318TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON

The 318 OSS is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

The 318 OSS is a subordinate unit under the 688th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.


The 318th Operations Support Squadron (318 OSS), located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, executes operations support functions for the 688th Cyberspace Operations Group and 318th Cyberspace Operations Group and all service-provided and retained Cyber Protection Teams.   It is responsible for development and standardization of operations training, operations synchronization and management of the 688th Cyberspace Wing’s Exercise, Intelligence and Weapons and Tactics programs.  The 318 OSS also provides relevant and timely influence operations for global Air and Space Operations Centers, HQ, USAF and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mission:
Deliver and support delivery of innovative combat capabilities in defense of the Nation.

Vision:

Drive operations through strong partnerships, cyber expertise and innovation.

People:
76 experienced active duty, civilians and contractor professionals, representing 23 Air Force Specialty Codes perform the 318 OSS mission.  Our team has expertise ranging in influence operations, cyber intelligence, cyber warfare and cyber innovations.

Organization:
The 318 OSS is part of the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group and 688th Cyberspace Wing, both located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, which are aligned under 24th Air Force and Air Force Space Command.  

Cyberspace Capabilities:
The 318 OSS executes cyberspace operations synchronization, operations training development and oversight, cyberspace weapons and tactics and Wing exercise program management and provides all Wing cyber missions intelligence support. 

History:
The squadron was first activated at Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina on 1 May 1943 as the 318th Airdrome Squadron. The squadron provided support to the 309th Bombardment Group, a Replacement Training Unit that trained replacement aircrews using B-25 Mitchell aircraft.  However, the AAF was finding that standard military units, based on relatively inflexible tables of organization were proving less well adapted to performing the training and supporting missions. Accordingly, a more functional system was adopted in which each base was organized into a separate numbered unit.  As a result, in 1944, the squadron was disbanded and merged into the 329th Army Air Force Base Unit. The squadron was reactivated in 2011, replacing the 23rd Information Operations Squadron as the support organization for the 318th Cyberspace Operations Group.  

(As of Oct 2016)