HomeAbout UsFact SheetsFact Sheets

1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron

1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron: Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors.  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 dagger represents the AFSOC’s ability to deliver special operations capability globally through airpower.  The snake wrapped around the winged dagger resembles the caduceus and emphasizes the medical squadron’s role in AFSOC’s delivery of special operations capability.  The cross is the time-honored symbol of the combat medic.  The squadron motto emphasizes the commitment to the mission and the goal to keep the planes in the air, bringing the fight to the enemy.

1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron: Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. 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 dagger represents the AFSOC’s ability to deliver special operations capability globally through airpower. The snake wrapped around the winged dagger resembles the caduceus and emphasizes the medical squadron’s role in AFSOC’s delivery of special operations capability. The cross is the time-honored symbol of the combat medic. The squadron motto emphasizes the commitment to the mission and the goal to keep the planes in the air, bringing the fight to the enemy.

Mission
The 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron (SOMDOS) accomplishes global special operations taskings as an Air Force component member of US Special Operations Command. The unit promotes and maintains health for 15.4K beneficiaries divided amongst 4 groups, 25 squadrons, and 39 partner units. Personnel also provide behavioral health services, family medicine, diagnostics/therapeutics and ensure medical readiness, health protection, and performance enhancement.

Lineage
Constituted 16th Medical Operations Squadron on 16 Aug 1994. Activated on 1 Oct 1994. Redesignated 1st Special Operations Medical Operations Squadron on 16 Nov 2006.

Assignments
16 Special Operations (later, 1 Special Operations) Wing, 1 Oct 1994-

Stations
Eglin AF Aux Fld #9 (Hurlburt Field), FL, 1 Oct 1994-.

Honors
Service Streamers
None

Campaign Streamers
None

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers
None

Decorations
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/Valor
1 Jun 1997 - 31 May 1999
1 Jul 2003 - 30 Jun 2005
1 Jul 2005 - 30 June 2007

Meritorious Unit Award
1 Jul 2007-30 Jun 2009
1 Oct 2009-30 Sep 2011
1 Oct 2011-30Sep 2013
1 Oct 13-30 Sep 15

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
1 Jun 1995 - 31 May 1997
1 Jul 1999 - 30 Jun 2001
1 Jul 2001 - 30 Jun 2003

Emblem Significance
The obsidian black alludes to the shroud of the night, which is the primary theater of operations for our Special Operations warriors. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The dagger represents the AFSOC's ability to deliver special operations capability globally through airpower. The snake wrapped around the winged dagger resembles the caduceus and emphasizes the medical squadron's role in AFSOC's delivery of special operations capability. The cross is the time-honored symbol of the combat medic. The squadron motto emphasizes the commitment to the mission and the goal to keep the planes in the air, bringing the fight to the enemy.

Units