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388TH AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SQUADRON|
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The 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is one of 10 squadrons assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The unit maintains off equipment maintenance for worldwide deployable F-16s equipped with Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night, or LANTIRN.
The 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintains all F-16 Fighting Falcons for the 388th Fighter Wing.
Personnel and Resources
There are more than 800 people assigned to the 388th Aircraft Maintenance. The 388th AMXS maintains more than 70 LANTIRN capable F-16s worth more than two billion dollars.
The 388th AMXS is a subordinate Unit of the 388th Maintenance Group, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
The 388th AMXS was constituted the 388th Organizational Maintenance Squadron on May 1, 1962, and was activated on Oct. 1, 1962, under the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at McConnel Air Force Base, Kansas.
The squadron was deactivated on June 18, 1966, at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.
The squadron was reactivated on August 1, 1972, under the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, later the 388th Fighter Wing, at Korat Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.
On June 1, 1978, the squadron was redesignated the 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Dec. 1, 1991, the squadron was again deactivated.
On June 28, 2002, the squadron was redesignated, and finally reactivated on August 29, 2002, under the 388th Maintenance Group, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
The 388th AMXS has earned the Vietnam Air 1966 Campaign Streamer and the Vietnam Ceasefire 1972-1973 Campaign Streamer.
It has also earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with the Combat "V" Device on Dec. 18, 1972; August 15, 1973; Oct. 15, 1974; May 12, 1975 and May 13-15, 1975. The squadron has also earned the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm on August 1, 1972 and Jan 28, 1973.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the 388th AMXS, and its subordinate aircraft maintenance units, have provided homeland security through participation in Operation Noble Eagle from February to May 2003, and Operation Iraqi Freedom from May to September 2003.
During Operation Noble Eagle, the 34th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, a subordinate of the 388th AMXS, deployed with more than 180 maintainers and produced 636 sorties for 3,000 hours in 61 days. Thirty-seven of the sorties were aircraft intercepts over the National Capitol Region.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 421st Aircraft Maintenance Unit deployed with more than 120 maintainers and produced 699 combat sorties for 3,551 hours in support of coalition ground troops in Iraq.
(Current as of October 2003)