332nd Training Squadron [332nd TRS]
The 3332nd Training Squadron is the largest squadron in the 81st Training Group. It provides training in Aerospace and Avionics Systems, Electronic Warfare, Metrology, Enlisted Aircrew Systems and Electronic Principles.
The 332nd TRS trains approximately 3,000 technicians annually. Squadron personnel develop and provide initial and advanced skills, resident and nonresident, operator and maintenance training to USAF, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, international and other service DOD students. The Military Training Flight, also the largest in the 81st Training Group, provides military training and housing to approximately 700 students at a time.
The 332nd TRS, nicknamed the "Mad Dogs", provides initial and advanced instruction in electronics maintenance. The legacy of this squadron dates back to the 1940s as the first training organization established at Keesler.
Within this squadron, students learn to troubleshoot and repair a variety of aircraft systems. The Aerospace Systems Flight uses the Worldwide Airborne Command Post Systems Mock-up to provide realistic training for airborne command and control systems. This flight also provides training for guidance and control systems, as well as training on mission support equipment. Hands-on training is provided using T-39 aircraft. This unit trains technicians to maintain electronic warfare system equipment such as radar warning systems and electronic jamming devices on both fighter and bomber aircraft.
The Avionics Systems Flight conducts operation and maintenance courses for a wide variety of systems, including aircraft communications/ navigation systems, airborne command and control communications equipment, and global positioning systems. Mockups of aircraft flightdecks are used to orient the students to the systems they will maintain once they reach their first assignment.
In August 1999, as a results of the Keesler reorganization, the 332nd TRS absorbed three additional training flights - Electronic Principles moved from the 338th TRS, and the AWACS/Joint STARS and Metrology Flights moved from the 336th TRS.
Electronic Principles trains students in the fundamental of electronics, giving students the basic skills needed to enter Comm-Electronics equipment courses.
AWACS provides initial training on the Airborne Surveillance Radar System. This system consists of the Surveillance Radar systems and the Interrogator System. Built-in-Test, Fault Isolation Test, manual fault analysis, radar special tests and On-board Test Monitor and Maintenance are taught.
Joint STARS provides initial training on the Joint STARS Surveillance system. Built-in-Test, operational readiness, on-line, background and diagnostic testing, and manual fault analysis are taught.
Metrology provides initial and advanced training on Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment. This training prepares apprentice and journeymen to repair and calibrate all Air Force TMDE.
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