Executive Officer (XO)
The XO is the second senior naval aviator in the
squadron. He/she is the direct representative of the CO,
whose duties are prescribed in U.S. Navy Regulations.
The XO is assisted by various department heads, whose
duties vary according to their designated mission and
tasks. The executive officer assures that the squadron is
administered properly and the squadron commander's
orders are carried out.
Maintenance Officer (MO)
The MO has administrative control over the main-
tenance department and is responsible to the CO for
accomplishing the squadron mission. The maintenance
officer establishes procedures and delegates authority
to subordinates. The MO reviews the decisions and
actions of subordinates and controls personnel assigned
to divisions within the department. The MO is assisted
by the assistant maintenance officer (AMO).
Maintenance Material Control Officer
This officer is responsible for the production effort
of the department. The maintenance material control
officer (MMCO) plans, schedules, and supervises all
activities of the production divisions. The MMCO is
responsible for obtaining all supplies needed to support
the squadron workload and keeping related records.
Aircraft Squadron Departments
All aircraft squadrons have an administrative
department and a safety department. Most squadrons
also have an operations department and a maintenance
department. Some squadrons have one or more
departments in addition to the four already mentioned.
Based upon the mission of the squadron, there may be a
training, photographic, or intelligence department. A
department head reports to the commanding officer,
and is responsible for the operational readiness of the
department. Department heads are responsible for
Operation, planning, security, safety, cleanliness of
areas assigned, and records and reports are some of the
department head responsibilities.
OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT.The opera-
operational readiness and tactical efficiency of the
consists of the logs and records, schedules, training,
communications, and navigation divisions.
administrative department (ADMIN) is responsible for
all the administrative duties within the squadron. This
department takes care of official correspondence,
personnel records, and directives. The personnel office,
educational services office, public affairs office, and
department. The first lieutenant and command career
counselor work as members of this department.
SAFETY DEPARTMENT.The safety depart-
ment is responsible for all matters concerning the
squadron's safety program. Generally, this department
is divided into the ground safety, aviation safety, and
responsible for ensuring that standardized procedures
are followed in operating the squadron's aircraft.
MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT.The main-
tenance department is responsible for the overall
maintenance department is usually divided into six
areas. They are maintenance/material control, qual-
ity assurance/analysis, maintenance administration,
Figure 2-4.Typical aircraft squadron organizational chart.