12th Flying Training Wing [12th FTW]
The 12th Flying Training Wing is the host unit at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. It was reorganized into an objective wing in December 1991 under the concept of "One Base, One Wing, One Boss," bringing all the resources at Randolph under one installation commander.
With a multifold mission, the 12th Flying Training Wing conducts instructor pilot training in the Raytheon-Beech T-6A Texan II, Cessna T-37 Tweet, the Northrop T-38 Talon and the Beech T-1A Jayhawk jet trainers. In addition, the wing conducts joint undergraduate navigator training and electronic warfare training in the Boeing T-43A medium-range turbofan jet and introduction to fighter fundamentals in the Northrop AT-38 Talon. It also conducts introduction to fighter fundamentals training in the AT-38.
The wing trains Air Force pilots to be flight instructors at Air Education and Training Command's four undergraduate pilot training bases and conducts Department of Defense undergraduate navigator training for all Air Force and some Navy and Marine Corps personnel in three training programs. The wing also trains Air Force, Navy and other military personnel from more than 20 allied countries.
The wing operates, through the 563rd Flying Training Squadron, the U.S. Air Force Electronic Warfare Training School which provides undergraduate, introductory and advanced electronic warfare training to international and Department of Defense people.
It also operates the Air Force's Advanced Instrument School along with 22 T-1s, 45 T-37s, 39 T-38s, 30 AT-38s, 10 T-43s and 2 T-6s, and a $2.2 billion infrastructure for a work force of 12,000 that includes active-duty members, Reservists and civilians.
The wing flew more than 49,000 hours in fiscal 1999.
The 12th FTW also provides host-base support to more than 30 Department of Defense units, including Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, 19th Air Force, Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force Recruiting Service and 18 tenant units while supporting an estimated 29,000 retirees.
As an objective wing, the 12th Flying Training Wing has four groups: operations, logistics, support and medical. The 12th Flying Training Wing trains and equips its people to meet the Air Force's worldwide Air Expeditionary Force commitment. In addition, it is responsible for the Air Force's Advanced Instrument School.
The 12th FTW' Operations Group contains one support squadron, six flying squadrons, and one airlift flight. In addition, aligned with joint specialized undergraduate navigator training, which hosts a detachment of Naval personnel, is the Marine Corps Aerial Navigation School with a detachment of Marine Corps instructors.
The units conducting instructor pilot training are the 99th, 559th and 560th Flying Training Squadrons and the 12th Operations Support Squadron. The flying squadrons are responsible for the flying portion of the training, while the operations support squadron is responsible for two weeks of academic training before the flying portion.
The 559th Flying Training Squadron is responsible for bringing on line the wing's fourth and latest pilot training aircraft: the T-6A Texan II. The first T-6A arrived on Randolph in July 1999. Further aircraft will continue to arrive on station through 2003.
The 12th Flying Training Wing conducts undergraduate training for Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps personnel in Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training and the Marine Aerial Navigation School. The wing also trains air force, navy, and other military personnel from more than 20 allied countries. The largest of the wing's training programs, these courses offer students the opportunity to earn their wings and aeronautical ratings as navigators, electronic warfare officers and naval flight officers.
The Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training program is 32 weeks long and is divided into academic, T-45 simulator and T-43 flight instruction. This program is conducted by the 562nd Flying Training Squadron, training navigators and naval flight officers headed for heavy aircraft such as the KC-135, E-3, C-130, E-6A, C-141 and P-3s.
In addition, the 563rd Flying Training Squadron is the home of the United States Air Force's only Electronic Warfare Officer Training School. The school moved to Randolph from Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida in May 1999, providing specialized training for undergraduate navigator students selected to train as electronic warfare officers and weapon system officers.
The Marine Aerial Navigation School is 24 weeks long and offers academic, T-45, and T-43 training. This program is staffed by U.S. Marine Corps instructors and prepares enlisted navigators to fly C-130 cargo aircraft.
The 12th Flying Training Wing conducts the Department of Defense's only graduate-level instrument flight school. The Advanced Instrument School teaches instrument procedures to more than 280 select instructor pilots and senior aircraft commanders annually, from all services and foreign air forces. The instructors are Air Force instrument experts responsible for development and technical application of instrument policies, procedures and techniques.
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