479th Flying Training Group welcomes new commander
By Capt. Sean Leuschen | June 23, 2020
The 479th Flying Training Group turned the next chapter as Col. Charles McElvaine relinquished command to Col. William O’Brien IV. The ceremony was presided over by Col. Mark Robinson, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, at Naval Air Station Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum.
Operation Echo seeks reduction of airfield intrusions at JBSA-Randolph
By Robert Goetz | June 19, 2020
The 12th Operations Support Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph is leading a collaborative effort to minimize the potential of airfield intrusions on the south side of the JBSA location where a well-traveled roadway crosses the intersection of three active taxiways.
Total Force Initiative creates 147th Operations Group, Det. 1, at 558th FTS
By Airman 1st Class Shelby Pruitt | Oct. 30, 2019
A congressional mandate for increased total force integration authorized the 147th Attack Wing of the Texas Air National Guard to stand up a small Air Education and Training Command Undergraduate Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training, or URT, detachment.
12th Operations Support Squadron egress training saves lives
By Sabrina Fine | Aug. 16, 2019
Imagine having a second to make a life or death decision. For that reason, the 12th Operations Support Squadron’s Aircrew Flight Equipment and Survival Course impacts aviation safety throughout the Air Force. With approximately 1,200 students certified or recertified every year, the program teaches pilots how to properly egress from T-1A, T-6A and T-38C aircraft.
AETC Airmen visit PACAF to enhance warfighter alignment
By Staff Sgt. Mikaley Kline | July 25, 2019
Members of the 12th Operations Support Squadron and 559th Flying Training Squadron, both assigned to the 12th Flying Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, visited Pacific Air Forces headquarters July 8-10.
12th Flying Training Wing historian recognized by AETC
By Benjamin Faske | June 17, 2019
The preservation of Air Force history is an important task which allows Airmen to look back in time and remember important milestones and events that were important to the identity of a unit. For the last 13 years, Lane Bourgeois, 12th Flying Training Wing historian at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, has ensured the 12th's history lives on forever.
99th FTS pays tribute to fallen Tuskegee Airman
By Airman 1st Class Shelby Pruitt | June 28, 2019
The 99th Flying Training Squadron paid tribute June 21 to a member of a groundbreaking African-American flying unit that overcame racial prejudice and stereotypes to excel in its mission at the height of World War II.
451st Flying Training Squadron mourns former commander
By 12th Flying Training Wing PAO staff report | April 23, 2019
Retired Col. Jimmy Carver was 81 when he passed away in Foley, Alabama. He commanded the 451st Flying Training Squadron from April 1979 to June 1981 at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. Burial was at Barrancas National Cemetery at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, Feb. 5.
Fit to fight, fitted for flight
By Senior Airman Gwendalyn Smith | July 12, 2018
The overall mission of the U.S. Air Force is to Fly, Fight and Win. In order to carry out that mission, every plane and pilot must be equipped and ready for any situation. Aircrew Flight Equipment is one of the many units that ensure the safety and success of Air Force flying missions.
Air Force pros gather for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training Summit
By Capt. Jose Davis | July 17, 2018
Air Education and Training Command officials sponsored the first Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training Summit July 10-12, at the 558th Flying Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. The event brought together professionals from throughout the RPA community across the Air Force.
Ground power at 12th MXG shop supports air power
By Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young | July 19, 2018
From troubleshooting to final fitting, the 12th Maintenance Group’s metals technology shop fabricates and custom-makes the metal components critical to the functioning of the T-1A, T-6C and T-38C aircraft.
Pacer Classic III mods give T-38 new life
By Alex R. Lloyd | June 19, 2018
What do you do with airplanes that were built in the early 1960s and are planned to be flying well past their 70th birthday? You give them a structural makeover that will provide the strength and longevity to go the distance.
455th FTS’ heritage aircraft wears colors of WWII-era B-26 Marauder
By Robert Goetz | May 11, 2018
Just weeks after painting a T-38C Talon in the colors of the Vietnam War-era F-4 Phantom II for the 560th Flying Training Squadron’s 45th annual Freedom Flyers Reunion in March, the 12th Maintenance Group’s corrosion control team has completed a similar project for a 12th Flying Training Wing squadron that’s some 700 miles away.
Mission Motherhood: 'Service Before Self' rings especially true
By Senior Airman Gwendalyn Smith | May 11, 2018
Since the United States Air Force was established in 1947, the core value of "Service Before Self" has always been a key for Airmen in making mission capabilities a success. For moms however, that core value not only includes the needs of their military, but also their families.
45th Annual Freedom Flyer Reunion
By | March 20, 2018
The 560th Flying Training Squadron hosts the 45th Annual Freedom Flyer Reunion with events March 22 and 23 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph. Three Freedom Flights are planned between 1 and 2 p.m. March 22, while official Freedom Flyer Reunion events begin March 23.
T-38C dons F-4’s colors for role during Freedom Flyer Reunion
By Robert Goetz | March 16, 2018
An aircraft with a color scheme familiar to Air Force pilots who flew missions during the Vietnam War will play an important role in the 560th Flying Training Squadron’s 45th annual Freedom Flyer Reunion March 22-23.
Flight #162, Mission Complete
By Senior Airman Gwendalyn Smith | March 15, 2018
On a Friday afternoon in 1966 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., personnel gathered together for a commander’s call. Among the crowd was Lt. Joe Milligan, now a retired colonel, who unknowingly would make a decision that altered the rest of his career.
Test pilot briefs T-6 nation
By 1st. Lt. Geneva Croxton | March 13, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas—An F-16 Fighting Falcon’s sustained 9 g-force break turn is
T-38 Navy Test Pilot Transition with the 560th FTS
By Randy Martin, 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Dec. 14, 2017
The 560th Flying Squadron trained twenty-six Sailors, Marines, and international test pilots in 2017. The T-38 Navy Test Pilot Transition is vital to a diversely experienced and talented cadre across the joint force.
Crew that overcame engine failure earn AETC safety award nomination
By Robert Goetz | Dec. 4, 2017
What could have been a sortie with disastrous consequences was averted the morning of June 29 by a weapons systems officer and student pilot from the 435th Fighter Training Squadron who were practicing bombing deliveries at a range south of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
Sutherland Springs victims, married Airmen, honored
By Randy Martin | Nov. 14, 2017
Civilian employees and military members at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland joined with their Air Force colleagues and the families of two of the Sutherland Springs shooting victims for a funeral Nov. 9, 2017 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.
How Drone Operators and Airfields Share the Sky
By | Oct. 18, 2017
Small unmanned aircraft systems, often called “drones,” are becoming increasingly popular. Drones are easily purchased and make good gifts for hobbyists and commercial users alike. Recent improvements in technology help operators fly their drones higher, faster, longer, and further than ever. Additionally, drones are getting heavier and larger in size.
The Spirit Salutes Military Service
By Randy Martin | Oct. 20, 2017
More than 100 active duty military members, Veterans, community leaders, and Union Pacific employees gathered for a ceremony to unveil a special train engine at Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas Oct. 19.
Caring for international officers
By Randy Martin | Oct. 4, 2017
On Monday morning while the Air Force was conducting accountability for Airmen that might have been affected by the October 1, 2017 shooting in Las Vegas, the 12th Flying Training Wing’s "ambassador" was checking the safety of twenty international students he helps daily.
Many leadership lessons learned from Haven For Hope visit
By Randy Martin | Sept. 11, 2017
The 12th Flying Training Wing’s leaders spent four hours at a homeless shelter Sept. 7 as part of a commanders’ off-site. The Haven for Hope provides a place of hope and new beginnings for more than 2,100 people at a 22-acre campus near downtown San Antonio.
559th Host Bring Your Kids to Work Day
By Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young | Aug. 17, 2017
Airmen with the 559th Flying Training Squadron welcomed younger family members to Hangar 64 on Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph for Bring Your Child to Work Day August. 11.
Top graduating Air Force pilot is another enlisted first
By Randy Martin | Aug. 7, 2017
A staff sergeant is the top graduate in his Air Force undergraduate remotely piloted aircraft training class. It’s a major feat considering that historically the Air Force has depended almost exclusively on commissioned officers to pilot its aircraft.
Pilot for a Day fills birthday wish
By Tech. Sgt. Ave I. Young | June 29, 2017
Angel Vasquez woke up June 29 on his 17th birthday not expecting the surprise of being recognized as an honorary pilot at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
Same problem, new solution
By Tech. Sgt. Ave Young | June 14, 2017
In September last year, David Duggar, the new propulsion shop supervisor for the 12th Flying Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio – Randolph saw an opportunity to improve performance that affected two shops in the 12th Maintenance Group.
12th MXG invests in human capital
By Senior Airman Stormy Archer | Jan. 30, 2017
The 12th Maintenance Group conducted a week-long leadership development course for civilian aircraft