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1ST SPECIAL OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON

Posted 7/2/2013 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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1st Special Operations Support Squadron
The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron 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 sphere in the center of the emblem represents the unit's worldwide commitment to support special operations. The lightning bolt surrounding the sphere alludes to unit's rapid response mission to employ forces anywhere around the world. The lightning bolt also represents the unit's responsibility in pursuit of excellence in providing command and control, planning, communications, intelligence, weather, airfield operations, and medical support in maintenance of AF Special Operations Forces. The dagger reflects the commitment by the unit to uphold the proud heritage of the air commandos.
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The 1st Special Operations Support Squadron (SOSS) provides worldwide direct support to unified and theater commands in response to Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) taskings. They orchestrate the current operations, operational planning, weapons & tactics, aircrew training, weather, mobility, airfield operations, intelligence, operational medicine, maritime and range support, and joint ground liaison functions for America's largest active duty special operations wing.

The 1st SOSS directs operations of nine unique flights with more than 400 personnel in the most diverse operations support squadron in the Air Force. It oversees contingency and exercise air operations support for more than $100M in state-of-the-art intelligence, weather, medical, and mission support equipment. The 1st SOSS is responsible for supporting the needs of a formal training squadron and for deploying personnel and equipment to provide worldwide command staff support for employment of eight special operations flying squadrons and one foreign internal defense squadron, using AFSOC-unique aircraft. The personnel in the 1st SOSS are a unique blend of career fields including life support, weather, intelligence, personnel, airfield operations, Special Operations Medical fields, SERE, Army Special Forces, Navy SEALs and Marine Special Operations Battalions.

Lineage
Constituted 1st Special Operations Support Squadron on 21 Sep 1992. Activated on 22 Sep 1992. Redesignated 16th Operations Support Squadron on 1 Oct 1993. Redesignated 1st Special Operations Support Squadron on 16 November 2006.

Assignments
1st Special Operations (later, 16th Operations) Group, 22 Sep 1992-15 November 2006. 1st Special Operations Group, 16 November 2006-.

Honors

Decorations
Gallant Unit Citation
6 Oct 01-30 May 03

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor
1 Jun 97-31 May 99
1 Jul 03-1 Jun 05 
1 Sep 06 - 30 Jun 07

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
22 Sep 92-15 Apr 94
1 Jun 95-31 May 97
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 sphere in the center of the emblem represents the unit's worldwide commitment to support special operations. The lightning bolt surrounding the sphere alludes to unit's rapid response mission to employ forces anywhere around the world. The lightning bolt also represents the unit's responsibility in pursuit of excellence in providing command and control, planning, communications, intelligence, weather, airfield operations, and medical support in maintenance of AF Special Operations Forces. The dagger reflects the commitment by the unit to uphold the proud heritage of the air commandos.


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





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