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353 Special Operations Maintenance Squadron (AFSOC)

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.

Lineage. Constituted as 553 Field Maintenance Squadron, and activated, on 9 Feb 1967. Organized on 25 Feb 1967. Inactivated on 15 Dec 1970. Redesignated as: 353 Equipment Maintenance Squadron on 31 Jul 1985; 353 Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron on 21 Mar 1989. Activated on 1 Oct 1989. Redesignated as: 353 Special Operations Maintenance Squadron on 1 Mar 1990; 353 Maintenance Squadron on 15 Jan 1994; 353 Special Operations Maintenance Squadron on 1 Aug 2010.

Assignments. 553 Reconnaissance Wing, 25 Feb 1967-15 Dec 1970. 353 Special Operations Wing (later, 353 Special Operations Group), 1 Oct 1989-.

Stations. Otis AFB, MA, 25 Feb-31 Oct 1967; Korat RTAFB, Thailand, 31 Oct 1967-15 Dec 1970. Clark AB, Philippines, 1 Oct 1989; Kadena AB, Japan, 5 Feb 1992-.
 
Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers. Vietnam: Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer/Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter/Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None.

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Apr 1967-31 May 1968; 1 Jul 1968-15 Apr 1969; 2 Sep 2004-1 Sep 2006; 1 Oct 2006-30 Sep 2008. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 1 Jul 1985-30 Jun 1987; [1 Oct] 1989-5 Apr 1991; 1 Jun 1993-31 May 1995; 1 Sep 1995-31 Aug 1997; 16 Oct 1998-31 May 2000; 13 Oct 2000-1 Sep 2002; 2 Sep 2002-1 Sep 2004; 1 Oct 2008-30 Sep 2010. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1967-15 Dec 1970.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through Jul 2011.

Supersedes statement prepared on 15 Apr 2000.

Emblem. Approved on 30 Jun 1994; newest rendition approved on 8 Jun 2011.

Prepared by Patsy Robertson.
 
Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.