The 1st Special Operations Maintenance Group (1SOMXG) is one of the Air Force's largest maintenance groups and is composed of highly qualified Air Commandos from the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, 801st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and the 901st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Through the combined efforts of these units, the group supports the AC-130U Spooky, AC-130J Ghostrider, CV-22 Osprey, MC-130H Combat Talon II, and PC-12/U-28 aircraft that make up the wing's inventory.
The group accomplishes the wing's mission by meeting key objectives: mobilizing personnel, equipment and supplies; training maintenance personnel; and sustaining combat readiness capabilities. They also operate AFSOC’s Centralized Repair Facilities for C-130 Isochronal Inspections, C-130 Avionics and T56 Engines, which allow special operations aircraft to execute missions in multiple CONUS, OCONUS and AOR locations. The aircraft generation and maintenance squadrons stand ready when 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 1 SOMXG has been extremely fast paced. The group played a very prominent role in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, RESOLUTE SUPPORT and INHERENT RESOLVE, 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.
The group’s outstanding commitment to maintenance excellence has earn them recognition at the major command, Air Force and Department of Defense levels. The 1 SOMXG has earned the Air Force Clements McMullen Memorial Daedalian Weapon System Maintenance Trophy three times (1999, 2007, 2014), presented annually to an Air Force unit determined by Headquarters Air Force to have the best weapon system maintenance record for the preceding calendar year. Additionally, the 1 SOMXG has earned the Secretary of Defense Field-Level Maintenance Award, presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon systems and military equipment maintenance, on four occasions (1999, 2001, 2008, 2017). Finally, the 1 SOMXG earned the Secretary of Defense Phoenix Trophy (2008) as the best Field-Level Maintenance Unit in the entire Department of Defense.
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 Sept 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 – 30 Sep 2013
1 Oct 2013 – 30 Sep 2015
1 Oct 2015 – 30 Sep 2017
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