Units

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.

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.


Mission
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 and AC-130J Ghostrider 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 two aircraft maintenance units 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 as well as the initial start-up and maturing of AFSOC’s newest gunship, the AC-130J Ghostrider.

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 Maintenance Squadron, normally accompany deployed aircraft.

Lineage.
Constituted as 16 Mobile Reclamation & Repair Squadron on 25 Oct 1943. Activated on 1
Nov 1943. Redesignated as 16 Mobile Reclamation & Repair Squadron, Heavy, on 17 Jul 1944.
Inactivated on 21 Nov 1945. Disbanded on 8 Oct 1948. Reconstituted, and redesignated as 16 Aircraft
Generation Squadron on 31 Jul 1985. Activated on 1 Oct 1995. Redesignated as 16 Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron on 1 Oct 2002; 1 Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on 16 Nov
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. 16 Logistics (later,
16 Maintenance; 1 Special Operations Maintenance) Group, 1 Oct 1995-.

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

Service Streamers.
World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Theater.

Campaign Streamers.
None.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.
None.

Decorations.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999; 1
Jul 2003 – 30 Jun 2005; 1 Jul 2006-30 Jun 2007. Meritorious Unit Awards: 1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2009; 1
Oct 2009-30 Sep 2011; 1 Oct 2011-30 Sep 2013; 1 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2015. Air Force Outstanding Unit
Awards: 1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001; 1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003; 1 Jul [2005] – 1 Jun 2006.



Emblem.
Approved on 11 Jul 1996.