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552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron



The 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is a unit of the 552nd Maintenance Group, 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

The 552nd Aircraft Generation Squadron was redesignated the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in October 2002. It is the wing's largest squadron with well over 600 assigned personnel, the unit provides organizational-level maintenance of all major aircraft systems and components for Air Combat Command's fleet of 28 E-3 Sentry aircraft supporting 16,000 annual flying hours.
Specifically, the unit provides extensive on equipment maintenance for the E-3 both at home station and at world wide contingency locations. The squadron is divided into three aircraft maintenance units supporting six flying squadrons and a support flight.

The squadron was constituted October 11, 1954, and then activated December 18, 1954 as the 552nd Periodic Maintenance Squadron, a unit of the 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan Air Force Base, Calif. The unit was redesignated the 552nd Organizational Maintenance Squadron October 1, 1960, and was inactivated April 1, 1975.
It was again activated at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., on October 1, 1978, as the 552nd Aircraft Generation Squadron. As a result of the reorganization of the 552nd Air Control Wing and the inactivation of the 28th Air Division, the unit was designated the 552nd Maintenance Squadron on May 29, 1992. The squadron was reactivated as the 952nd Aircraft Generation Squadron in December 1995. It was redesignated the 552nd Aircraft Generation Squadron in September 1997and the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in October 2002.
The unit has a rich history of supporting worldwide contingency operations with people and equipment to include Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Allied Force, Operations Northern and Southern Watch, Operation Enduring
Freedom and most recently Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The squadron's coat of arms reflects the organization's mission. The background represents the rotodome and its pedestal on the E-3. The eagle stands for the freedom of the United States, its citizens, and the E-3's reputation as the "Eyes of the Eagle." The lightning bolt reflects the electronically equipped aircraft the squadron supports, and was part of the original patch of the 552nd Periodic Maintenance Squadron designed in 1954.