On May 1, 1974, Marine Aviation Training Support Squadron 903, Marine
Aviation Training Support Group 90 was activated on board Naval Air Station
Meridian, Miss. On April 20, 1979, it was re-designated as Marine Aviation
Training Support Group. On Aug. 18, 2000, it was again re-designated as Marine
Aviation Training Support Squadron One (MATSS-1).
The mission of MATSS-1 is to provide Marine students with well-prepared,
innovative instructors, opportunities for leadership, solid role models and the
highest level of quality education in a safe training environment.
MATSS-1 provides “A” School training for Marines in one of four Military
Occupational Specialties (MOS’s) following Marine Corps Recruit Training (Boot
Camp) and Marine Combat Training (MCT). Marine Corps students will attend
classes six to eight weeks in duration.
The entry-level courses and the MOS’s earned are Marine Aviation Operations
Specialist Course (AOS 7041), Marine Aviation Supply Specialist Course (MASS
6672), Aviation Maintenance Administration Specialist Course (AZ 6046) and IMRL
Asset Managers System (IAMS 6042).
Marine students are also guided toward discovering and capitalizing on their
strengths of self-discipline, physical fitness, attention to detail, personal
responsibility, and personal accountability. This helps to ensure MATSS-1’s goal
of sending to the operating forces a Marine who is both technically proficient
at an entry level for his/her MOS, as well as a Marine who can be depended upon
to maintain the moral and professional standards that are expected of a United
MATSS-1 also provides administrative support for instructor pilots and Marine
Corps Student Naval Aviators assigned to attend school at Training Air Wing
MATSS-1 is the recipient of the National Defense Service Streamer with two
Bronze Stars as well as the Global War on Terrorism Service Streamer.
In November 2013, MATSS-1 dedicated the Marine Obstacle Course to Cpl.
Sylvester Hood Sr., a Montford Point Marine and Meridian native.