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NEWS | July 6, 2012

12th FTW assumes responsibility for 306th FTG

By Bekah Clark 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

The 12th Flying Training Wing assumed responsibility for the 306th Flying Training Group in a redesignation ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy Tuesday.

The wing took formal control of the group June 1 as directed by Gen. Edward Rice, Air Education and Training commander, because of 19th Air Force's inactivation later this summer.

The 12th FTW's mission has expanded over the last two and a half years, adding the combat systems officer and basic Remotely Piloted Aircraft pilot and sensor operator training missions to its portfolio.

"It's fitting that the 306th Flying Training Group, which hosts U.S. Air Force Academy airmanship programs and screening for rated flying positions joins our family," Col. Richard Murphy, 12th FTW commander, said.

"The 12th Flying Training Wing, with operations in Texas, Florida and now Colorado, is separated by more than 1,600 miles. Yet we are one team with one mission: to deliver unrivaled airpower leaders for the future of our United States Air Force."

The realignment will not change the 306th FTG's mission of management and oversight of the U.S. Air Force Academy's airmanship programs. They will continue to ensure powered flight, soaring and parachuting courses contribute measurably to the leadership and character development of cadets.

"We look forward to building upon great relationship between the 306th and the academy," Murphy said. "We promise to deliver the same unmatched airmanship training, character development and nationally ranked cadet competition teams you've come to expect."

Additionally, the group oversees Introductory Flight Screening, contracted to Doss Aviation in Pueblo, Colo., and ensures the program identifies those officers with the aptitude to succeed in Air Force undergraduate aviation training.