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19th Air Force command chief retires after 30-year career
June 10, 2024
Chief Apticar retirement ceremony.

Sixteenth Air Force hosts Beale Military Liaison Council
April 23, 2024
Council members try the pilot training simulators.

Maxwell Air Force Base welcomes first active duty flying training unit since 1945
February 1, 2024
a man hands another man a flag

SecAF takes closer look at JBSA missions
November 8, 2022
Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall reads at a podium to a crowd of Airmen.

Stewart takes command of Nineteenth Air Force, continuing focus of accelerating change
August 22, 2022
Nineteenth Air Force change of command

Innovation continues with Det. 24’s change of command
June 14, 2022
Change of command ceremony

Empowering female Airmen across AETC, Torch Athena takes flight
May 26, 2022
photo of military personnel.

19th Air Force commander visits Alamo Wing
May 29, 2021
Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Kristina Rogers, 19th AF command chief master sergeant, talk with Col. James C. “JC” Miller, 433rd Operations Group commander, in the cockpit of a C-5M Super Galaxy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, May 21, 2021. Wills and Rogers toured the 433rd Airlift Wing and discussed the pilot training transformation initiative.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Wich)

AETC taking deliberate action focused on diversity, inclusion for recruits, Airmen
March 7, 2021
Young female teen in a Cessna aircraft

AETC, Nineteenth Air Force host first Flying Training Virtual Industry Days to address pilot shortages
March 1, 2021
Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, discusses the various requests for information to industry during his opening remarks at the Flying Training Virtual Industry Day at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Feb. 24. The Flying Training Virtual Industry Day sought industry insight and perspective to address the current pilot shortage.

Nineteenth Air Force activates maintenance training center
October 30, 2020
Brian Bastow, Nineteenth Air Force logistics requirements branch chief, cuts a ribbon held by Chris Padeni, Nineteenth Air Force maintenance training superintendent (right), and Dean Jeavons, Nineteenth Air Force maintenance requirements section chief (left), during the Nineteenth Air Force Maintenance Training Center activation ceremony Oct. 29, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Op Blue Hero: 97th AMW transports BMT grads to Keesler for technical training
March 31, 2020
A C-17 airplane taxis into a parking spot

Formal trainer aircraft maintenance training returning after long hiatus
March 13, 2020
An Aircraft maintainer standing on a platform to conduct maintenance on a T-38 cockpit inside a hangar.

Operational height waivers focus of latest "The Air Force Starts Here" podcast
January 14, 2020
"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

Aspiring Air Force pilots: Don’t let height standards get in the way
November 7, 2019
U.S. Air Force Maj. Nick Harris (left) and Capt. Jessica Wallander, instructor pilots with the 71st Flying Training Wing at Vance Air Force Base, Okla., stand side-by-side to illustrate the varying standing heights of Air Force pilots to dispel the myth that there is one height standard for all Air Force pilots.  Height waivers are available for candidates that do not meet AFI 48-123 standards.  If you are interested in learning more about height waivers, work with your commission source or contact the Air Force Call Center at 1-800-423-USAF. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo)

Wills takes command of 19th Air Force overseeing flying training
June 13, 2019
Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, passes the 19th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, during the 19th Air Force change of command ceremony June 13, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.  The numbered Air Force oversees 19 training locations, with 17 Total Force wings, 11 active duty, one Air Force Reserve and five Air National Guard units.  More than 32,000 members of the 19th Air Force operate more than 1,600 aircraft from 29 different aircraft models. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)

19th Air Force change of command set for June 13
June 11, 2019
Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Doherty will pass the 19th Air Force guidon to Maj. Gen. Craig D. Wills during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. June 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph’s Hangar 4.

Pilot Training Next innovations moving to undergraduate pilot training
March 14, 2019
Staff Sgt. Joseph Sabin, Air Education and Training Command Technology Integrated Detachment, flies a virtual-reality sortie at the Pilot Training Next Technology Expo at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph March 12. Technology currently being used at PTN was on display at the expo and subject matter experts and technology vendors were available to talk with attendees.

Flying training commander gets first ride in next-gen fighter and bomber trainer
December 4, 2018
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, gets ready for a T-X familiarization sortie at the Boeing facility in St. Louis, Nov. 27, 2018. The T-X trainer will help the service increase the lethality and readiness of future pilots in both under- and graduate-level training courses due to its advanced training capabilities.

AETC announces 2018 flying training awards
November 15, 2018
Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander, presents the Top Wing of Wings Award to Col. Corey Simmons, 71st Flying Training Wing commander, during the Air Education and Training Command Flying Training Awards Ceremony Oct. 26, 2018, at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The award ceremony recognizes individuals, squadrons, groups and wings whose efforts have led to the highest levels of student production.