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Squadron Officer School Heritage

Air Corps Tactical SchoolSquadron Officer School (SOS) traces its roots more directly to the Air Tactical School (ATS), formerly located at Tyndall Field, Florida. After the creation of AU in 1946, ATS moved to Maxwell Field—later Maxwell AFB.  In that same year, Col Russell V. Ritchey founded SOS. Designed as a leadership development center for junior officers, the school blended graduate-level instructional techniques with thrilling experiential activities to teach and reinforce leadership, team building, and critical-thinking skills.  Beginning in November of 2014, both Line and non-Line Air Force captains are afforded a 100% resident opportunity to attend the six and a half week course. Today’s SOS offers cutting-edge leadership instruction and experiential applications that students find both challenging and rewarding.

 Squadron officer school squadron history

 

30th Student Squadron - The "Knights" are one of the original units from 1950.  It was designated "Group A."  When the school adopted unit mascots in 1969, Group A became known as the "White Knights,"  and is one of three squadrons that still has its original mascot.  The squadron colors are red and white.  Their emblem bears the name "Excalibur," the legendary sword of King Arthur, and the squadron vision matches the theme: "We Encourage Heroic Airmen." Their mantra is " Answer the Call. Return with Honor."  The Knights have educated over 26,600 USAF and international officers and DoD civilians in their service to SOS.

 

31st Student Squadron - The "Bulls" were not an original unit but called into service in the 1950s.  It was designated "Group B."  When the school adopted unit mascots in 1969, Group B became the "The Bulls," and is one of three squadrons that still has its original mascot.  The squadron colors are maroon and gold.  The squadron motto is "Vereor Taurus" which is Latin for "Fear the Bull," and their cheer is "Mess with the Bulls, You get the Horns!"  The Bulls have educated over 25,700 USAF and international officers and DoD civilians in their service to SOS.

 

32d Student Squadron - The "Centurions" are one of the original units from 1950.  It was designated "Group C."  When the school adopted unit mascots in 1969, Group C became known as the "Green Giants."  In 1985, the unit was renamed and replaced with its current designation as the "Centurions."  The squadron colors are green and gold.  The squadron motto is "Nelli Secundus" which is Latin for "Second to None," and their cheer is "Strength and Honor!"  The Centurions have educated over  26,500 USAF and international officers and DoD civilians in their service to SOS.

 

33d Student Squadron - The "Tigers" are one of the original units from 1950.  It was designated "Group F." When the school adopted unit mascots in 1969, Group F became known as the "Tigers," and continues to be known as the Tigers Squadron today.  The squadron colors are orange and black.  The squadron motto is "Everyone a Tiger," and their cheer is"Out for Blood!"  The Tigers have educated over 26,000 USAF and international officers and DoD civilians in their service to SOS.