VICE COMMANDER

COLONEL ALLISON BLACK

CommanderColonel Allison Black is the Vice Commander, 24th Special Operations Wing (24 SOW), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), Hurlburt Field, Fla. As the only Special Tactics wing in the Air Force, the 24 SOW conducts special operations force core activities with expertise in airpower application to lead global access, precision strike, personnel recovery, and battlefield surgery operations. The wing is comprised of two Special Tactics Groups and a Special Tactics Training Squadron, totaling 1,700 Special Tactics operators, Combat Mission Support personnel and Special Operations Surgical Team members. Prior to this assignment Colonel Black served as Deputy, Commander’s Action Group, U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters, Macdill Air Force Base, Fla.

Colonel Black enlisted in the Air Force in 1992 and served as a Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) Specialist. In 1998, she completed Officer Training School, followed by Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator training earning her wings in January 2000. Colonel Black has flown a total of over 3,400 hours with 2,000 combat hours in the AC-130H Spectre gunship and the U-28A Draco.

EDUCATION

  • 1992

  • Basic Military Training

  • SERE Instructor Training

  • 1997

  • Airman Leadership School

  • Associate of Applied Science, Survival and Rescue Operations, Instructor of Tech and Military Science

  • 1998

  • Bachelor of Science, Corporate Training and Development, Wayland Baptist University

  • Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB

  • 2000

  • Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training, Pensacola NAS, Randolph AFB

  • 2003

  • USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB

  • 2006

  • USAF Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB

  • 2009

  • IDE USAF Fellows Strategic Communications Master’s Program, George Mason Univ, VA

  • 2017

  • 2017 Counter-terrorism Fellow, College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University, D.C.

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 1992

  • Student, AF Basic Training, Lackland Air Force Base TX

  • Student, Survival Instructor Training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA

  • 1992-1996

  • SERE Instructor, Combat Survival School, Fairchild AFB, WA

  • 1996-1998

  • Arctic SERE Instructor, Arctic Survival School, Eielson AFB, AK

  • 1998

  • Student, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, AL

  • 1998-1999

  • Student, JSUNT, Pensacola NAS, FL

  • 1999-2000

  • Student, JSUNT Randolph AFB, TX

  • 2000

  • Student, AC-130H Navigator training, 19th SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2000-2004

  • AC-130H Instructor Navigator, Combat Planner, 16th SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2004-2005

  • AC-130H Branch Chief, 19th SOS, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2005-2008

  • Chief AC-130H Evaluator Navigator, Standardizations and Evaluations, 1 SOG, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2008

  • Chief AC-130 Evaluator, AFSOC Standardizations and Evaluations, AFSOC HQ , Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2008-2009

  • Special Actions Officer, AFSOC Commander’s Action Group, AFSOC HQ, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2009-2010

  • Student, USAF Strategic Communications Fellows Program, George Mason University, VA

  • 2010-2012

  • Chief, Operational Integrated Communications Team, SAF/PA HQ USAF, Pentagon

  • 2012-2013

  • Chief, Wing Exercise Integration, 1 SOW, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2013-2015

  • Director of Operations, 319 Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2015-2017

  • Commander, 319 Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL

  • 2017-2018

  • Student, National Defense University

  • 2018-2020

  • Deputy, Commanders Action Group, HQ USSOCOM, Macdill AFB, Tampa, FL

  • 2020-Current

  • Vice Wing Commander, 24 Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL

FLIGHT INFORMATION

  • Rating: Master Navigator

  • Total Flight Hours: 3400+, Combat Hrs: 2000+

  • Aircraft Flown: T-34, C-130, AC-130, U-28A

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

  • Bronze Star

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal

  • Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters

  • Air Medal with 15 oak leaf clustersl

  • Aerial Achievement Medal

  • Air Force Commendation Medal

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal

  • Air Force Achievement Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters

  • Combat Action Medal

  • NATO Medal

  • Combat Readiness Medal

  • National Defense Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

  • 14 August 1998

  • Second Lieutenant

  • 14 August 2000

  • First Lieutenant

  • 14 August 2002

  • Captain

  • 1 June 2008

  • Major

  • 1 October 2013

  • Lieutenant Colonel

  • 1 November 2019

  • Colonel