Welcome to the official site of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. This site is provided as a public service by the Sheppard AFB, 82nd Training Wing Public Affairs office.
Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the second oldest major command in the Air Force. AETC’s training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member. AETC was formed in 1942 as the Army Air Corps Flying Training Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. Less than a year later, the headquarters moved to Fort Worth, Texas. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning. The headquarters moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, in 1946, to Scott AFB, Illinois, in 1949, and finally to Randolph AFB in 1957. In July 1993, Air Training Command and Air University merged to form AETC. This redesignation allowed the command to retain all of its previous heritage and honors. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure plan renamed Randolph Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training and education programs.
Recruit, train and educate Exceptional Airmen.
We take America’s sons and daughters – young men and women who have volunteered to serve their country in a time of war – and develop them into Airmen. Develop denotes more than educating or training them – it implies bringing them to embrace our culture, teaching them (by our example) our core values of integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do.
The First Command: Developing Airmen of character – the foundation of a lethal force.
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win...airpower anytime, anywhere.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:
The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
Learn more about the Air Force
Secretary of the Air Force - Frank Kendall
Chief of Staff of the Air Force - Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.
Vice Chief of Staff - Gen. David W. Allvin
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force - Chief Master Sgt. Joanne S. Bass
Mission: Train the world's best Airmen
Vision: Defending America's future ... one graduate at a time!
• Advance Force Development
• Enhance Lethality & Readiness
• Transform the Way We Learn
• Cultivate an Environment of Excellence
Mission: Strengthen partnerships, train NATO fighter pilots
Vision: Be the world's premier fighter pilot training program
• Health, safety, and well-being of the force
• Safe, disciplined, and effective flying operations
• Strategic communication
• Transformation of training methods and platforms
14 NATO nations participants: