Second Air Force was originally designated as such in 1941 and its primary mission was air defense. Throughout World War II, Vietnam and parts of the Cold War, Second Air Force was responsible for various bombardment and air defense missions. In 1975, during the post-Vietnam drawdown, the command was inactivated and its missions distributed to Eighth and 15th Air Force. Following the end of the Cold War Second Air Force was reactivated and reassigned on 1 July 1993 to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Its mission became conducting basic military and technical training for Air Force enlisted members and support officers at five major Air Education and Training Command training bases in the United States.

The command's mission is to train, develop and inspire the world's premier Airmen to power the world's greatest Air Force. Annually in technical training, basic military training, medical and distance learning courses. Second Air Force is responsible for basic military training and technical training for 93% of the Air Force along with joint, and coalition forces at five major installations and 98 operating locations around the world. They also provide oversight and support to Airmen who complete Army expeditionary skills training prior to filling critical combatant commander deployments at forward operating locations all over the globe. 

The first stop for all Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve enlisted Airmen is Basic Military training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. After completing BMT, Airmen begin technical training in their career field specialties, primarily at five installations: Goodfellow, Lackland, and Sheppard Air Force bases in Texas; Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Each base is responsible for a specific portion of formal technical training airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission. Instructors conduct technical training in specialties such as aircraft maintenance, civil engineering, medical services, computer systems, security forces, air traffic control, personnel, intelligence, firefighting, and space and missile operations.

Commissioned officers attend technical training courses for similar career fields at the same locations.

2nd AF Priorities

A - Advance Force Development

  •  Optimize student training times and establish standards for effective pipeline management
  •  Develop tailored production measurements
  •  Implement a continuum of learning for 2 AF personnel (O/E/C)

E - Enhance Lethality and Readiness

  •  Align foundational competencies to meet National Defense Strategy objectives
  •  Incorporate foundational readiness requirements into initial skills training
  •  Infuse Comprehensive Airman Fitness into all levels of training across 2 AF

T - Transform the Way We Learn

  •  Evolve Technical Training to deliver Airmen-centric, competency based, mission focused training
  •  Integrate activities across distinct training pipelines when appropriate to enable Airmen to train within a multi-functional mission context
  •  Develop a framework to accommodate an agile training pipeline

C - Cultivate an Environment of Excellence

  •  Establish a 2 AF training dorm master plan that modernizes facilities and prioritizes care of our Airmen
  •  Codify and implement the Airmanship curriculum
  •  Cultivate connectedness to enhance Military Family Readiness


Contact Us

2nd Air Force Command Section:

Comm: 228-377-1300
DSN: 597-1300

Servicing Public Affairs Office:

81st Training Wing Public Affairs
Comm: 228-377-2733
DSN: 597-2733