The 57th Wing, as the most diverse wing in the Air Force, provides advanced, realistic, and multi-domain training focused on ensuring dominance through air, space, and cyberspace. The wing’s mission is innovative professionals leading advanced, realistic, multi-domain training focused on winning the high-end fight.
The 57th Wing is comprised of the USAF Weapons School, 57th Maintenance Group, 57th Operations Group, USAF Aerial Demonstration Squadron (Thunderbirds), USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School (AMMOS).
United States Air Force Weapons School
Composed of 21 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 and enlisted specialists of the combat air forces and mobility air forces. Every six months, the school produces approximately 100 graduates who are expert instructors on weapons and weapons systems as well as air, space and cyberspace integration.
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 culmination of the course is Weapons School Integration, a four-week series of combat missions over the Nevada Test and Training Range, where students demonstrate their ability to manage battles of increasing complexity 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 battlefield guidance to their commanders, operations officers and personnel.
The 14 USAFWS squadrons based at Nellis are the 6th Weapons Squadron (WPS) (F-35A), 8th WPS (EC-130H, RC-135, E-8C, E-3C, CRC and Advanced Weapons Director), 16th WPS (F-16), 17th WPS (F-15E), 19th WPS (Intelligence), 26th WPS (MQ-9), 32d WPS (Cyber), 34th WPS (HH-60G/HC-130J), 57th WPSS (Operational Support), 66th WPS (A-10C/JTAC), 315th WPS (ICBM), 328th WPS (Space), 433rd WPS (F-15C/F-22), and 561st WPS. The seven geographically separated units include the 14th WPS at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (AC-130/MC-130/U-28), 29th WPS at Little Rock AFB, Ark. (C-130), which also has the 29th Detachment at Rosecrans ANGB, 57th WPS at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. (C-17), 77th WPS at Dyess AFB, Texas (B-1), 325th WPS at Whiteman AFB, Mo. (B-2), 340th WPS at Barksdale AFB, La. (B-52) and the 509th WPS at Fairchild AFB, Wash. (KC-135). For more information see the USAF Weapons School Fact Sheet.
57th Operations Group creates combat airpower for joint and coalition forces through integrated, advanced, relevant, and realistic training. This is accomplished through the group’s coordinated multi-domain Red Force as well as by educating, exercising, and advocating for the integration of airpower into the joint fight to train U.S. personnel and coalition partners. To accomplish its mission, the group directs the operations of eight Nellis-based squadrons, five geographically separated units and four detachments.
414th Combat Training Squadron conducts exercise Red Flag, a realistic multi-domain 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 robust, realistic training environment. It is conducted on the vast Nevada Test and Training Range Complex.
548th Combat Training Squadron provides realistic joint integration and close air support training to Special Warfare Airmen Tactical Air Control Party, Special Warfare Officers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Liaison Officers, and joint/coalition soldiers in conjunction with ten Joint Readiness Training Center rotations each year as they conduct counter-land battles short of the Fire Support Coordination Line at the Infantry Brigade Combat Team level.
549th Combat Training Squadron, in conjunction with the 12 CTS, hosts Green Flag-West exercises, providing 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, in conjunction with its detachment at Fort Sill, Ok., 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/Host Aviation Resource Management activities. They provide Air Traffic Control capabilities that enable flying units to conduct advanced operational test, tactics development and training missions. They’re also responsible for Radar, Airfield and Weather Systems maintenance, Flight Simulator operations/training and weapons support.
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.
57th Information Aggressor Squadron mission is to know, teach, and replicate advanced, realistic, and credible adversary cyber and information operations to train USAF, Joint, and Coalition personnel and assess DoD weapon systems.
177th Information Aggressor Squadron is an Air National Guard unit located at McConnell AFB, KS, that provides operational effects through adversarial replication for the state of Kansas, the Air Force, and the DoD by gaining persistent access and exploiting all forms of Cyber assets using network tactics, close access and intelligence analysis.
64th Aggressor Squadron prepares US, allied, and partner nation aircrews for aerial combat with accurate and realistic threat replication training. They accomplish this as the USAF's professional adversaries, flying 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.
507th Air Defense Aggressor Squadron readies joint and coalition forces for full spectrum combat operations by providing part-task and fully integrated realistic surface-to-air threat replication, training and instruction.
24th Tactical Air Support Squadron provides Close Air Support to train Joint Terminal Attack Controllers; conducts Air Combat Command’s centralized Forward Air Controller (Airborne) upgrade program; provides roadshows and outreach programs to develop tactical expertise within the Close Air Support community; and assists in the evaluation of weapons and technical system developments and emerging joint fires tactics.
57th Maintenance Group
The Air Force's most complex maintenance group provides on- and off-equipment maintenance for over 140 assigned A-10, F-15C/E, F-16, F-22 and F-35 aircraft to support 10 flying programs, and all visiting Red Flag, Green Flag, and operational test and evaluation aircraft.
57th/757th 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 accomplishment of scheduled/unscheduled maintenance requirements. The Aircraft Maintenance Units support flying operations for the United States Air Force Weapon School, 64th Aggressor Squadron and Test and Evaluation missions. The AMUs are comprised of aircraft ranging from F-15C/D/E, F-16C/D, F-22, F-35 and A-10.
57th Munitions Squadron is responsible for providing program management, precision measurement, precision diagnostic equipment maintenance and munitions support for A-10C, F-15C/D/E, F-16C/D, F-22A, F-35A and HH-60G aircraft as well as joint and coalition forces. The MUNS Flights are PMEL, Systems, Materiel, and Production.
United States Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School prepares aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics readiness leaders for tomorrow's victories. USAF AMMOS provides the Air Force's premier advanced maintenance, munitions and logistics training, expanding combat capability through graduate-level education. Graduates are highly skilled tactical and operational maintenance, munitions, and logistics readiness officers and SNCOs, capable of effectively leading aircraft maintenance, munitions, logistics readiness operations at home station or deployed. They can skillfully manage aircraft fleet-health, and overall unit personnel readiness and training challenges to ensure combat-ready weapons systems in support of an air campaign. Graduates plan and execute a unit's flying hour program and can effectively deploy forces to successfully accomplish expeditionary combat operations. They can also design and execute munitions operations and production. Graduates are charged to effectively share their knowledge as mentors to their senior leaders, peers, and subordinates. They also act as an advisor to wing leadership on aircraft maintenance, munitions, and logistics readiness issues at home station or deployed.
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.
(Current as of November 2020)
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