Members of the 7th Fighter Squadron participated in the first 49th Wing air engagement, downing five enemy aircraft March 14, 1942.
49th Operations Group
The 49th Operations Group supports national security objectives, as directed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, by utilizing the Air Force’s F-22A Stealth Fighter aircraft and in training U.S. Air Force and allied aircrews in MQ-1 and MQ-9 transition and instructor courses. All aircraft use the tail code of HO.
7th Fighter Squadron
Operating the F-22A Raptor aircraft, the 7 FS “Screamin’ Demons” maintain combat readiness to deploy worldwide in accordance with Secretary of Defense tasking. The Demons provide unsurpassed air dominance in the world’s most dangerous threat arenas.
16th Training Squadron
USAF’s only training squadron responsible for providing administrative and instructional support to MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper Formal Training Units (FTU). 16TRS manages, equips, and provides academic and simulator training to students participating in Predator/Reaper syllabus courses, oversees contracts related to academic and simulator instruction and maintenance, and provides subject matter expertise to assist with training development.
6th Reconnaissance Squadron
USAF’s only dedicated MQ-1 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Formal Training Unit, conducting flying qualification and upgrade training for MQ-1 Predator aircrew. The 6RS Hawks train U.S. Air Force Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard as well as allied aircrew to globally employ the MQ-1 and AGM-114 Hellfire missile for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Strike Control, and Close Air Support. Hawks maintain crew mission ready status for operational support requirements.
29th Attack Squadron
USAF’s only dedicated MQ-9 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Formal Training Unit, conducting flying qualification and upgrade training for MQ-9 Reaper aircrew. The 29ATKS Ghost Warriors train U.S. Air Force Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard as well as allied aircrew to globally employ the MQ-9, GBU-12, and AGM-114 Hellfire missile for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, Strike Control, and Close Air Support. Warriors maintain crew mission ready status for operational support requirements.
49th Operations Support Squadron
The 49th Operations Support Squadron is made up of seven flights – Weather, Aircrew Flight Equipment, Airfield Operations, White Sands Radar, Intelligence, Current Operations, Weapons and Tactics. These flights support the Wing, tenant units and Army’s White Sands Missile Range.
- The Weather Flight provides operational observing, forecasting and staff weather support. They provide 26 specific types of weather warnings and advisories to 60 base agencies to ensure proper resource protection and flight safety of base assets worth over $7 billion. Tailored weather support is provided for 80 Holloman aircraft operating in training areas covering over 60,000 square miles.
- The Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight provides operational aircrews with reliable life support equipment and comprehensive training to enhance the safe and successful completion of worldwide missions. This flight also trains pilots on survival, evasion, resistance, escape tactics, techniques and procedures.
- The Airfield Operations Flight provides air traffic control and airfield management services for local and transient aircrews out to five nautical miles and up to 2500 feet above the surface, as well as manages 21 miles of runways, taxiways and aircraft aprons.
- The White Sands Radar Flight provides approach and range airspace control for White Sands Missile Range and McGregor Range – airspace comprising over 30 percent of the state of New Mexico.
- The Intelligence Flight provides aircrew training, current intelligence and special-topic briefings, targeting and digital imagery support and electronic order-of-battle analysis.
- The Current Operations Flight includes three primary areas of responsibility: Scheduling, Airspace and Ranges and Flight Records. Scheduling develops, coordinates, and monitors flying programs for three Wing squadrons and two tenant groups generating over 21,000 sorties per year, coordinating in-flight refueling, range airspace and specific flying windows to aid in student training. Airspace and Ranges maintain 30 different special-use airspaces, including air to ground ranges, supersonic airspace, military low-level training routes, air-refueling tracks and military operating areas. The Flight Records section maintains aircrew records and tracks pilot flying training and flight pay.
- The Weapons and Tactics Flight supervises Wing mission planning cell activities and F-22A mission planning hardware/software upgrades, develops employment tactics and manages all munitions used to train aircrews. Along with preparing products for peacetime and combat missions, this flight is also charged with verifying all F-22A pilots are prepared to conduct worldwide combat missions. This verification process is the last hurdle in the F-22A pilot’s mission qualification training. Weapons and Tactics also develop, maintain and teach weapon system tactics and academics for all F-22A squadrons in the 49th Operations Group.
Det 2, ACC Training Support Squadron
Det 2 is a detachment of the ACC Training Support Squadron, Langley AFB VA. It is the ACC focal point for formal operations training development issues regarding the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, and QF-4 weapon systems, and is responsible for all syllabi development for these weapon systems.