Sheppard Air Force Base in North Texas is gearing up for another Open House and Air Show featuring America's Ambassadors in Blue, the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron based out of Nellis AFB, Nevada. This year's two-day show is scheduled for Oct. 26-27 here at Sheppard.
Stay tuned for more information regarding performers, static displays, vendors and more as Sheppard prepares to bring you Guardians of Freedom.
Sheppard AFB is the most diverse training base in the Air Force. Its two primary missions include the Air Force’s largest technical training operation along with the world’s only internationally manned and managed pilot training program.
Through the 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard delivers more than 60,000 officers and enlisted technical training graduates annually in more than 900 courses. The wing provides in all aircraft maintenance, logistics and conventional and nuclear munitions training, supporting every airframe in the Air Force inventory. In addition to its technical training of Air Force service members, the 82nd provides training to many partner nations – the 82nd is the lead agent for technical training in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force, and is home to more than 200 RSAF Airmen in training. The wing also delivers joint-service civil engineering training required to operate both permanent and expeditionary DOD installations around the world. With 61 training detachments on three continents, including one at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, the 82nd is a massive, global training operation.
The 80th Flying Training Wing is home to the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program, which is considered the premier fighter pilot training program in the world. A true international partnership, the program’s 13 partner nations each provide funding and manpower to operate the program. For several partner nations, including Germany, ENJJPT is the sole training pipeline for fighter pilots. Moreover, the international nature of daily operations within the wing pays huge dividends in building the international partnerships and relationships that are critical to effective global military operations in the 21st century.
Essentially, no other Air Force base has a greater opportunity or responsibility to shape the current and future combat capability of the U.S. Air Force, its sister services and our international partners, than does Sheppard AFB.
For the 82nd and 80th’s detailed history, click here.