Aviation Maintenance Squadron One (AMS-1) is one of two subordinate Squadrons assigned to the Marine Aviation Training Support Group (MATSG) in Pensacola. The Squadron's mission is to provide quality support and leadership to its Marines, enabling them to become Enlisted Aircrewmen, Expeditionary Airfield Technicians, Aviation Ordnancemen, Ground Support Equipment technicians, Jet Engine, Propeller and Helicopter Mechanics, Aircraft Structural and Non-Destructive Inspection technicians, NALCOMIS system operators, Pilot Safety and Survival Mechanics and Parachute Riggers. These Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) schools range in length from four to sixteen weeks. The NALCOMIS and NDI schools are "C" schools which bring fleet experienced Marines back to AMS-1. NALCOMIS provides for in-depth training on the maintenance and operation of the Maintenance Information System, a vital tool used throughout the Marine Corps for documenting Aviation Maintenance Management procedures. NDI school provides the education leading to certification as a Non-Destructive Inspection Operator and Technician. Whether in entry level training or follow on training AMS-1 provides Marines trained and ready for a smooth transition to their next duty assignment.
AMS-1 staff billets are comprised of the Command Element, consisting of the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, First Sergeant and the Administrative Noncommissioned Officer. The Barracks Division consists of the Squadron Gunnery Sergeant and five Fleet Marine Force experienced SNCO's and NCO's whose primary duty is the management of our barracks and direct small unit leadership for their Marines. In addition, the Squadron has 105, highly trained and experienced Marine Staff NCO's and NCO's who are the "technical experts" serving as NCOIC's, instructors, and small unit leaders for Marines assigned to eight academic training divisions in the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) and Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC) training complexes.
With a staff of approximately 120 Marines, ranging from the rank of Corporal through Master Gunnery Sergeant to Chief Warrant Officer-5, and students numbering approximately 800 Marines, AMS-1 is one of the largest squadrons in the Marine Corps. The Squadron's ultimate responsibility is to contribute to the maintenance of a credible force in readiness by maintaining a working environment which enhances personal and professional growth for its Marines and establishing a culture consistent with those of Marine Corps fleet units to enable its annual throughput of nearly 2000 Marines to make a smooth transition to their future fleet or reserve units.
To provide quality support and leadership to our Marines, enabling them to accomplish their missions as students, instructors, and staff. Ultimately, our responsibility is to contribute to the maintenance of a credible force in readiness. We are guided in our actions by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and SECNAV, CMC, Group, and Squadron policy and guidance letters, instructions, and orders.
Maintain a working environment which enhances personal and professional growth for all assigned personnel.
Establish a culture consistent with those of Marine Corps fleet units to enable our Marines to make a smooth transition to their future fleet units.
The standards and expectations of this Squadron are hard work, moral and physical courage, honesty, teamwork, professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm, pride in ourselves and our accomplishments, and a positive mental attitude (PMA). Our commitment to the future is to maximize the personal and professional growth of our Marines and to develop highly qualified professionals who immediately make their marks as combat multipliers in their fleet units. The challenges before each of us is to ensure that our efforts contribute to the success of the Squadron and accomplishment of our mission, and that we enjoy ourselves in the process.