The 982d Training Group, 82d Training Wing, Sheppard AFB TX, is largest, and most unique training group in the Air Force providing advanced aircraft, munitions, communications and ICBM maintenance training for more than 31,000 total force and international technical and field training students annually. The 982d Training Group manages 681 courses in 58 Air Force specialties around the world to meet the mission-critical needs of operational commands. The group also assists units undergoing mission changes to new types of weapon systems and directs the acquisition, development, and maintenance of 15,000 training devices and 76 ground instructional training and static display aircraft worth more than $1.5 billion. The group services over 1,300 personnel in 50 worldwide detachments and operating locations. Additionally, the group manages and executes a $19.2 million budget and oversees the $70 million Trainer Maintenance Support (TMS) contract directly supporting over 61,000 technical and field training students annually. Lastly, the 982d Training Group develops and supports aircraft, missile, munitions, and logistics training courses for 175,000 maintenance technicians worldwide with 236 Air Force training products valued at $16.7 million dollars.
MISSION: Make great maintainers and communicators even better.
We are responsible for delivering highly skilled maintainers to Combatant Commands with superior technical competence and dedication to the Profession of Arms.
VISION: Provide field training and training support that makes a lasting difference.
The future combat capability and mission success of our Air Force, and therefore of our sister services and international partners, is dependent upon continued excellence in the delivery of innovative technical training and professional development by the 982d Training Group.
MANTRA: Responsive, Flexible, and Timely
Field training can be traced back to July 1942, when the Army Air Force Technical
Training Command established mobile training units to bring training to the field. It was not designated in an official capacity until 1 March 1945 when Mobile Training was designated as the 3718th Army Air Forces Base Unit. Its headquarters was located in the Security Life Building in Denver, CO. After 11 re-designations and several moves, the 982d found its home in July of 1995 at Sheppard AFB, Texas, where it assumed the field training mission it continues to perform today.
372nd Training Squadron
The 372nd Training Squadron is the largest training squadron in the Air Force with 640 members assigned producing over 14,126 total force and international graduates annually in 313 resident and mobile training courses. These courses include aircraft maintenance, propulsion, aerospace ground equipment, aircraft fuels systems, aircraft structural maintenance and low observables, metals technology, non-destructive inspection, munitions, armament, scheduling and analysis, nuclear weapons specialties, and aircraft maintenance officer familiarization. Pipeline training is provided at 10 locations for nine mission design series. Advanced skills training and mobile training are provided by 27 geographically separated detachments and one operating location in support of the operational needs of Air Combat Command, Air Force Mobility Command, Global Strike Command, Pacific Air Force, United States Air Force in Europe, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard.
373rd Training Squadron
The 373rd Training Squadron is the second largest training squadron in the Air Force with 580 members assigned producing over 11,800 total force and international graduates annually in 367 resident and mobile training courses. These courses include aircraft maintenance, engines, aerospace ground equipment, fuel systems, armament systems, communication/navigation, electronic warfare, instrument flight controls, electronics & environmental, hydraulic systems, missile & space systems, and aircraft maintenance superintendent familiarization. Pipeline training is provided at 7 locations for 5 mission design series. Advanced skills training and mobile training are provided by 21 geographically separated detachments and one operating location in support of the operational needs of Air Combat Command, Air Education and Training Command, Material Command, Air Mobility Command, Global Strike Command, Space Command, Pacific Air Force, United States Air Force in Europe, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard.
982nd Maintenance Squadron
The 982d Maintenance Squadron is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of over 15K training devices and training aircraft assets valued at over 250 million dollars. The squadron consists of 50 personnel in three flights: Trainer Development, Systems Logistics Support, and Contracting Officer Representative (COR) Flights. Trainer Development is responsible for the design, fabrication, and modification of all locally built trainers supporting all nine training squadrons in the 82d Training Wing. The Systems Logistics Support Flight is a cradle-to-grave support function for configured trainers located worldwide at each of the detachments and on Sheppard AFB. They work directly with the Systems Program Office of each MDS to verify that each trainer is up-to-date with the operational aircraft that are in each MAJCOM. Additionally, the Systems Logistics Support Flight mission includes the acquisition, sustainment, and disposition of all Ground Instructional Training Aircraft (GITA) utilized by the 82d and 782d Training Groups at Sheppard AFB. The COR Flight has the primary mission of oversight of the 70 million dollar Trainer Maintenance Support (TMS) contract that has day-to-day responsibility for upkeep of all training devices and training aircraft on Sheppard AFB. COR Flight personnel provide government surveillance of contractor activities to ensure that TMS contract personnel are performing in accordance with the terms of the contract.
- The 367th Training Support Squadron is a one-of-a-kind unit comprised of personnel from 26 different career fields, many performing duties outside of their core specialties. It is the largest interactive multimedia instruction unit in the Air Force, with operating locations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis VA and Scott AFB IL. Their mission is to provide aircraft, munitions, missile and logistics operational training services and products expressly to the MAJCOMs. Through leading-edge technologies, they develop the following award-winning innovations:
- Interactive Multimedia Instructions
- FLASH / CAST Digital Handbooks
- Engine Run Desktop Simulators
- How-to Videos
- Mobile Applications
- Training Aids (i.e., aircraft system posters & diagrams)
- Performance / Training Needs / Front End Analysis