"Protect Who?...Protect You!" The battle cry of the 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron reflects their worldwide mission--providing unequalled force protection for special operations. Approximately 270 security forces members provide physical security, entry control, armed response and police services to Hurlburt Field. They also deploy around the globe to defend AFSOC resources and troops in support of 1st Special Operations Wing and United States Special Operations Command missions. This unique unit also operates one of the busiest small arms ranges in the Air Force, providing combat arms training and maintenance to Hurlburt Field, Eglin AFB, and Duke Field.
Constituted 1016th Guard Squadron on 27 Jul 1942. Activated on 14 Aug 1942. Disbanded on 31 Mar 1944. Reconstituted, and redesignated 16th Security Police Squadron on 31 Jul 1985. Consolidated (1 Oct 1993) with the 1st Special Operations Security Police Squadron, which was constituted on 23 Feb 1993. Activated on 24 Mar 1993. Redesignated: 16th Security Police Squadron on 1 Oct 1993; 16th Security Forces Squadron on 1 Jul 1997; 1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron, 16 November 2006.
Air Transport Command, 14 Aug 1942-31 Mar 1944. 1st Special Operations Support (later, 16th Support, later 16th Mission Support) Group, 24 Mar 1993-15 November 2006. 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group, 16 November 2006-.
Las Vegas, NM, 14 Aug 1942-31 Mar 1944. Eglin Air Force Auxiliary Airfield #9 (Hurlburt Fld), FL, 24 Mar 1993-.
- Service Streamers
- World War II American Theater
- 2012 AFSOC Outstanding Medium Security Forces Unit
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device
- 1 Jun 97 - 31 May 99
- 1 Jul 03 - 30 Jun 05
- 1 Jul 05 - 30 Jun 07
- 1 Jul 07 - 19 Jun 09
- 1 Oct 09 - 30 Sep11
Air Force Outstanding Unit
- 24 Mar 93 - 15 Apr 94
- 1 Jun 95 - 31 May 97
- 1 Jul 99 - 30 Jun 01
- 1 Jul 01 - 30 Jun 03
Blue represents the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow signifies the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The white winged dagger depicts the prime wartime function of the Security Forces, air base ground defense. The charge also represents the unit's historical association with Special Operations. The yellow lightning bolts symbolize the dual functions of home station and deployed locations service to the parent organization. The olive branch denotes the peacekeeping function of all Security Forces.