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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, Red Flag and Green Flag 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, and 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. For more information, see the 549th CTS Fact Sheet.
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 Green Flag-West 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 theUS 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 and 65th Aggressor Squadrons prepare the CAF's joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow's victories through challenging, realistic threat replication, training, test support, academics, and feedback. They accomplish this as the USAF's professional adversaries, flying F-15 (65 AGRS) and F-16 (64 AGRS) aircraft for Red Flag and Maple Flag exercises, USAF Weapons School syllabus support, priority test mission support and road shows that visit various units throughout the CAF. For more information, see the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadron Fact Sheets.
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 theDepartment of Defense. For more information, see the 547th Intelligence Squadron Fact Sheet.
527th Space Aggressor Squadron operating from 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 A-10, F-15, F-16, and F-22A aircraft to support 10 flying programs, and all visiting Red Flag, Green Flag, 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 (F-22), Tomahawk (F-16C/D), and Viper (F-16C/D). It will also oversee future operations of the Lightning AMU (F-35).
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 (F-15C/D), Strike (F-15E), Thunder (A-10), and Flanker (F-15C/D).
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 (F-16), 17 WPS (F-15E), 19 WPS (Intelligence), 26 WPS (MQ-1/MQ-9), 34 WPS (HH-60), 57 WPSS (Operational Support), 66 WPS (A-10), 315 WPS (ICBM), 328 WPS (Space), and 433 WPS (F-15C/F-22). The seven geographically separated units include the 14 WPS at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (AC-130/MC-130/U-28); 29 WPS at Little Rock AFB, Ark. (C-130); 57 WPS at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (C-17); 77 WPS at Dyess AFB, Texas (B-1); 325 WPS at Whiteman AFB, Mo. (B-2); 340 WPS at Barksdale AFB, La. (B-52); and the 509 WPS at Fairchild AFB, Wash. (KC-135). 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.
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 or visit their website.
(Current as of June 2012)
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