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44th Fighter Group
Recruit, train, develop and retain Citizen Airmen to support the 49 WG Airpower mission.
96th Test Group
The 96th Test Group, the largest associate unit at Holloman, is part of Air Force Materiel Command. The Test Group performs a unique test and evaluation mission with highly dedicated people and state-of-the-art capabilities. The group’s primary test specialties include Guidance/Navigation Test and Evaluation, High Speed Sled Track Testing, Radar Cross Section Measurement, Flight Testing and Air Force sponsor to White Sands Missile Range. The group is staffed by approximately 450 military, civil service and contractor personnel of whom two-thirds are scientists, engineers and technicians.
96th Test Group Mission
Our mission is to provide technically superior test and evaluation in support of the war fighter. I have been encouraged over the last year to see us fulfill this important mission. Throughout the group we are critically involved as testers in developing new capability. As we go into this New Year, realize that America’s war fighters remain engaged daily on the frontlines. Let us recommit to our mission and maintain our sense of urgency and purpose as we support them.
846th Test Squadron
The most well-known facility under the direction of the group is the Holloman High Speed Test Track, operated by the 846th Test Squadron, which became operational in 1950. Since that time, the track has become the longest, most precisely surveyed, most accurately aligned and best instrumented test track in the world.
The track first attracted worldwide attention in 1954 when Col. John P. Stapp rode a rocket sled at 632 miles per hour to become the “fastest man on earth.” Today, speeds of more than 6,000 miles per hour have been achieved. The 846th has recently completed their rain field upgrade program, providing the Nation’s only 6000-foot precision calibrated rain impact facility. The 846th is also testing a magnetic levitation capability that reduces test vibration, allowing for an increased number of flight representative tests.
746th Test Squadron
The 746th Test Squadron, also known as the Central Inertial Guidance Test Facility, was established in 1959 to test and validate intercontinental ballistic missile guidance systems. Today, they are recognized by the DoD and by AF/TE as the leader in GPS electronic open-air combat threat environment testing and as the “center of excellence” for testing all aircraft and missile inertial guidance systems. The 746th is responsible for all DoD Global Positioning System integration testing on all current and future weapon platforms. The 746th operates a fleet of highly modified ground test vehicles providing lowcost and comprehensive navigation and test support. As the Air Force leader in inertial testing, the 746th utilizes sophisticated centrifuge and rate-table test assets to provide highly accurate component test results. Additionally, the squadron provides all instrumentation support for laboratory, ground vehicle, flight test and Holloman High Speed Test Track testing within the group.
746th Test Squadron Mission Statement
Provide technically superior test and evaluation of DoD guidance, navigation and NAVWAR systems in support of the war fighter. Deliver comprehensive instrumentation solutions to the 96th Test Group.
586th Flight Test Squadron
The 586th Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) conducts DoD weapon system development. The squadron plans, coordinates and flies developmental test and evaluation missions of advanced avionics and weapons for the Air Armament Center (AAC) and DoD contractors. The 586th provides flight test, flight test support, range coordination, airborne photo and safety chase and airborne targets for DoD flight tests on White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and at deployed locations. Currently, the squadron possesses three modified AT-38B and one specialized C-12J.
Det 1, 586th Flight Test Squadron
The National Radar Cross Section (RCS) Test Facility (NRTF) is the primary DoD facility for outdoor static radar crosssection measurements. Located on White Sands Missile Range, the NRTF comprises of two separate but complementary sites; NRTF Mainsite and NRTF RCS Advanced Measurement Site (RAMS). Both sites are capable of handling targets ranging from scale models up to fighter-class air vehicles. Mainsite has the unique ability to perform outdoor bi-static radar cross-section measurements and the RAMS facility possesses the industry’s most capable low frequency measurement system. The NRTF provides DoD and private industry decision makers with the infrastructure and technical expertise to perform radar cross-section signature measurements in direct support of low observable technology development. Inherent to electronic combat, radar cross-section measurements also support vulnerability and survivability analysis for mission planning.
The 96th Test Group Plans and Resources Division provides technical and business operation support of test and evaluation activities for the 96th Test Group. The division is responsible for planning, programming, budgeting, financial management, personnel, supply, vehicle fleet management, management information systems, protection services, long range strategic planning and programming, investments, I&M, O&M, business development, training, facility engineering management, environmental compliance and contract management. The division supports both internal and external customers including: Test Group squadrons and divisions, the 46th Test Wing, Air Armament Center, Air Force Materiel Command and Air Staff. The Deputy for the Air Force at White Sands Missile Range (Detachment 1, 586th Flight Test Squadron) acts as the single point of contact between all Air Force organizations and the White Sands Missile Range. The Detachment sponsors all Air Force tests on the Missile Range, is responsible for all airspace scheduling, and coordinates joint initiatives on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Directed Energy. The Detachment is responsible for all 49th Wing F-117, T-38, F-4 and Tornado airspace scheduling and coordinates joint initiatives on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Directed Energy.
German Air Force
The German Air Force has been training its aircrews in the United States since 1958. This training took place on various bases throughout the states before it was moved to Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., in mid-1992.
German Air Force pilot candidates learn to fly in Texas at U.S. Air Force undergraduate pilot training. The future Weapon System Officers (WSO) attend undergraduate navigator training at Pensacola NAS, Fla.
The U.S. Air Force’s 20th Fighter Squadron at Holloman trained German pilots and WSOs to fly the F-4F PHANTOM. In addition, the 20th conducted the Flight Instructor (IP) and the Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC). The German government paid the full cost of this program. The 20th Fighter Squadron was inactivated on Dec. 20, 2004.
The German Air Force Tactical Training Center (GAF TTC) was activated as a tenant unit at Holloman AFB May 1, 1996. This program, based on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two governments and financed by the German Federal Ministry of Defense (FMOD), is unique by the way that it allows the German Air Force to deploy and station their TORNADO A/C permanently at Holloman AFB, N.M. With the activation, 300 German military personnel and 12 Tornado aircraft joined Team Holloman.
The mission was to conduct a Fighter Weapons Instructor Course (FWIC) for the TORNADO and advanced tactical training in preparation for combat. The Tactical Training Center was redesignated the German Air Force Flying Training Center (GAF FTC) July 1, 1999, in conjunction with their growing mission. In addition, German Air Force pilots and WSOs are now learning to fly the TORNADO at Holloman AFB and instructor aircrews are being trained as well. As of July 2007 there were 600 German military personnel and 21 Tornado aircraft assigned to Holloman AFB, N.M. These numbers may increase up to 900 personnel and 42 A/C, depending on the actual training needs.
There are numerous reasons the German Air Force trains here. The area offers great flying weather and has suitable air space. Other reasons are the proximity of Holloman AFB to the German Air Force Air Defense Center (GAF ADC) at Fort Bliss, Texas and the centralizing of German aircrew training for the TORNADO at a single location.
The GAF FTC consists of two Groups, the Training Group and the Logistics Group. The Training Group holds the administrative staff which is necessary to plan and support the flying courses. Within the Training Group the Training Squadron is home of all the instructors and the students.
The Logistics Group consists of three squadrons: the First Line Maintenance Squadron, the Second Line Maintenance and Electronic Squadron and the Supply Squadron.
4th Space Control Squadron
The 4th Space Control Squadron provides combat space superiority effects to the Commander, Joint Functional Component Command-Space (JFCC-Space) and theater Combatant Commanders. The squadron is a geographically separated unit assigned to the 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The 4th SPCS operates and maintains the Counter Communications System. The squadron also deploys globally to conduct mobile and transportable space superiority operations as tasked by the Commander, JFCC-Space. The squadron also participates in the evaluation and operation of new counterspace technologies to meet Combatant Commander requirements.
The 4th SPCS is an Air Force Space Command unit responsible for delivering offensive counterspace and space situational awareness, as appropriate, to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns.
Det 1, 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron
Det 1, 82nd ATRS is a detachment of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, Tyndall AFB, Fla. It provides QF-4 full-scale aerial target support on the White Sands Missile Range for Department of Defense research, development and test projects; supervises and monitors the operations and maintenance of up to 30 QF-4 drone aircraft; and provides quality assurance evaluation and government flight representation for over 60 unmanned and 420 manned missions per year. Project support includes the AMRAAM, Patriot, Chaparral and Stinger missiles systems as well as others.
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.
Army Air Operations Division
Air support for White Sands Missile Range is provided by the Army Air Operations Directorate located at Holloman. Eight UH-1H and four OH-58C helicopters provide aerial observation, photography, personnel and cargo transportation and missile recovery support. Helicopters also provide support as airborne test beds for experimental missions. A twinengine airplane, C-12D is used for direct testing and for longer-range transportation of passengers and cargo. Army Air also furnishes aviation support for all range users.
Space Balloon Operations
Air Force Research Laboratory scientists at Holloman conduct tests aboard high-altitude free and low-altitude tethered balloons throughout the United States. Among the many types of tests accomplished are infrared radiation studies above normal atmospheric turbulence, capsule deceleration testing, atmospheric composition measurements, preliminary satellite communication systems evaluations and experiments with Ballistic Missile Defense. As part of the mission, they strive to improve the state of the art in total balloon capability to meet future requirements. Under Air Force Materiel Command, the balloon operations branch conducts approximately 10 balloon systems tests each year. AFRL has launched payloads as large as seven tons and conducts lightweight experiments at altitudes of up to 170,000 feet.
Det 225, Air Force Office of Special Investigations
Det 225, Air Force Office of Special Investigations—Identify, exploit and neutralize criminal and terrorist threats to U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. government.
Det 4, 2nd Weather Squadron, Holloman Solar Observatory
Holloman Solar Observatory is Detachment 4 of the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA). The observatory was established April 1, 1977 and is the lead observatory in the Air Force’s worldwide Solar Electro- Optical Network.
The observatory has sun-tracking optical telescopes, a schoolhouse, a maintenance section and Central Repair Activity (CRA) and an administrative section. The observatory’s analysts and scientists perform sunrise-to-sunset observational patrol of the sun. They detect, analyze and report solar events and features, study sunspot activity and monitor the solar cycle. This data is then sent to the DoD forecast center at AFWA and the civilian forecast center at the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. The unit also develops and tests new technical procedures for the worldwide network to enhance overseas and remote operations. The schoolhouse is the official training center for the worldwide network. Instructors conduct a five-week analyst course, four-week maintenance course and a one-week executive level course in observatory operations, solar analysis and solar physics for specialists stationed overseas.
The maintenance section and CRA is collaboration between AFWA and the 49th Communications Squadron, which provides personnel and supervision. The specialists perform maintenance and optimization of the observatory’s telescopes and equipment. They also travel to the remote observatories in Australia and Italy to perform annual maintenance and are the depot-level repair for the optical observatory network. For more information, call (575) 572-3461/3462.
Air Force Audit Agency
The Air Force Audit Agency is the U.S. Air Force’s internal audit organization that provides comprehensive audits to all Air Force organizational components, functions, activities and levels of operations. The AFAA’s internal activities include examining and evaluating policies, systems, procedures, records and reports relating to operations having an impact on the expenditure of funds, utilization of resources, mission accomplishment or effective accomplishment of management objectives. Professional auditors assigned to 53 Air Force installations worldwide accomplish these audit responsibilities.
Area Defense Counsel The Area Defense Counsel is located in the same building as the Military Personnel Flight in Building 222, 681 Second St., Suite 205. The ADC is independent of the wing’s Staff Judge Advocate and provides defense services to active-duty military personnel in courts-martial, nonjudicial punishment actions and other adverse administrative actions. To contact the ADC call (575) 572-3473.