315th Operations Support Squadron
Published January 11, 2013
Unit Location: Joint Base Charleston, SC
Unit Size: 5 Officers, 28 Enlisted (approximate)
Provide timely, accurate and dynamic operational support to the War Fighters of the 315th Airlift Wing to realize the Air Force Reserve vision: One Air Force, Same fight- Unrivaled Wingman!
This squadron provides unrivaled operational support to sustain combat readiness of three C-17A flying squadrons, one aero medical evacuation squadron and one airlift control flight for the global transport of troops and war fighting materiel. Comprised of a Wing Operations Center (WOC), and offices of current operations, weapons and tactics, aircrew training, life support, operations plans and computer support this squadron provides the analytical infrastructure that sustains operations and training for the 315th Operations Group and 315th Airlift Wing.
Fiscal Year 2009 was a dynamic, productive and exciting year! The squadron's support for contingency operations around the world raged on unabated. Squadron personnel deployed with our active duty counterparts filling the Air Mobility Command's worldwide contingency obligations. Countless combat missions were supported into Iraq, Afghanistan and other points across the globe supporting the war effort. Additional needs were met by squadron personnel right here at Charleston Air Force Base backfilling deployed personnel in the 437th Airlift Wing command post, our own Wing Operations Center, and the 437thAW Life Support Section. Our personnel experts provided much needed manpower to the 437th mission support squadron. At the time of this writing approximately one-third of the squadron is on active duty orders providing some level of support directly to contingency operations both deployed and at home.
While support for contingencies remains a priority, wing operations center (WOC) personnel continue to convert career fields from aircrew resource management specialists to command post controllers as part of the Air Force initiative called "1CP". We had to say goodbye to the Intelligence Flight as it was realigned directly under the Operations Group Commander. Our orderly room continues to support them administratively. The environment here at Charleston remains dynamic, demanding and operationally relevant.
The 315th OSS is a perennial Air Force Reserve Command showcase squadron. The squadron maintains an operational support presence 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We support the aircrew as they prepare for war and then watch their collective back until they are safely home. We do it with only 33 assigned volunteer citizen airman and we do it extremely well.