1 Fighter Squadron

Eagle History

The 1st Fighter Squadron “Miss Fury” was stationed at Tyndall AFB, Florida and was one of the three Fighter Squadrons that formed up the 325th Fighter Wing. The The 1st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron started receiving the first F-15 in January 1984.

On Sept. 17, 1991, the operations and maintenance functions of the 1st TFTS joined to form a combined squadron. It was renamed the 1st Fighter Squadron. The squadron continues to train F-15 pilots for the combat air forces and has received several honors, such as earning the Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award for 1998, Nineteenth Air Force Top Operations Squadron of the Year for 1998, and 325th Fighter Wing Fighter Squadron of the Year for 1995, 1997 and 1998.

An F-15 Eagle from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., returns from a live weapons-fire exercise during William Tell 2004 here Nov. 10. Two weeks of competition will challenge pilots, weapons loaders and maintainers from five F-15 fighter wings. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

Other notable accomplishments include receiving the U. S. Air Force Air Flight Safety of the Year award for 2002, as well as recognition for best intelligence mission report. Also, members received by-name recognition during the 2003 Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Operational Readiness Inspection.

The 1st Fighter Squadron was deactivated on Dec. 15, 2006.

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From talons to Miss Fury’s skull – 1st FS accomplishes

by Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs 22 December 2006 — With the rise of new fighter aircraft and decrease in the number of F-15 Eagles flown in the active Air Force, the 1st Fighter Squadron and its maintaining force, the 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit, were inactivated 11:01 a.m. Dec. 15 after 22 years of Eagle pilot training.

The 1st FS has been inactivated and reactivated on two other occasions to meet the changing needs of the Air Force. The most recent reactivation took place in 1984 when the squadron opened as the 1st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron and has served the same mission under its current title since 1991. During those years, an estimated 670 pilots have been trained and countless others affected by the legacy the two units leave behind.  “I have mixed emotions about our closing,” said Lt. Col. Tom Menker, 1st FS commander. “On a personal note, I am saddened. Being the 1st FS commander has been a great opportunity. It has been rewarding and challenging at the same time, but I recognize the Air Force’s need to evolve.” “Thousands of members have worked in the 1st AMU over the years. I think most would remember it as one of their best assignments,” said Capt. Robert Anson, 1st AMU officer in charge.

As the squadron’s doors close, most Airmen from both units will remain part of Team Tyndall. Members of the 1st FS will be transferring to the 2nd FS and 95th FS, 325th Operations Support Squadron and Operations Group staff, while members of the 1st AMU will go to the 2nd, 43rd and 95th AMUs with a small number going to 325th MXS and other assignments. Due to the local transition, the “red” team camaraderie will remain and intergrate into the other squadrons. “We have had a great working relationship with the 1st AMU … which leads to better student training and students graduating early, ” said Colonel Menker. “We recognized that give and take on both ends works well.” The units made an impact on national and joint multi-national security measures by participating in large force employments such as exercise “Trident Fury” in Victoria, Canada earlier this year, where their mission was preparing security measures for the 2010 Olympics. The units’ impact on the Air Force mission has given many of its members fond memories and sense of pride. “It’s hard to put into words how rewarding being a commander of a fighter squadron is,” said Colonel Menker. “There are so many moving parts and people that make it come together at the end of the day. It’s amazing to see it all come together and produce a qualified pilot five and a half months after he arrives.” “It’s rare that so many personalities and capabilities come together to form such a great team,” said Captain Anson. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being on the ‘red’ team. Although it’s sad we’re closing, we’ll take that pride with us

Squadron photos

Lt. Col. Malcolm Kemeny (far left), former 1st FS director of operations, stands in formation with fellow members of the 1st FS and 1st AMU during the inactivation ceremony held in Hangar 1 Dec. 15
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Lt. Col. Tom Menker, 1st Fighter Squadron commander, prepares for a dissimilar aircraft combat training sortie against F-16s and F/A-18s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. John York)
Lt. Col. Bert “Psycho” Dreher, an F-15C instructor pilot from the 1st Fighter Squadron (FS), Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), flies over the Gulf of Mexico. His unit is in the Gulf area participating in the Air-to-Air Weapons System Evaluation Program (WSEP) commonly referred to as Combat Archer.

Former Stinger Eagle F-15C 79-0072 on the ramp at Bitburg AB ready to fly to Tyndall AFB to join the 1st FS during the downsizing of Bitburg AB early 90’s.
1 FS, 2 FS and 95th FS Eagles on the ramp at Nellis AFB, Oct 1995 in support of “Gunsmoke” 95.
81-0027 crashed during a training sortie on the 21st of May 2004, the pilot Lt Col Patrick Marshall got out oke with minor injuries.
Capt John “Dizzy” Dean, foreground and Maj Mark “Meat” MacLean, F-15C flight instructor assigned to the 1st Fighter Squadron , Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida (FL), simultaneously fire AIM-7 Sparrow radar-guided missiles at an aerial target drone over the Gulf of Mexico during a weapons evaluation mission. Sept 8th, 2003 photo made by Tsgt Michael Ammons, USAF
75-0082, Flagship for First Air Force. Jet also carries markings for the 1st TFTS “Griffins,” as well as nose art for Bay County, Florida, the home of Tyndall AFB.
F-15D 78-0566 the 1FS ‘Fighting Furies’ deploys ‘square shooter’ IR Decoy flares
Staff Sgt. Robert Donaldson snaps a salute to an Eagle pilot as he prepares to taxi during a sortie flown against dissimilar aircraft. Sergeant Donaldson is a 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. John York)