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1st Helicopter Squadron Mission

1st Helicopter Squadron

  • Deliver Continuous, Immediate-response Capability Vital to National Security

  • Provide Priority Airlift for National-level Civil and Military Senior Leadership in the National Capital Region (NCR)

  • Support Joint Force Headquarters – NCR tasked Defense to Civil Authority, Search and Recover and Medical Evacuation

1st HS Key Leadership

 

 

 

 

 Col Bill Root  

Commander

 

Lt Col Jeremy Powell

Vice Commander

 

 

 

1st HS History

  • August 5, 1955 - 1401st HF established as Presidential Support. The 1401st was initially equipped with two CH-21 Shawnee and four H-19 Chickasaw aircraft
  • July 12, 1957 - President Eisenhower became the 1st President to fly in a helicopter when the 1401st HF landed a UH-13J Sioux on the White House lawn
  • October 1, 1957 - Renamed the 1001st Helicopter Flight
  • August 1, 1961 - 1001st Helicopter Flight moved to Bolling, AFB & Renamed 1001st Helicopter Squadron
  • February 1, 1967 - 1001st HS begins flying the UH-1F Huey
  • Circa 1967 - 1001st receives its first Outstanding Unit Award
  • Circa 1967 - The two UH-13Js were retired, with one being sent to the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB, and the other to the Smithsonian
  • Circa 1967 - The unit returned to its original location at Joint Base Andrews, MD
  • May 1, 1968 - Lt Col Gerald O. Young (an alumnus of the squadron) awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroics in Vietnam
  • July 1, 1970 - Unit renamed 1st Helicopter Squadron (1 HS) over the next year
  • August 1, 1970 - CH-3E Jolly Green Giant aircraft were also integrated into the 1 HS, which, over the next year, replaced the UH-1F & CH-21
  • April 1, 1971 - 1 HS receives the UH-1N Huey
  • July 2, 1974 - Then-Vice President Richard Nixon aboard a Huey after the retirement ceremony for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Moorer
  • Circa 1974 - President Johnson aboard a Huey at Joint Base Andrews
  • September 30, 1980 - Reached 100,000 hour accident-free mark becoming the first helicopter squadron ever to do so.
  • January 13, 1982 - The 1 HS was instrumental in the recovery efforts after an airliner crashed into the 14th St. Bridge
  • March 3, 2001 - Vice President Cheney honored the squadron’s 200,000 hour mark
  • September 11, 2001 - Key player in Emergency Evacuation of NCR
  • September 13, 2010 - USAF Verne Orr Award Winner
  • November 1, 2010 - 1 HS splits into two squadrons; 811 OSS and 1 HS make up the 811th OG
  • July 1, 2019 - Squadron celebrates 50 years of excellence
Personnel
  • Officers
    • All pilots
  • Enlisted
    • Flight Engineer
    • Command Post Controllers
    • Aircrew Resource Management
    • Commander Support Staff
  • Deployed
  • 365 day – Afghanistan
  • Average 2-4 members deployed
  • Maintenance Support
  • 811 OSS & Civilian contractors
  • 24/7 Alert Ops
Past Aircraft
  • Boeing
    • H-21 Shawnee (1955-71)
  • Sikorsky
    • H-19  Chickasaw (1955-67)
    • CH-3 Jolly Green (1970-88)
  • Bell
    • UH-13 Ranger (1957-67)
    • UH-1F Huey (1967-71)
Present Aircraft
  • UH-1N Huey   (1971-Present)
  • Primary Function:  Utility
  • Builder:  Bell Helicopter Co.
  • Power Plant:  Pratt & Whitney T400-CP-400
  • Range:  250 Nautical Miles
  • Ceiling:  10,000 Feet
  • Speed:  100 Knots Cruise
  • Date Deployed:  1970
  • Crew:  Two or Three: Pilot and Co-pilot or Pilot and Flight Engineer
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