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25 Jun 50
The outbreak of the Korean conflict resulted in skyrocketing USAF training requirements. Subordinate commands within ATC were reinstituted. Flying Training Air Force was formed at Waco, TX, in 1951; Technical Training Air Force in July of that year at Gulfport, MS; and Crew Training Air Force was created in Mar 52 at Randolph AFB, TX. These three commands were discontinued by mid-1958.

3 Jul 50
USAF directed implementation of crew training in ATC, including instruction of fighter, bomber, and interceptor students.

15 Nov 50
Sampson AFB, NY, became a basic military training center when Lackland AFB became seriously overcrowded as the number of men in basic training increased dramatically. More than 19,000 men were sleeping in tents at Lackland, and Senator Lyndon B. Johnson's investigating subcommittee severely criticized the Air Force for accepting more recruits than it could handle. Overcrowding was remedied by reducing basic training from 13 to 8 weeks, suspending enlistments for 2 weeks, and opening additional basic military training centers.

4 Jan 51
Interceptor crew training started at Tyndall AFB, FL.

8 Mar 51
HQ ATC added a new function to its structure, the Guided Missile Training Division.

1 Aug 51
Parks AFB, CA, became a basic military training center.

27 Oct 51
The 3320th Retraining Group was established at Amarillo AFB, TX. The group conducted a program that provided selected Air Force prisoners with an opportunity for restoration to duty. The first retrainees arrived in Feb 52.

31 Mar 52
The command reached its peak military and civilian strength during the Korean conflict; 300,600 men and women, including 133,541 pipeline students, were assigned.

22 Dec 52
B-47 training started at Pinecastle AFB, FL, when Class 53-6A entered combat crew training.

1 Jul 53
BMT input to Parks AFB, CA, was suspended to allow phaseout.

27 Jul 53
Korean conflict ended. During this conflict, the command graduated 11,947 basic pilots.

20 Oct 53
ATC became responsible for directly supporting Air Defense Command in defending the United States against an air attack.

1 Jan 54
Pinecastle AFB, FL, and the B-47 combat crew training mission transferred to Strategic Air Command (SAC).

6 Mar 54
Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson directed the Air Force to assume operational control of Air Force recruiting not later than 1 Jul 54.

11 Mar 54
USAF assigned its recruiting mission to ATC.

12 May 54
Class 55-M at Marana AB, AZ, became the first to use T-34 and T-28 aircraft in primary contract pilot training.

19 Jul 54
Atomic, biological, and chemical warfare delivery training for bomber crews began at Randolph AFB, TX, when Class 54G-ABCD entered training.

1 Sep 54
ATC became responsible for Air Force resident survival training at Stead AFB, NV, and assumed command of the base.

Dec 54
Air Training Command adopted the abbreviation "ATC" instead of "ATRC" after Air Transport Command became Military Air Transport Service in Jun 48.

28 Jan 55
The procurement of nurses was added to the command's and the recruiting wing's missions.

1 Jul 56
The basic military training school which opened 15 Nov 50 at Sampson AFB, NY, was discontinued.

13 Aug 56
Air Training Command was assigned the responsibility for recruiting medical specialists.

1 Jan 57
Parks AFB, CA, transferred from the command, ending basic military training there. Lackland AFB, TX, was the single site for basic military training.

8 Apr 57
Instructor training for "Project Palm," an evaluation of Cessna's T-37 as a primary trainer, began at James Connally AFB, TX.

25 Jun 57
The field training concept, which had been tested for 14 months, was adopted to supplement and eventually supplant the mobile training program that had been a command function since 7 Jul 43.

2 Sep 57
The relocated Air Training Command headquarters was officially opened at Randolph AFB, TX.

1 Jul 58
Luke and Williams AFB, AZ, and Nellis AFB, NV, together with assigned fighter crew training missions, transferred to Tactical Air Command (TAC). McConnell AFB, KS, its bomber and nuclear weapons training programs, transferred to SAC. Additionally, the tanker aircrew training mission, located at Randolph AFB, TX, transferred to SAC. As a result of these transfers, ATC lost 762 aircraft.

1 Nov 58
The responsibility for negotiating with primary flying school contractors was transferred from Air Materiel Command to Air Training Command.

1 Sep 59
Management of Air Force training for foreign students was reassigned from HQ USAF to ATC. Military Assistance Program (MAP) and Latin American programs were now monitored and administered by ATC.

10 Apr 59
Northrop's twin-jet T-38, destined to replace the T-33 as a basic pilot training vehicle, was flown for the first time.

27 Nov 59
The first Officer Training School (OTS) class--94 students, entered training at Lackland. ATC operated both OTS and the Officer Candidate School (OCS) between 1959 and 1963. OCS was discontinued on 1 Jul 63. It's final class, 64D, graduated on 21 Jun 63.

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