The 325th Operations Support Squadron is one of four squadrons assigned to the 325th Operations Group, 325th Fighter Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The squadron provides support to U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve F-22 Raptor pilots. The 325th OSS also controls air traffic, manages the airfield complex, and provides weather support. Additionally, the 325th OSS schedules sorties in more than 3,400 square miles of Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation training ranges for more than 4,000 sorties annually involving local and TDY units.
The squadron also trains air traffic controllers. Members of the squadron provide operations scheduling, weapons and tactics training, life support training, water survival training, weather observation and forecasting, and air traffic control service to over 160,000 civilian, commercial, and military operations annually in the Tyndall-Panama City, Fla., terminal area. Additionally, the squadron manages the airfield, airspace, programmed flying training, wing flying hour program, flight records, and manpower for the 325th OG commander.
The 325th Operations Support Squadron dates back to World War II. The squadron was first constituted as the 325th Aerodrome Squadron at Hunter Field, Ga., on July 14, 1943 and subsequently activated on July 20, 1943. During World War II, the squadron served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater under the Seventh Air Force. The squadron served at numerous locations throughout the war until it was deactivated on Jan. 20, 1945, as part of Sixth Air Service Command, Oahu, Hawaii. The squadron was reconstituted, redesignated and activated as the 325th Operations Support Squadron on Sept. 1, 1991 as part of the 325th FW.
The 325th OSS emblem is symbolic of the squadron's multifaceted support functions. 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 circular emblem encloses a bird of prey, the air dominance fighter, ready to launch from a fisted gauntlet representing the squadron as a steady operational base. The lightning bolt behind the bird of prey indicates the technology that allows flight operation in all weather, day or night. It is the same lightning bolt displayed on the 325th FW emblem. The six stars, three on each side of the bird of prey, represent the six unique functions of the squadron: airfield operations, aircrew flight equipment, current operations, training, tactics, and weather.
Lt. Col. Russell S. Badowski