1st Special Operations Mission Support Group

The Airmen of the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group (1st SOMSG) provide garrison and deployed support for the 1st Special Operations Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters and 39 partner units. It deploys manpower, equipment, and supplies to support training, exercises, and contingency operations.

The 1st SOMSG is the most diverse group in the wing, as it's comprised of six squadrons focusing on all areas of support. The squadrons that make up the 1st SOMSG are the 1st Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, 1st Special Operations Communications Squadron, 1st Special Operations Contracting Squadron, 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, 1st Special Operations Force Support Squadron, and the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron. Because of the diversity of the squadrons, the group is able to provide the wing with all types of support, ranging from force protection and military construction projects, to the lodging, transportation and messing of the base's populous and visitors.

The group was originally established on Jul 14, 1942, as the 16th Service Group. It was disbanded in 1943, and was not re-established until Jul 31, 1985. At that time, it was redesignated as the 16th Combat Support Group. On Oct 1, 1993 it consolidated with the 16th Special Operations Support Group and became known as the 16th Support Group. On Oct 1, 2002, the group became what was known as the 16th Mission Support Group. It was redesignated as the 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group on Nov 16, 2006.

Constituted as Base Headquarters and 16 Air Base Squadron (Double) on 14 Jul 1937. Activated on 1 Sep 1937. Redesignated as: 16 Air Base Group (Reinforced) on 1 Sep 1940; 16 Service Group on 14 Jul 1942. Disestablished on 31 Oct 1943. Reestablished, and redesignated as 16 Combat Support Group, on 31 Jul 1985. Consolidated (1 Oct 1993) with the 1 Special Operations Support Group, which was established on 23 Feb 1993. Activated on 24 Mar 1993. Redesignated as: 16 Support Group on 1 Oct 1993; 16 Mission Support Group on 1 Oct 2002; 1 Special Operations Mission Support Group on 16 Nov 2006.

Probably 19 Wing, 1 Sep 1937; Panama Canal (later, Caribbean; Sixth) Air Force, 20 Nov 1940-31 Oct 1943. 1 Special Operations (later, 16 Special Operations; 1 Special Operations) Wing, 24 Mar 1993-.

France Fld, Canal Zone, 1 Sep 1937; Bruja Point, Canal Zone, 1 Sep 1940; Howard Fld, Canal Zone, 15 May 1941; Albrook Fld, Canal Zone, 31 Jul-31 Oct 1943. Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Airfield #9 (Hurlburt Fld), FL, 24 Mar 1993-.

Service Streamers.
World War II American Theater.

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device:
1 Jun 1997-31 May 1999
1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2005
1 Jul 2005-30 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:
[24 Mar 1993]-15 Apr 1994
1 Jun 1995 – 31 May – 1997
1 Jul 1999-30 Jun 2001
1 Jul 2001-30 Jun 2003

Group will use the wing emblem with the group designation in the scroll.