The 325th Services Squadron is one of six squadrons assigned to the 325th Mission Support Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The squadron provides comprehensive combat support and community services for active duty and required military and their family members in support of wing and associate unit missions. The squadron deploys worldwide on short notice to support national security requirements by conducting food service, lodging, fitness, recreation, laundry and mortuary operations. The squadron provides in-garrison morale, welfare and recreation programs, to include child development and youth programs, food service, lodging, recreation, physical fitness, and readiness. The squadron's primary objectives are tied to personal fitness, unit and community cohesion, family well-being, quality of life, recreation awareness and outreach.
Services morale, welfare and recreation programs originated during the Revolutionary War when food, lodging and sale of goods by settlers provided income to post funds. Congress officially recognized military welfare and post funds in an 1861 Civil War appropriation bill. During that time, organizations such as the United States Sanitary Commission (forerunner of the American Red Cross) and religious groups were visiting troop locations and providing forms of recreation. When a huge citizen army was established during World War I, library services, troop canteens, sports programs, cultural arts programs, a motion picture service, and the United Services Organization (USO) were founded. Service clubs were begun in World War II. Since that time, these services have evolved into a growing multi-faceted leisure time program.
On Oct. 1, 1991, Tactical Air Command officially activated the 325th MWR Squadron and the 325th Services Squadron under the 325th Support Group. Tactical Air Command was deactivated June 1, 1992, and the squadrons were activated under Air Combat Command.
The 325th MWR Squadron and SVS were integrated into the 325th Morale, Welfare, Recreation and Services Squadron on Oct. 1, 1992. As a result of the realignment of Air Force major commands, Tyndall became a part of the Air Education and Training Command on July 1, 1993. On Jan. 1, 1994, the 325th MWRS was officially redesignated the 325th Services Squadron. The Tyndall services program now consists of more than 35 separate facilities and activities, including aero, marina, enlisted and officers' clubs, golf, bowling, veterinary clinic, recycling, food service, lodging, physical fitness, community activities, skills development, library, outdoor recreation, child development, youth activities, resource management, marketing, training, human resource, mortuary affairs, honor guard and PRIME RIBS. It is also liaison for Army/Air Force Exchange Service's exchange and the commissary. Squadron activities generate more than $8 million annually in nonappropriated funds.
The 325th SVS emblem is symbolic of the squadron's many services activities that support the base. Blue and yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The olive branches signify peace and peacekeeping of the defense mission. The lightning flash represents power and readiness. The torch is a symbol of excellence and describes the attributes of strength, vigilance, spirit and camaraderie that are the center of the services mission.
Current as of: Oct. 20, 2021