Training Air Wing One
Training Air Wing ONE was formally commissioned on 2 August 1971 as the first Air Wing in the history of naval aviation training establishing the single-base-training concept. Until that time, jet aviation students received only the basic flight syllabus in Meridian prior to being transferred to Texas for advanced instruction. With the conversion of VT-7 to advanced training, the initiation of air-to-air combat gunnery and carrier qualification instruction in VT-9, the flight student was able to complete the entire Jet training syllabus at Naval Air Station Meridian.
The mission of Training Air Wing ONE is to provide newly winged aviators to the fleet for further training in operational combat aircraft and is conveyed in the wing motto, "Readiness for Victory at Sea Through Training." Accomplishment of this mission is realized through the various Wing organizations located at Naval Air Station Meridian. The Wing Commander's specific mission is to supervise, coordinate, and administer the student pilot academic and flight training program. The instructor pilot cadre here is comprised of men and women from the Navy and Marine Corps bringing a wide range of experience and representing every operational fleet aircraft. Training Air Wing ONE is also tasked with training military aviators for the international community including France, Italy, Spain, Brazil and Thailand.
Subordinate commanders under COMTRAWING ONE include Training Squadron SEVEN, and NINE. Commander Training Air Wing ONE administers, coordinates and supervises flight and academic training and support programs conducted by three subordinate commands: Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7), Training Squadron NINETEEN (VT-19) and Training Squadron TWENTY-THREE (VT-23).
Training Squadron NINE receives officer flight students from Training Air Wing Five, Milton Florida and Training Air Wing Four, Corpus Christi Texas where they completed Primary Flight Training in the T34 Mentor aircraft. VT-9 provides Intermediate Strike training introducing basic jet aviation skills in the Rockwell International T-2C aircraft. Training Squadron NINE also conducts advanced flight instruction for students in the E-2/C-2 training pipeline. Upon completion of the Intermediate Strike syllabus Student Naval Aviators continue advanced training in the T-45C Goshawk in Training Squadron SEVEN, or in the T-45A at Training Air Wing Two at Kingsville, Texas. Following carrier qualification, the flight students are designated as Naval Aviators and receive their "Wings of Gold".
In July 1961, Training Squadron SEVEN moved from NAS Kingsville, Texas, to NAAS Meridian. In December 1961, VT-7 split to form a "sister" squadron, Training Squadron NINE (VT-9). A major change in the structure of the Naval Air Training Command took place in August 1971, when VT-9 split again to form VT-19. Intermediate jet training was assumed by VT-9 and VT-19, leaving the advanced jet role to VT-7. In July 1987, Training Squadrons NINE and NINETEEN combined to form one intermediate squadron, VT-19. Training Squadron NINETEEN was redesignated Training Squadron NINE on 01 October 1998, and the "Tigers" were again reborn.
In July 1994, VT-23 moved from NAS Kingsville, Texas, to NAS Meridian. In the Wing's first year, 293 students were designated naval aviators; six years later the figure jumped to 847 as a result of the Vietnam War. In 1969, 950 students completed the flight program - the largest number of aviators to be designated in a single year.
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