In a momentous ceremony recently held at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) jointly awarded the prestigious 2022 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Squadron of the Year Award upon the 2nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS).

This distinguished honor is presented annually to the Squadron that exemplifies excellence in the use of RPAs in meritorious service, and the Scorpions of the 2nd SOS, based out of Hurlburt Field, Florida, earned this accolade with their exceptional contributions throughout the year.

A Year of Unparalleled Achievement

The Scorpions of the 2nd SOS demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their mission, flying over an astounding 16,000 hours in 2022. These flight hours were dedicated to supporting critical operations, including Operation ENDURING SENTINEL, Operation OCTAVE SHIELD, and Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The Squadron’s versatility and dedication extended beyond these missions as they played a pivotal role in satellite launch and recovery operations during Emerald Flag.

Quick side note: Emerald Flag, held at Eglin Air Force Base in October last year, is a pivotal multi-domain exercise that connects air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace to advance complex weapon systems and enhance military readiness.