First Munitions Squadron in AFSOC History
By Airman 1st Class Blake Wiles, 1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
/ Published July 10, 2020
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla --
Formerly with the 1st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, the munitions flight distinguished themselves as a new squadron in the 1st Special Operations Wing.
The 1st Special Operations Munitions Squadron activated July 8, 2020, and is the first munitions squadron in Air Force Special Operations Command history.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Clayton Seiler, commander of the 1st SOMUNS, assumed command after serving as the 7th Munitions Squadron commander at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
“Our role is to provide the best munitions support to our warfighters in the most efficient, effective and professional manner,” said Seiler.
1st SOMUNS Air Commandos build, collect, package and distribute munitions to the 1st SOW’s inventory aircraft, directly maintaining the readiness and lethality of the wing.
“There is a recognition for munitions being a unique skill set required for our mission,” said Seiler. “It also allows us to be a right sized squadron to focus on our Airmen and their families.”
The 1st SOMUNS is composed of four flights with more than 250 personnel, creating a separate squadron allowing focused leadership capable of being there for every Airman and their families.
“My family does so much to support what I'm doing here so I can focus and support our squadron needs,” said Seiler. “They're my rock.”
Similar to Seiler’s family supporting him, he wants to create the same type of support within his squadron.
“We can make this squadron a culture and climate people want to be a part of,” said Seiler. “This is a great opportunity for everyone to make this squadron what they want it to be.”
Seiler’s first priority is to understand his Airmen, talk to his leadership team and build the squadron together.
“Our role is to support warfighters and ensure we provide them with everything needed to complete the mission,” said Seiler.
1st SOW aircraft are lethal because of the combat capability provided by the 1st SOMUNS.
“Without munitions, we would just have a fleet of airliners,” said Seiler.