97th Operations Support Squadron

The 97th Airdrome Squadron was constituted on 1 April 1943 and activated on 5 April 1943 until later Inactivated on 10 November 1947 and disbanded on 8 October 1948.

Eventually it was reconstituted, and consolidated later on 29 August 1991 with the 97th Operations Squadron which was constituted on 22 April 1959. Activated on 1 July 1959 then discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 January 1962.

Then it was redesignated as the 97th Operations Support Squadron on 29 August 1991. Activated on 1 September 1991. Inactivated on 1 June 1992 until activated on 1 October 1992.

On Feb. 15, 2002, the 97th Operations Support Squadron split to create a separate training squadron. The 97th Training Squadron was born, taking with it the student administration section, quality assurance section and two training flights.

The 97th Operations Support Squadron, consisting of officers, enlisted and civilian personnel, manages the wing's $412-million, 18,872-hour flying program for over 261 instructors and 2,189 C-17 and KC-135 students annually. The unit provides direct support to two flying squadrons and operates six flights to include airfield operations, current operations, aircrew flight equipment, intelligence, tactics and weather.

In 2008, the unit won the Secretary of Defense CINC Installation Excellence-Special Recognition award. In 2009, the unit won the Air Education and Training Command Chief of Staff of the Air Force Team Excellence and Top Operations Squadron awards. The unit won the 2010 Oklahoma AFA Military Unit of the Year. The unit has recently won the 2011 and 2014 Air Education and Training Command’s Top Operations Squadron.

(Updated as of July 2019)