The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group (1st SOMXG), located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, is one of the Air Force's largest maintenance groups. Through the efforts of the men and women assigned to the group, the 1st SOMXG provides support to more than 65 aircraft assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing. Such aircraft include the AC-130U and AC-130J Gunship, MC-130H Combat Talon II and the CV-22 Osprey.
The group accomplishes the wing's mission by meeting key objectives: mobilizing personnel, equipment and supplies, training maintenance personnel and sustaining combat readiness capabilities. The group's four squadrons stand ready whenever on- and off-equipment, organizational- or intermediate-level maintenance is necessary--"Any Time, Any Place."
The group is composed of more than 2,000 highly qualified Air Commandos from the following four squadrons:
1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron
1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
901st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Since September 11, 2001, the operations tempo for the 1st SOMXG has been extremely fast paced. The group played a very prominent role in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and continues to provide top-notch maintenance support to overseas contingency operations around the world, ensuring countless vital wartime and home station operations are able to be conducted.
Because of the group's commitment to maintenance excellence, members of the 1st SOMXG routinely receive command- and Air Force-level awards. The 1st SOMXG is currently a five-time recipient of the Air Force's Daedalian Trophy which recognizes at the Air Force level, the group’s impeccable maintenance record across all current weapon systems.
Constituted Base Headquarters and 1st Air Base Squadron, and activated on 1 Sep 36. Redesignated: Base Headquarters and 1st Air Base Squadron (Double) on 25 Jan 40; 1st Air Base Group (Reinforced) on 1 Sep 40; 1st Air Base Group on 6 Nov 41; 1st Service Group on 13 Jun 42. Disestablished on 15 Apr 45. Reestablished and redesignated 1st Special Operations Logistics Group on 21 Sep 92. Activated on 22 Sep 1992. Redesignated 16th Logistics Group on 1 Oct 93; redesignated 16th Maintenance Group 1 Oct 02; redesignated 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group, 16 Nov 06 (SO GS-04, 17 Nov 06).
Probably 2d Wing (later, 2d Bombardment Wing), 1 Sep 1936; 1st Air Force Service Command, 1 Oct 1941; Eastern Theater of Operations, 30 Dec 1941; Eighth Air Force, May 1943; VIII Fighter Command, 19 May 1943; 2d Bombardment (later 2d Air) Division, 15 Sep 1944 - 15 Apr 1945; 1st (later, 16th, 1st) Special Operations Wing, 22 Sep 1992 -
Langley Field, Virginia, 1 Sep 36; Syracuse, New York, 24 Aug 42; Fort Dix, New Jersey, 18 Nov 42 to 17 Apr 43; Goxhill, England, c. 12 May 43; Steeple Morden, England, 23 Jun 43 to 15 Apr 45; Eglin Air Force Auxillary #9 (Hurlburt Field), Florida, 22 Sep 92-
World War II American Theater
World War II European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
Meritorious Unit Awards:
1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2009
1 Oct 2009-30 Sept 2011
1 Oct 2011 to 30 Sept 2013
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor
1 Jun 97 - 31 May 99
1 Jul 03 - 30 Jun 05
1 Jul 06 - 30 Jun 07
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
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