1st Helicopter Squadron Mission Statement

1st Helicopter Squadron

MISSION

 

  • 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 Personnel

    PLACEHOLDER  INFORMATION 

 

 

 

 Lt Col Jason Coleman  

Commander

 

SMSgt Fabio

Horton

Superintendent

 

MSgt Lynnette Banks

First Sergeant

 

1st HS History

1HS Timeline 

 

  • 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

 

AIRCRAFT PAST

 

  • 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)

 

AIRCRAFT PRESENT

 

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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