Welcome to the official site of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. This site is provided as a public service through the cooperative efforts of Sheppard AFB (82nd Training Wing Public Affairs) and the Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs offices.
Air Education and Training
- "Recruit, train and
educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America."
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 and its' 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. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at
more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning.
Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training
and education programs.
AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and the Air
University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant
units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active duty and
seven Reserve wings.
AETC's mission is to "Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver
airpower for America."
AETC's vision is "Forging innovative Airmen to power the world's greatest
The mission of the United States Air Force
is to fly, fight
air, space and cyberspace.
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.
The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen,
Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies
make our six distinctive capabilities possible:
Air and Space
Superiority : With it, joint forces can dominate enemy
operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.
Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime
-- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.
Rapid Global Mobility:
Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to
maintaining rapid global mobility.
The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific
targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both
precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral
The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and
incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.
Agile Combat Support:
Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be
separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently
based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.
The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a
shared commitment to three core values -- integrity
first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in
the Pentagon, Washington
D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which
provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support
to the Unified Combatant Commands.
The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and
direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique
Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, the United States
Air Force is the best in the world.
Secretary of the Air Force - Heather Wilson
Chief of Staff of the Air Force - Gen. David L. Goldfein
Vice Chief of Staff - Gen. Stephen W. Wilson
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force - Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright
Mission: To produce the world's finest NATO pilots with the skills and
attitude to succeed in fighter aviation.
Be the World's Premier Combat Pilot Training Program.
14 NATO nations