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12th Flying Training Wing

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12th Flying Training Wing
12th Flying Training Wing.png
Active 1950– present
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Type Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQ Randolph Air Force Base
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg
 
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
 
Vietnam Service Medal ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1942–1944)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1944–1945)
  • Vietnam Service (1965–1971)
Decorations
U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg
PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg
AFOUA w/ V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg
RVGC w/ Palm
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Joel L. Carey
Notable
commanders
Nicholas Kehoe
Lloyd W. Newton
 12th Flying Training Wing Raytheon T-6A Texan II 06-3830
12th Flying Training Wing Raytheon T-6A Texan II 06-3830

The 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) as part of AETC's Nineteenth Air Force. It is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. The wing is also the parent organization for the 479th Flying Training Group (479 FTG), a geographically separated unit (GSU) located at NAS Pensacola, Florida. The wing is also the parent organization for the 306th Flying Training Group (306 FTG), a geographically separated unit (GSU) located at The United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. The 12 FTW is the only unit in the Air Force conducting both pilot instructor training and combat systems officer training.

The wing's predecessor unit, the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, fought in combat during the Vietnam War and was the host unit at two major air bases in South Vietnam. Its McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft flew thousands of combat missions between 1965 and 1971 before being withdrawn as part of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Its World War II predecessor unit, the 12th Bombardment Group, as part of Twelfth Air Force, supported the Allied drive from Egypt to Tunisia during the North Africa Campaign, then reassigned to Tenth Air Force in India and flew most of its missions in Burma between April 1944 and May 1945, supporting the British Fourteenth Army.

The commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing is Col Joel L. Carey. The Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Brian Kentta.

1990s

In 1992, due to the impending closure of Mather Air Force Base, California, the 12 FTW also assumed responsibility for Undergraduate Navigator Training (UNT) and Interservice Undergraduate Navigator Training (IUNT) from the 323d Flying Training Wing (323 FTW) at Mather when that organization inactivated, with most T-43A aircraft and some of the 323 FTW squadrons reforming at Randolph AFB under the 12 FTW. In 2009, with the transition of UNT to undergraduate Combat Systems Officer training (UCSOT) and pursuant to earlier Base Realignment and Closure Commission |BRACdirectives, the 12 FTW established a new organization, the 479th Flying Training Group (479 FTG), with two new flying training squadrons and an operations support squadron, as a GSU at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Although NAS Pensacola is the principal base for student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) training for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, the 479 FTG operates independently of this program with its own USAF T-6 Texan II and T-1 Jayhawk aircraft. Upon establishment of the 479 FTG at NAS Pensacola, the remaining "legacy" navigator training squadrons that had relocated from the former Mather AFB to Randolph AFB in 1992 were inactivated.

The 2010s

In the second decade of the 21st century, the wing's mission is to provide instructor pilot training in the Raytheon-Beech T-6A Texan II, the Northrop T-38 Talon and the Beech T-1A Jayhawk jet trainers.[citation needed] Previously, the wing also conducted Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals (IFF) in the Northrop AT-38 Talon, a role now performed with T-38s.[citation needed]

Until late 2010, the wing also conducted Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training (JSUNT) and electronic warfare officer (EWO) training in the T-1A Jayhawk and Boeing T-43A medium-range turbofan jet at Randolph AFB. With the retirement of the T-43 in September 2010, this training merged with extant USAF weapons systems officer (WSO) training that had been conducted jointly with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida since 1990. The navigator, EWO and WSO training tracks were then merged and all three specialties (which wear the same type of uniform insignia wings upon completion of flight training) became known as Combat Systems Officer (CSO). This updated CSO training is now conducted by the 479th Flying Training Group as a Geographically Separated Unit (GSU) of the 12 FTW at NAS Pensacola utilizing T-6 Texan II and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft.[1]

The wing is responsible for numerous aviation training programs. These programs include Pilot Instructor Training, Combat Systems Officer Training, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Pilot Indoctrination, Basic Sensor Operator Qualification, Airmanship programs for U.S. Air Force Academy cadets, and Introductory Flight Screening.

Units in the 2010s

The wing consists of three flying groups and a maintenance directorate spanning more than 1,600 miles from JBSA-Randolph, Texas to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, to Pueblo Memorial Airport and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.[citation needed]

The 12th Operations Group controls all Instructor Pilot Training and airfield operations at Randolph AFB and Randolph AFB Auxiliary Field/Seguin Field.

The 479th Flying Training Group is a geographically separated unit (GSU) located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida and conducts Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training (UCSOT).

The 306th Flying Training Group is a geographically separated unit located at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. The 306 FTG conducts powered flight training, soaring, and parachute training for Air Force Academy cadets.

Lineage

  • Established as 12th Fighter-Escort Wing on 27 October 1950
Activated on 1 November 1950
Redesignated: 12th Strategic Fighter Wing on 20 January 1953
Redesignated: 12 Fighter-Day Wing on 1 July 1957
Inactivated on 8 January 1958
  • Redesignated 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, and activated, on 17 April 1962
Organized on 25 April 1962
Inactivated on 17 November 1971
  • Redesignated 12th Flying Training Wing on 22 March 1972
Activated on 1 May 1972 by transfer of personnel and equipment from the 3510th Flying Training Wing

Assignments

Components

Groups

Squadrons

School

  • USAF Navigator School: 14 May 1993–Nov 2010
    • Assumed role from inactivated 323rd Flying Training Wing
    • Role assumed by 479th Flying Training Group as a GSU of 12 FTW, Nov 2010
      • USAF Navigators now known as USAF Combat Systems Officers

Stations

  • Turner AFB, Georgia, 1 November 1950
  • Bergstrom AFB, Texas, 5 December 1950 – 8 January 1958
  • MacDill AFB, Florida, 25 April 1962 – 31 October 1965
  • Cam Ranh AB, South Vietnam, 8 November 1965
  • Phù Cát Air Base, South Vietnam, 31 March 1970 – 17 November 1971
  • Randolph AFB, Texas, 1 May 1972–present
    • Additional GSU at NAS Pensacola, Florida, November 2009–present
    • Additional GSU at USAF Academy, Colorado, July 2013 – present

Aircraft

References

Citations

  1. ^ Air Force Times, 22 November 2010, p. 20

Bibliography

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

External links

This page was last edited on 25 February 2018, at 04:13.
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