeoffs and hovering. It’s mission is to conduct long-range infiltration, exfiltration and resupply missions for special operations forces, according to an Air Force fact sheet on the aircraft.

The aircraft requires a four-man crew of two pilots and two engineers, according to the fact sheet.

Nicknamed the “Green Hornets,” the 20th Special Operations Squadron has conducted operations all over the world, including Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield,