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1ST SPECIAL OPS AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON

Posted 2/24/2011 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The gear divided black and blue has sixteen teeth. It alludes to day and night support provided by the Squadron to its parent unit. The bow armed with a dagger reflects the combat readiness and precision with which the unit handles special operations assets. The dagger denotes the unit’s heritage. The four arrows represent the combat support provided by the unit and also the four original aircraft maintenance units.
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The 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is a special operations force enabler. The mission: to generate combat capability in the form of safe and reliable special mission aircraft. 1SOAMXS is responsible for maintenance on the AC-130U Spooky gunships.

The squadron performs on-equipment flight line tasks to include daily launch and recovery, pre- and post-flight serviceability inspections, systems troubleshooting, aircraft system repair and minor modifications. The squadron is organized into one aircraft maintenance unit (4th AMU) and squadron support staff.

The 4th AMU maintains the AC-130U gunship and supports training and contingency requirements of the 4th and 19th Special Operations Squadrons.

The 1st SOAMXS provides maintenance support at home station and while deployed anywhere around the world. Maintenance personnel consisting of crew chiefs with a complement of systems technicians, augmented by technicians from the 1st Special Operations Component Maintenance Squadron and 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron, normally accompany deployed aircraft.

Lineage
Constituted 16th Mobile Reclamation & Repair Squadron on 25 Oct 1943. Activated on 1 Nov 1943. Redesignated 16th Mobile Reclamation & Repair Squadron, Heavy, on 17 Jul 1944. Inactivated on 21 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and redesignated 16th Aircraft Generation Squadron on 31 Jul 1985. Activated on 1 Oct 1995; redesignated 16th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on 1 October 2002. Redesignated the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on 16 November 2006. 

Assignments 
VIII Air Force Service Command, 1 Nov 1943 (attached to VIII Air Technical Service Command [Provisional] 20 Jul-12 Aug 1945); 3 Air Division, 12 Aug-21 Nov 1945. 16th Logistics (later, 16th Maintenance; 1st Special Operations Maintenance) Group, 1 Oct 1995-.

Stations
Snetterton Heath, England, 1 Nov 1943; Wattisham, England, 31 Dec 1943; Hitcham, England, 1 May 1944-21 Nov 1945; Hurlburt Field, FL, 1 Oct 1995-.

Honors
SERVICE STREAMERS
World War II
European-African-Middle Eastern Theater

CAMPAIGN STREAMERS
None

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMERS
None

DECORATIONS.
Meritorious Unit Award
1 Jul 04- 1 Jun 06
 
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor:
1 Jun 97 - 31 May 99
1 Jul 03 - 30 Jun 05 
1 Jul 06 - 30 Jun 07

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
1 Jul 99 - 30 Jun 01
1 Jul 01 - 30 Jun 03
1 Sep 04 - 31 Aug 06

Emblem Significance
Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The gear divided black and blue has sixteen teeth. It alludes to day and night support provided by the Squadron to its parent unit. The bow armed with a dagger reflects the combat readiness and precision with which the unit handles special operations assets. The dagger denotes the unit's heritage. The four arrows represent the combat support provided by the unit and also the four original aircraft maintenance units.



Point Of Contact
1st Special Operations Wing
Public Affairs Office 
344 Tully St. 
Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5271
DSN 579-7464 or (850) 884-7464
E-mail: 1sow.pa@hurlburt.af.mil





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