Air Education and Training Command
Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base near San Antonio, was established July 1, 1993, with the realignment of Air Training Command and Air University. Its mission is to recruit, train and educate quality people through military, technical and flying training and pre-commissioning, professional military and continuing education. The command includes two numbered Air Forces, the Air University, Air Force Recruiting Service and Wilford Hall Medical Center. More than 43,000 active-duty members and 14,000 civilians make up AETC. The command has responsibility for approximately 1,500 aircraft.
82nd Training Wing
The host unit on Sheppard is the 82nd Training Wing, whose mission makes it the most diversified training base in AETC. The 82nd TRW provides specialized technical training, medical and field training for officers, enlisted and civilians of all branches of the military including the Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, other DOD agencies and foreign nationals. Courses, resident and nonresident, exceed 1,100. More than 87,000 people graduate each year from basic and advanced courses ranging from pharmacy to power production, aircraft maintenance to budget and data systems. The wing also supports undergraduate pilot training as well as flying training to students from 13 NATO nations through the 80th Flying Training Wing. The 82nd, 782nd, 882nd and 982nd training groups administer the 82nd TRW’s training programs. The base receives major operational support from the 82nd Mission Support Group and the 82nd Medical Group.
This wing staff agency serves as the single point of control for all Sheppard technical and military training issues for the wing commander and higher headquarters and supports training for more than 65,000 Air Force, DOD and international students annually. TO is organized into six subordinate areas: Training Operations Oversight (TOO), Faculty Development (TOF), Military Training Support (TOM), Transition Flight (TOT), Registrar (TOR) and International Military Student Office (TOI). These functional areas provide oversight for resources, policy development, training flow management, training technology, standardization and evaluation, and foreign disclosure; develop, manage and deliver AETC standardized training courses and Air Force courses for wing faculty, staff and other students; provide oversight and support to Training Squadron (TRS) MTLs on all matters pertaining to military training; work closely with owning squadron and base support agencies to expedite NPS separation, court-martial or re-entry into training; administer Registrar functions for TO/82/782/982 TRGs; and administratively manage international students entered into wing training courses. Additionally, TOO serves as the Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for four contracts.
82nd Training Group
The 82nd Training Group educates and trains officers and Airmen to replenish the combat capability of the armed forces. Personnel assigned to the group develop lesson plans and instruct more than 200 maintenance officer, aircraft maintenance and munitions maintenance courses and 37 Career Development Courses. The group is responsible for more than 30,000 Air Force, Defense Department and international graduates annually. It also manages $2.4 billion in aircraft, facilities and equipment and has an operations budget of $19.4 million. There are more than 6,000 military and civilian members assigned to the group.
361ST TRAINING SQUADRON
- Trains more than 4,900 graduates annually.
- Develops and instructs 45 courses in aerospace ground equipment, fuel systems, aerospace propulsion, aircrew life support, aircraft metals technology, aircraft structural maintenance, nondestructive inspection, survival equipment, egress systems and vehicle body repair.
- Develops and manages 12 Career Development Courses.
- Manages assets worth $64 million and is responsible for the welfare of 260 military and civilian Airmen.
362ND TRAINING SQUADRON
- Develops and instructs 31 aircraft maintenance crew chief courses.
- Graduates more than 10,000 students annually from three-level and supplemental crew chief courses in support of eight MAJCOMs.
- Instills military training and discipline in assigned nonprior-service students.
- Manages training assets and equipment, including 33 aircraft valued at more than $1.02 billion.
- Develops and manages seven Career Development Courses.
- Manages Type-6 training courses, producing more than 6,000 graduates annually.
363RD TRAINING SQUADRON
- Trains more than 3,800 graduates in armament systems, and nuclear and conventional munitions annually.
- Develops and instructs 28 academic and supplemental courses.
- Develops and manages three Career Field Education and Training Plans.
- Develops and manages five Career Development Courses.
782nd Training Group
The 782nd Training Group has four squadrons, three detachments and two operating locations that support training for Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps military, civilians and foreign students. Three squadrons conduct the technical training of 13,300 students annually. Training in six career field families includes: telecommunications, aircraft systems, avionics, civil engineer, fuels and vehicle operations. The fourth squadron is a training support squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, that provides Combat Camera, video production and interactive multimedia instruction to Air Force and DOD customers around the world. The director of training and education, training operations and training evaluations provide additional technical and administrative support to the group.
364TH TRAINING SQUADRON
- The Air Force’s most diverse training squadron.
- Develops and conducts operational training in aircraft systems electrical and environmental, hydraulics, POL fuels and telecommunications career fields.
- Trains more than 3,700 U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine personnel and international military and civilian Department of Defense students annually.
- Responsible for 24 resident training teams, three mobile teams and one Operating Location at Fort Lee, Virginia.
- Develops and manages eight Career Development Courses.
365TH TRAINING SQUADRON
- Air Force Center of Excellence for avionics training.
- Develops and conducts technical and military training in 11 avionics specialties.
- Trains more than 1,618 military, Defense Department civilian and international students annually.
- Responsible for 14 resident and 17 nonresident Career Development Courses.
366TH TRAINING SQUADRON
- Develops and conducts technical and military training for more than 8,000 Air Force and international military and Defense Department civilian personnel annually in 86 civil engineer and vehicle operator resident courses.
- Maintains 13 mobile training teams and 36 career development courses executed worldwide.
- Manages more than $170 million in equipment and facilities.
- Responsible for training at the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the Naval Construction Training Center at Gulfport, Mississippi, and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
- Two operating locations and more than 330 military and civilian personnel assigned.
367TH TRAINING SUPPORT SQUADRON
Supports Air Combat Command and Combat Air Force as well as Air Mobility Command and Mobility Air Force aircraft and munitions maintenance by:
- Creating world-class, interactive, multimedia instruction to improve aircraft and munitions maintenance training effectiveness.
- Providing reliable, unbiased fact-based performance analysis, identifying root causes of performance deficiencies and recommending possible solutions.
- Applying Instructional Systems Design with the latest e-learning technologies to alleviate specifically identified knowledge and skill gaps.
- Evaluating effectiveness, instructional integrity and sustaining technical accuracy of our training products.
982nd Training Group
This group boasts the motto, “The World is our Classroom.” Its mission is to provide quality, hands-on aircraft, munitions and communications-electronics maintenance training to meet the evolving needs of its primary customer, the first-line supervisor. The group takes the classroom to the maintenance specialists at 46 worldwide locations, including Alaska, Europe and the Pacific Theater. More than 1,200 people are assigned to the group, its two training squadrons and one maintenance squadron. The group’s annual student production exceeds 30,000.
982ND MAINTENANCE SQUADRON
- Provides top-quality trainer maintenance for the Air Force’s largest training wing and two satellite locations.
- Trainers maintained by civilians, military and contractors.
- Sixty-eight ground instructional training aircraft.
- More than 14,500 equipment items.
- Aircraft trainers: 1,100.
- Total value in excess of $1.9 billion.
- Annual budget of approximately $14 million.
372ND TRAINING SQUADRON
- Provides formal advanced aircraft maintenance training for bomber, fighter, unmanned aircraft systems, jet engine and support equipment to eight MAJCOMs, ANG, sister services and allied forces.
- Awards aircraft maintenance skill levels.
- Trains more than 20,000 students annually in 311 courses at 27 detachments worldwide.
373RD TRAINING SQUADRON
- Provides formal advanced aircraft maintenance training on airlift, tanker, special operations and special mission wide-bodied aircraft to eight MAJCOMs, ANG, sister services and allied forces.
- Awards aircraft maintenance skill levels.
- Trains more than 15,000 students annually in 320 courses at 19 detachments worldwide.
82nd Mission Support Group
The 82nd Mission Support Group provides civil engineer, personnel, communications, services, law enforcement, contracting and logistics readiness support for Sheppard. The unit serves more than 25,000 permanent party members and their families and 87,000 students per year with a workforce of about 2,500 employees. The group also serves as the base liaison with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Defense Commissary Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency.
80th Flying Training Wing
The 80th Flying Training Wing, a Sheppard tenant unit, is the home of the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, the free world’s only internationally manned and managed undergraduate pilot training program. ENJJPT is unique because it is a multinational endeavor chartered to train NATO fighter pilots. Thirteen NATO nations participate: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Half of the key positions in the wing are filled by allied officers. The 80 FTW is the only UPT wing in Air Education and Training Command that conducts its own program to train newly assigned instructor pilots. ENJJPT trains up to 218 student pilots, 80 instructor pilots and 150 Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals trainees annually. The wing is a fully integrated staff of 1,200 military, civilian and contract personnel, employing 201 T-6 and T-38C aircraft, flying more than 66,000 hours per year.
80TH OPERATIONS SUPPORT SQUADRON
This is a multinational squadron of 143 permanent and 240 student personnel from 13 NATO nations. It provides essential direct mission support to the 82 TRW, 80 FTW and ENJJPT. Responsible for joint-use airfield management, air traffic control, flying scheduling, life support, aviation and airspace management, weather, student training, computer and administrative support to five flying squadrons.
88TH FIGHTER TRAINING SQUADRON
This is AETC’s unique multinational fighter training squadron consisting of 48 personnel from five nations. It employs 32 T-38C aircraft, accomplishing the Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals and IFF Upgrade Instructor Pilot missions for the ENJJPT, graduating up to 150 trainees annually. The squadron develops trainee proficiency and confidence in basic air-to-air and air-to-ground fighter operations.
89TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 89 FTS is a multinational primary flying training squadron comprised of 60 personnel from 13 NATO signatory nations, training up to 104 student pilots and 16 instructor pilots annually in support of ENJJPT. It employs 38 T-6A aircraft, flying 12,000 sorties and 16,000 hours annually to transition student pilots to advanced jet flying training, conducts Pilot Instructor Training and maintains readiness of 53 instructor pilots.
90TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 90 FTS is a multinational T-38 flying training squadron comprised of 60 personnel from 13 NATO signatory nations. It provides advanced jet flying training and Pilot Instructor Training in support of ENJJPT. The squadron employs 46 T-38C aircraft flying more than 11,500 sorties and 13,000 hours annually to transition pilot candidates to combat aircraft and train instructor pilots.
459TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 459 FTS is a multinational primary flying training squadron comprised of 60 personnel from 13 NATO signatory nations, training up to 104 student pilots and 16 instructor pilots annually in support of ENJJPT. It employs 39 T-6A aircraft, flying 12,000 sorties and 16,000 hours annually to transition student pilots to advanced jet flying training, conducts Pilot Instructor Training and maintains readiness of 53 instructor pilots.
469TH FLYING TRAINING SQUADRON
The 469 FTS is a multinational T-38 flying training squadron comprised of 60 personnel from 13 NATO signatory nations. It provides advanced jet flying training and Pilot Instructor Training in support of ENJJPT. The squadron employs 46 T-38C aircraft, flying more than 11,500 sorties and 13,000 hours annually to transition pilot candidates to combat aircraft and train instructor pilots.
T-6A Texan II
The T-6A Texan II is a single-engine, two-seat primary training aircraft used for Undergraduate Pilot Training. It is used to train students in the fundamentals of aircraft handling, instrument, formation and night flying. ENJJPT began replacing the venerable T-37 Tweet in early 2008 with the T-6A as the introductory trainer. The Texan II has a tandem configuration for the pilots, allowing for an easier transition to the T-38 advanced jet trainer. The aircraft is fully aerobatic and features a pressurized cockpit with an anti-G system, ejection seat and an advanced avionics package with sunlight-readable liquid crystal displays.
The T-38C Talon is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer. It is used in a variety of roles because of its design, economy of operations, ease of maintenance, high performance and exceptional safety record. The T-38C has swept-back wings and a streamlined fuselage. The Talon first flew in 1959. More than 1,100 were delivered to the Air Force between 1961 and 1972, when production ended.
While the 80th FTW is the base’s largest tenant, the following units also share space with and receive support from the 82nd TRW:
- The Air Force Area Audit Agency
Building 1624, 940-676-5130
- Noncommissioned Officer Academy
Building 1900, 940-676-9183
- Area Defense Counsel
Building 1638, 940-676-2186
- Det. 411 — Office of Special Investigations
Building 1624, 940-676-1852
- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
Building 1638, 940-855-7721
- The American Red Cross
Building 1624, 940-676-1855
- Civil Air Patrol
Building 962, 940-676-2260
- Defense Commissary Agency
Building 120, 940-676-2750
- Defense Investigative Service
Building 1638, 940-676-5797
- Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office
Building 2135, 940-676-4934
- Document Automation and Production Service
Building 1121, 940-676-4934