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388TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON|
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The 388th Operations Support Squadron is responsible for weapons and tactics development, operational planning, flying training guidance, intelligence, flight scheduling, mobility, life support activities, and people management for the operations group. The OSS provides combat-related staff support for the entire wing.
Personnel and Resources:
Approximately 55 people are assigned to the squadron.
The 388th OSS is a subordinate unit of the 388th Operations Group, 388th Fighter Wing, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Constituted 388th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron on 1 July 1942. The squadron was activated July 16, 1942 under Army Air Force West Coast Training Center, later called the Army Air Force Western Flying Training Command, as the 388th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron, Luke Field, N.M., Oct. 2, 1942. The squadron was de-activated April 30, 1944.
Tactical Air Command reactivated the unit as the 388th Operations Support Squadron, assigned under the 388th Operations Group.
June 1, 1992, all TAC units were reassigned under the newly created Air Combat Command.
Since its reactivation, the 388th OSS has distinguished itself by achieving high ratings during both ACC Quality Air Force Assessments.
In 1996, the OSS helped the wing become the largest LANTIRN-capable wing in the world by converting all of its aircraft to Block 40 F-16s.
In August 2002, the OSS transferred all maintenance personnel to the newly established 388th Aircraft Maintenance Group as part of a wing reorganization.
HONORS:CAMPAIGNS: World War II
WW II American Theater, 1942-1944
Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
1 May 1991 - 30 April 1993, HQ ACC SO GA-297/93
1 June 1995 - 31 May 1997, HQ ACC SO GA-061
1 May 2002 - 31 May 2003, HQ ACC SO GA-117
An or circle, symbolizing the sun is centered on an ultramarine azure disc. An ultramarine azure mountain range is placed at honor point on the or circle and extends from dexter to sinister. An argent lightning bolt is surmounted over the mountain range, also at the honor point and extends diagonally from dexter chief to sinister base. A sable stylized aircraft in flight is positioned over all. A gules contrail issuants the aircraft and circles the sun from dexter base. The disc is bordered with gules.
SIGNIFICANCE: The red-bordered circular shield is symbolic of the global mission of the squadron. The yellow sun emblazoned upon a dark blue background symbolizes the night sky. Ultramarine blue also represents the continuous nature of operational support provided by the squadron. The mountains depict the timeless strength lent from the foundation of professional and dedicated support. The stylized aircraft and lightning bolt represent the striking power that flows forth from the support provided by the squadron. The motto "Raptors" is significant of the aggressive teamwork and backbone support given by the squadron within the wing.
(Current as of August 2007)