1st Helicopter Squadron

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1st Helicopter Squadron [1]
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1st Helicopter Squadron Patch
Active 20 April 1944 - 12 November 1945
1 July 1969 - Present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Part of Air Force District of Washington
11th Wing
11th Operations Group
Garrison/HQ Andrews Air Force Base
Motto First and Foremost
Engagements World War II
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg DUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA

The 1st Helicopter Squadron is a United States Air Force unit based at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland assigned to the 811th Operations Group, 11th Wing that supports Washington D.C. capital area airlift for the Executive Branch, high-ranking dignitaries, high-ranking military leaders and other VIPs. The squadron is tasked to support key government officials as well as search and rescue missions. Currently the squadron operates UH-1N Huey helicopters acquired in the early 1970s.[2] Air Force Global Strike Command also operates the UH-1N and has proposed the Common Vertical Lift Support Platform (CVLSP) program to seek a replacement to their UH-1Ns.[3]


The 1st flew combat missions in the China Burma India Theater from 14 February to 9 May 1945 as a fighter unit. Since 1969 it has provided local airlift for the Executive Department, high-ranking dignitaries, and distinguished visitors, as well as support for emergency evacuation of key government officials, search and rescue, and emergency medical evacuation.[1]

Community Environmental and Safety Concerns[edit]

The 1st Helicopter Squadron has been the subject of complaints from some members of Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill neighborhood for several years, aggravated by recent use of Capitol Hill airspace to establish holding patterns when air traffic near Washington Reagan National Airport is congested. These complaints center on noise and vibration that is disturbing to adults and children.[1] In addition, these flights are often at very low altitude over elementary schools, back and forth, raising concerns over safety in the event of a mechanical malfunction.



  • 1st Fighter Reconnaissance Squadron (1944)
  • 1st Fighter Squadron, Commando (1944–1969)
  • 1st Helicopter Squadron (1969–Present)



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