The 37th Training Wing, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is the largest training wing in the United States Air Force. The 37 TRW consists of five training groups and graduates more than 80,000 students annually. These five missions include basic military training of all enlisted recruits entering the Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard; technical training encompassing hundreds of courses for a wide array of career fields and functions; Nursing and Health Services Admin officer courses and enlisted medical courses; English language training for international military personnel attending the Defense Language Institute; and specialized maintenance and security training as well as the International Squadron Officer School and International Non-Commissioned Officer Academy conducted in Spanish by active-duty Airmen for Latin American students attending the Inter-American Air Forces Academy.
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the 81st Training Wing is host to 2nd Air Force, the 403rd Wing (AF Reserve) and the single largest employer on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Keesler trains more than 28,000 students annually with an average daily student load of more than 2,700. The 81st TRW is a lead Joint Training Installation, instructing not only Air Force, but Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and civilian federal agency personnel. Keesler’s mission is enduring. They provide a wide array of capabilities in over 160 career field specialty training courses from 8 operating locations in the continental United States. Their mission is not only to technically training warfighters, but to develop and inspire them.
A Joint Center of Excellence, the 17th Training Wing is the home for the Department of Defense Fire Academy and multi-service intelligence technical training. The wing is responsible for training more than 14,400 firefighting and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance warriors annually for the United States Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, other government agencies, and allied nations. The wing has command responsibility for three geographically-separated units in California, Arizona and Florida. The 17th TRW manages real property, equipment, supplies and contracts in excess of $1.25 billion and has an annual operating budget exceeding $258 million. The wing also provides support to Army, Navy and Marine Corps on-base units, as well as seven other partner organizations and Angelo State University's Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
The 82nd Training Wing is responsible for the training of more than 60,000 Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and international officer and enlisted students annually at Sheppard Air Force Base and more than 60 geographically separated units worldwide. The 82nd TRW produces nearly half of all Air Force technical training graduates annually, delivering instruction in aircraft maintenance, logistics, civil engineering and telecommunications career fields. The wing consists of three training groups, a mission support group and a medical group, and also provides base support services to the 80th Flying Training Wing's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program.
The Special Warfare Training Wing, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, recruits, assess, selects and trains the Air Force's conventional and special operations ground combat forces to meet the demand of the future battlefield. They push the limits of human performance and technology to build a stronger, smarter, more lethal force capable of solving the nation's most complex problems. They conduct training at numerous locations, including Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, Panama City, Florida, Fort Benning Georgia, Yuma, Arizona, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina and Hurlburt Field, Florida.
The 381st Training Group provides qualification training for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), space surveillance, missile warning, spacelift, and satellite command and control operators. It also performs initial and advanced maintenance training on air launched missiles (ALM) and ICBM's. It conducts training in joint space fundamentals and associated computer maintenance. The group also conducts qualification and orientation training for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) staff and senior-level personnel, as well as instructor enhancement in support of operational units.
The 517th Training Group is located at the Presidio of Monterey. It is the newest of the 17th Training Wing's four groups and consists of two squadrons, the 311th Training Squadron and the 314th Training Squadron. The 517th TRG is integrated within the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) and is essential to training over 3,600 students in 24 different foreign languages. Air Force graduates of DLIFLC serve everywhere from Cryptologic Linguists, Foreign Area Officers, Presidential translators and OSI agents. Additionally, graduates participate in the Language Enabled Airman Program, the Olmsted Scholar Program, and foreign Professional Military Education and exchange programs.
The 602nd Training Group (P) facilitates and influences policies and procedures for Joint Expeditionary Tasking Airmen training and equipping through year-round coordination. The 602nd TRG(P) personnel schedule Combat Skills Training for JET Airmen as well as for individual augmentees. The 602nd TRG(P) also manages an operations center at Keesler Air Force Base as well as detachments at each of the CST locations to ensure smooth movement and training of approximately 1,000 Airmen each year.