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Here is a handy reference for web site visitors who may not be familiar with the many acronyms we use.

Squadron, Unit, Organization, Status, etc.
AAAAnti-Aircraft Artillery
AAFESArmy and Air Force Exchange Service
AFDSAviation Field Depot Squadron
AGEAerospace Ground Equipment
AGSAircraft Generation Squadron
AMSAvionics Maintenance Squadron
AMUAircraft Maintenance Unit
APSAir Postal Squadron
ARRWAir Rescue & Recovery Wing
ATCAir Training Command
ATCAir Traffic Controller
BHSBase Headquarters Squadron
BXBase Exchange
CAMSConsol Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
CBPOConsolidated Base Personnel Office
CDSCombat Defense Squadron
CESCivil Engineering Squadron
CQCharge of Quarters
CRSComponent Repair Squadron
CSCommunications Squadron
CSGCombat Support Group
DOSDates Of Service
ECMElectronic Counter Measures
ECSElectronic Combat Squadron
EMSEquipment Maintenance Squadron
FMSField Maintenance Squadron
FSFighter Squadron
FTDField Training Detachment
HASHardened Aircraft Shelter
KIASKnots Indicated Airspeed
LELaw Enforcement
MEWSManual Electronic Warfare Systems
MDGMedical Group
MMSMunitions Maintenance Squadron
MOCMaintenance Operation Center
MWRMorale Welfare & Recreation
MSSMission Support Squadron
MVSMotor Vehicle Squadron
NCOICNon Commissioned Officer In Charge
OICOfficer In Charge
OMSOrganizational Maintenance Squadron
ORIOperational Readiness Inspection
OSSOperations Support Squadron
PCSPermanent Change of Station
PMELPrecision Measurement Equipment Laboratory
RSSRegional Support Squadron
SACStrategic Air Command
SPGSecurity Police Group
SPSSecurity Police Squadron
TACTactical Air Command
TDYTemporary Duty
TFSTactical Fighter Squadron
TFWTactical Fighter Wing
TRSTactical Reconnaissance Squadron
TSTransportation Squadron
USAFEUnited States Air Forces in Europe
WCINWeapons Control Inertial Navigation (also called "Bomb Nav" or just "A-Shop")
WSOWeapons Systems Officer
Rank Abbreviations
ABAirman Basic
AmnAirman
A1CAirman First Class
A2CAirman Second Class
SrASenior Airman
SgtSergeant
SSgtStaff Sergeant
TSgtTechnical Sergeant
MSgtMaster Sergeant
SMSgtSenior Master Sergeant
CMSgtChief Master Sergeant
Phonetic Alphabet
A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliet
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskie
X Xray
Y Yankie
Z Zebra
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This page was last updated on 27 June 2005.