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. 

AETC Mission

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. 



Air Force Mission

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.

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82nd Training Wing

Mission: Train and Develop Mission Ready Airmen...Worldwide

Vision: Air Force's first choice for training and innovation in maintenance, munitions, nuclear operations, logistics and engineering.


• Provide relevant technical training and develop mission ready Airmen
• Make Sheppard a premier choice for Airmen to work, learn and live

• Take care of Airmen and families

80th Flying Training Wing

Mission: Strengthen Partnerships, Train Fighter Pilots, and Develop Warrior Leaders for the NATO Alliance

Vision: Remain the world's premier fighter pilot training program, now and into the future

• Focus on safe, disciplined & effective flying training operations
• Develop Airmen personally & professionally while fostering cultural exchange & NATO perspectives
• Graduate pilots, fighter wingmen & mature leaders with resilient warrior ethos for the NATO alliance
• Transform ENJJPT, leveraging innovative training aids & methods to prepare pilots for future combat

14 NATO nations participants:

The Netherlands
United Kingdom 
United States