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Namesakes: Sheppard AFB, Texas

August 30, 2017

Air Force Magazines back-page feature is “Namesakes.” Every month it profiles the person or people after whom an Air Force facility was named. This post is about Sheppard AFB

Sheppard Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located five miles north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, in Wichita County, Texas. It is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II.

Namesakes: Sheppard AFB

The 82nd Training Wing is responsible for aircraft maintenance and armament and munitions including nuclear munitions. The 82d Training Group provides aircraft maintenance and munitions training to satisfy the full range of customer requirements for respective apportioned United States Air Force specialties, including officer and enlisted initial skills courses in 17 different Air Force Specialty Codes, advanced and supplemental courses, the Maintenance Course for Operational Commanders, and the Mission Generation Road Course.

The major tenant unit, the 80th Flying Training Wing hosts the world’s only internationally manned and managed pilot training program. Celebrated 35 years in 2016, the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program has now delivered more than 6,600 trained combat pilots to our NATO allies. (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom)

Sheppard AFB website

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