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. 

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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...in 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.

Learn more about the Air Force

Secretary of the Air Force - Barbara M. Barrett

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



82nd Training Wing

Mission: Train, Develop, and Inspire Warriors

Vision: Combat Capability Starts Here

Motto: Sustineo Alas (We Sustain the Wings)

80th Flying Training Wing

Mission: To produce the world's finest NATO pilots with the skills and attitude to succeed in fighter aviation.

Vision: To Be the World's Premier Combat Pilot Training Program.

14 NATO nations participants:

The Netherlands
United Kingdom 
United States