1st Special Operations Support Squadron
Published March 28, 2017
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 eight unique flights with more than 300 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.
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 Nov 2006.
1st Special Operations (later, 16th Operations) Group, 22 Sep 1992-15 Nov 2006. 1st Special Operations Group, 16 Nov 2006-.
Gallant Unit Citation
6 Oct 2001 - 30 May 2003
Meritorious Unit Award
1 Oct 2011-30 Sep 2013
1 Oct 2013-30 Sep 2015
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor
1 Jun 1997 - 31 May 1999
1 Jul 2003 - 1 Jun 2005
1 Sep 2006 - 30 Jun 2007
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
22 Sep 1992 - 15 Apr 1994
1 Jun 1995 - 31 May 1997
1 Jul 1999 - 30 Jun 2001
1 Jul 2001 - 30 Jun 2003
1 Sep 2004 - 31 Aug 2006
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.