372nd TRS, Det 19: anytime, anywhere!

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  • By Lt. Col. Kenneth Shinn
  • 372nd Training Squadron

Unit: Field Training Detachment 19, 372nd Training Squadron

Location: Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

Mission: Train, Inspire, and Develop Higher Levels of Maintenance Competencies in U.S. and Allied Warfighters

Vision: Become the Maintenance Community’s First Choice to Meet Evolving Aerospace Training Challenges

Motto: Anytime, Anywhere!

Detachment 19 is located at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, home of the 96th Test Wing and the 33rd Fighter Wing.  The Detachment Chief, Master Sgt. Peter Dimaggio states, “Det 19 has a unique position in that not only do we train the greatest F-15 and F-16 maintainers in the world, but we’ve also been at the forefront of F-35 training since day one of the program.  From standing up the Air Force’s first F-35 Mission Ready Airmen (MRA) program, to assisting in the site activations of other F-35 detachments, our instructors have been instrumental in the development of F-35 maintenance training for the Air Force.  Det 19 has without a doubt laid the framework for the success of the Air Force's Joint Strike Fighter program.”


Since January 2016, the detachment has taught 87 courses which provided more than 8,135 training hours and graduated 397 maintainers.  Students who have received training at the detachment include Air Force, DoD civilians, Navy, and Marines.  By conducting formal training courses, faculty development, and supplying manpower for training missions, the maintenance professionals of Det 19 showcase the best the world has to offer. 

Det 19 instructors perpetually find themselves on the cutting technological edge of the fighter aircraft world at Eglin AFB.  Det instructors directly influence F-35 maintenance training requirements DoD-wide. In addition to developing the Career Field Education Training Plans for F-35 maintenance personnel, the staff has validated F-35 aircraft maintenance training courses and procedures for at least 20 percent of the F-35’s Joint Technical Data instructions.

Additionally, the det resumed F-15 and F-16 instruction in 2015.  The instructors have been directly responsible for supporting the F-15 Passive Attack Sensor System and Suite 8E Avionics Modifications, F-16 Modular Mission Computer M7.1+ software upgrade, and Small Diameter Bomb II development. 

Finally, Eglin AFB also serves as the initial hub for F-35 Mission Ready Airmen (MRA) course training.  The detachment has graduated 161 Non-Prior Service students since 2014 and helped to establish the F-35 MRA training program at Luke AFB while preparing for a 300% student increase in FY 17.  Tech. Sgt. John Ott, NCOIC of the MRA element, sums up the goal of his instructors, “We are creating a foundation for Airmen in a hands-on mechanical environment to become the world's premier F-35A maintainers in order to uphold Air and Space Power while instilling professionalism into the minds of new Airmen to ensure the highest level of discipline, integrity and effective teamwork.” 


All of this hard work culminated when Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Air Force’s F-35A was declared on  Aug. 5, 2016.  This accomplishment validates the hard work of Field Training Detachment 19 and motivates them to continue to deliver the latest and greatest maintenance professionals to the war fight in support of next generation fighter aircraft.