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The 57th Wing is the most diverse wing in the
United States Air Force
. It provides advanced aerospace training to world-wide combat air forces and showcases aerospace power to the world while overseeing the dynamic and challenging flying operations at Nellis. It manages all flying operations at
Nellis Air Force Base
and conducts advanced aircrew, space, logistics and command and control training through the USAF Weapons School,
exercises. Important components of the training include adversary tactics replication (provided by the wing's aggressor squadrons) and graduate level instruction and tactics development (accomplished through each of its schools). The wing additionally supports the
USAF Warfare Center's
test and evaluation activities and showcases US air power through the
USAF Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds."
The wing is comprised of seven distinct organizations: the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, 57th Maintenance Group, 57th Operations Group, USAF Weapons School, USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School,
USAF Air Demonstration Squadron
561st Joint Tactics Squadron
57th Operations Group
The 57 OG educates, exercises, and advocates the integration of airpower into the joint fight and supports the preparation of the combat air forces' (CAF) maintainers and aircrews. To execute its mission, the 57 OG oversees operations of six squadrons and two detachments from Nellis AFB and four geographically separated locations.
414th Combat Training Squadron
conducts exercise Red Flag, a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies that maximizes the combat readiness and survivability of participants by providing a realistic training environment. It is conducted on the vast
Nevada Test and Training Range
Complex. For more information, see the
414 CTS Fact Sheet
549th Combat Training Squadron
hosts (along with the 12 CTS) Green Flag-West exercises, providing the ultimate peacetime close air support training for Joint and Coalition personnel in the integration and employment of air, space, and cyber power in conjunction with ground force operations.
6th Combat Training Squadron
along with its detachment at
Fort Sill, Okla.
, provides Air-Ground Warriors education and training in doctrine, concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures by which air and ground forces plan, request, coordinate, and control joint firepower on the battlefield.
57th Operations Support Squadron
manages Nellis' diverse airfield, airspace, and flight scheduling operations to enable units to conduct advanced operational, test and training missions. It is also responsible for scheduling, training, weapons, tactics and planning staff functions.
12th Combat Training Squadron
readies tactical air control parties, weather teams, and brigade combat teams to execute decisive, world-wide multi-spectrum combat operations during
exercises at the
US Army's National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif
548th Combat Training Squadron
along with its detachment at
Barksdale AFB, La.
, executes Green Flag-East exercises, providing operational control, safe employment, and realistic close air support training for tactical aircrews and tactical air control parties at the
US Army Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La
57th Adversary Tactics Group
The 57 ATG provides a coordinated Red Force to train US personnel and coalition partners during exercises and deployments, while overseeing USAF-wide Air, Air Defense, Space and Information Aggressor initiatives and threat academic programs. To accomplish this mission, it directs operations of seven squadrons.
57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron
consolidates and coordinates shared elements of the Aggressor mission, allowing the presentation of complete enemy target sets to customers. It also provides standardization at the group level for processes and programs common to multiple Aggressor units.
57th Information Aggressor Squadron
executes cyberspace operations by emulating current and emerging threat capabilities and tactics and providing adversary operational and tactical influence operations and network operations integrated with Air, Space and Ground Aggressors to train the warfighter.
64th Aggressor Squadron
prepares the CAF's joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow's victories through challenging, realistic threat replication, training, test support, academics, and feedback. The aggressors accomplish this as the USAF's professional adversaries, flying
) aircraft for
and Maple Flag exercises, USAF Weapons School syllabus support, priority test mission support and road shows that visit various units throughout the CAF.
507th Air Defense Aggressor Squadron
readies the CAF, joint, and allied aircrews with challenging and realistic specialized academics, hands-on-training, and subject matter experts on adversary surface-based threats, composite force employment, and electronic combat to defeat potential adversaries.
547th Intelligence Squadron
provides comprehensive adversary tactics analysis, advanced unit intelligence training, and intelligence support for ongoing combat operations. It analyzes, refines, and disseminates intelligence on adversary tactics and weapons employment for customers throughout the
Department of Defense
. For more information, see the
547th Intelligence Squadron Fact Sheet
527th Space Aggressor Squadron
Schreiver AFB, Colo.
, prepares USAF, Joint and Allied Forces for combat through realistic threat replication, training, and feedback through specialized and certified space-capable aggressors. It operates adversary space systems, develops new tactics, techniques and procedures to counter threats, and improves the US military space posture.
57th Maintenance Group
The Air Force's most complex maintenance group provides on- and off-equipment maintenance for over 140 assigned
aircraft to support 10 flying programs, and all visiting
, and operational test and evaluation aircraft.
57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
accomplishes on-equipment maintenance of assigned aircraft, to include aircraft servicing, before and after flight inspections, launch and recovery, munitions loading, and any unscheduled maintenance requirements that occur during the course of the flying day. The squadron's Aircraft Maintenance Units (AMUs) include the Raptor (
), Tomahawk (
), and Viper (
). It will also oversee future operations of the Lightning AMU (
57th Maintenance Squadron
provides munitions support, equipment calibration, and program management, while managing weapons standardization, quality assurance, manpower, client support, equipment, and facilities for the Nellis maintenance complex.
757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
accomplishes intermediate-level maintenance on aircraft and support equipment components, maintaining avionics, laser guided weapons systems, pneudraulics, fuel systems, engines, measurement/diagnostic equipment, electro-environmental, and egress systems. Squadron AMUs are Eagle (
), Strike (
), Thunder (
), and Flanker (
United States Air Force Weapons School
Comprised of 18 squadrons, the USAF Weapons School teaches graduate-level instructor courses that provide the world's most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment to officers of the combat air forces and mobility air forces. Every six months, the school produces approximately 80 graduates who are expert instructors on weapons, weapons systems, and air and space integration. The school also produces the Weapons Review magazine, the CAF's premier professional tactics publication.
Students are fully qualified instructors, chosen by a central selection board, and among the top of their peers. During the course, they receive an average of 400 hours of graduate-level academics and participate in demanding combat training missions. The climax of the course is the mission employment phase, a two-week staged battle over the
Nevada Test and Training Range
. The students demonstrate their ability to manage a battle and effectively integrate multiple weapons systems. Upon graduation, the new weapons officers return to the field to serve as unit weapons and tactics officers, providing advanced instruction and technical advice to their commanders, operations officers, and personnel.
The eleven USAFWS squadrons based at Nellis are the 8 WPS (Command and Control Operations), 16 WPS (
), 17 WPS (
), 19 WPS (Intelligence), 26 WPS (
), 34 WPS (
), 57 WPSS (Operational Support), 66 WPS (
), 315 WPS (ICBM), 328 WPS (Space), and 433 WPS (
). The seven geographically separated units include the 14 WPS at
Hurlburt Field, Fla
); 29 WPS at
Little Rock AFB, Ark
); 57 WPS at
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
); 77 WPS at
Dyess AFB, Texas
); 325 WPS at
Whiteman AFB, Mo.
); 340 WPS at
Barksdale AFB, La.
); and the 509 WPS at
Fairchild AFB, Wash.
). For more information see the
USAF Weapons School Fact Sheet
United States Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School
The mission of the USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School (USAF AMMOS) at Nellis AFB, NV, is to prepare maintenance and munitions leaders for tomorrow's victories. USAF AMMOS provides the Air Force's premier advanced maintenance training, expanding combat capability through graduate-level education. Graduates are producers as highly skilled tactical and operational maintenance officers and SNCOs, capable of effectively leading aircraft and munitions maintenance operations at home station or deployed. They can skillfully manage aircraft fleet-health and overall unit readiness challenges to ensure combat-ready weapons systems in support of an Air Campaign. Graduates will plan and execute a unit's flying hour program and can efficiently deploy forces to successfully accomplish expeditionary combat operations. They can design and execute munitions operations and production. Graduates are charged to effectively share their knowledge as mentors to their peers and subordinates. They also act as an advisor to wing leadership on aircraft and munitions maintenance at home station or deployed.
561st Joint Training Squadron
hones the warfighter's capability by providing timely tactical lessons learned and current tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure training results in increased readiness and lethality. It is the focal point for a flexible, responsive, and real-time process that collects, vets, disseminates, and integrates relevant and timely information and is a central source for current tactical doctrine and tactical resources. For more information, see the
561st Joint Training Squadron fact sheet.
United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron - Thunderbirds
"America's Ambassadors in Blue," the Thunderbirds plan and present precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high performance aircraft and the lofty degree of professional skill required to operate these aircraft in a precision aerial demonstration. Team members carry out their unique mission as a special salute to their brothers and sisters in arms who are fighting America's battles in air, space, and cyberspace. They have performed for more than 300 million people in all 50 states and many countries around the world.
From mid-March through mid-November each year, the Thunderbirds are on the road, planning and presenting precision aerial demonstrations in one of America's front-line multi-role fighter aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Objectives of the squadron are to demonstrate to the public the professional competence of Air Force members, to support Air Force community relations and people-to-people programs and to support Air Force recruiting and retention programs. For more information, see the
Thunderbirds Fact Sheet
(Current as of June 2012)
USAF Fact Sheet
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