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Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron, AFSAT

Air Education and Training Command is the executive agent for all Air Force sponsored international training and education.  The command implements and approves Air Force sponsored security assistance training, monitors the progress of training and the welfare of U.S. Air Force-sponsored international students, and provides guidance for implementation of the DoD Field Studies Program. AFSAT members train or facilitate training for 13,900 students from 157 countries utilizing 11,022 course entries for students attending English language, flying, technical, medical, and professional military education and training, with an overall portfolio worth $10.2B.


Strengthening Alliances and Building Partnerships…One Airman at a Time


We Train the World



The Command section contains the office of the Commander, the Executive Director, International Plans (AFSAT/XF), and Training Division (AFSAT/TO)


The International Plans Division supports the functions which merge the areas of AETC IA and AFSAT similar to a Commander’s Action Group, providing analysis of factors related to International training programs, training CONOPS, Building Partnership interface, data collection, mission enhancement initiatives, problem solving, and other duties as directed to ensure successful completion of the International Training and Education mission.  XF primarily handles new business for major weapon systems training development and implementation (F-35); routine and crisis staffing actions supporting AETC, SAF/IA, DSCA, and other US governmental agencies; and International Training data analysis, programming, manpower and fact finding.  All unit manpower resources are managed and tracked by this Division.  All unit and customer Security Assistance/Cooperation training requirements. Coordinates foreign visitor conferences, meetings, and ceremonies for the commander.



TO manages AFSAT’s Training Program, by identifying and tracking requirements for all AFSAT and AETC/IA personnel. Schedules formal training and develop in-house training programs for all AFSAT and AETC/IA personnel.  Defense Security Assistance Management System (DSAMS). AF liaison with DSCA to ensure application supports DSCA/AF/AFSAT Security Cooperation training policy and processes. Maintains AFSAT functional roles & responsibilities. Assist AFSAT members with education/training and support to obtain/maintain Financial Management and International Affairs Certification



The Director, Financial Management is the focal point for all financial related activities within the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron.  The Director interfaces directly with DoS, DSCA, SAF/IA, SAF/FM, and other MilDeps as needed to accomplish AF Building Partnership Capacity and the Air Force international training mission. 

Under the Director are six divisions:  FMA (Financial Analysis), FMB (Budget), FMF (Financial Services), FMO (Accounting and Operations), Financial Travel (FML), and Policy & Programs (FMP).

The FM Divisions provides financial advice, policy guidance, analysis, and conducts Financial Case Reconciliation and Closure support to International Military Education & Training (IMET), Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Counter Terrorism (CT), International Narcotics Control (INL), 1004 (Counter Drug Program) and the Aviation Leadership Program (ALP); develops the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and Annual Budgets for Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and O&M programs; provides Air Force tuition pricing approval, quality assurance and government travel support to enable AFSAT to fully execute its international training mission.



The Director of Mission Support is the focal point for all direct and indirect guidance to Training Program Managers and Country Managers in the planning, development, programming, and execution of training and education programs that enhance international relations and agreements. The Director of Mission Support uses historical data, best practice examples, and other data to assist AFSAT divisions to develop country specific training and solutions.  The directorate provides standardization and quality assurance for AFSAT training programs. 

Under the Director are two divisions:  Operations Division (MSO) and Requirements (MSR) divisions.


The MSO Branch manages the Scheduling, Foreign Disclosure, Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) International Military Student Officer, Training Team, Military Articles and Services Listing (MASL), International Foreign Clearance, and Information Technology sections. Scheduling arranges individual international students training courses and timelines. The Foreign Disclosure section serves as Air Force’s release disclosure authority for all USAF international programmed training.  The LOA office serves as Air Force OPR for the management of government-to-government agreement that identifies the defense articles and services the USG proposes to sell to a country to meet the training requirements.

The USAF Chief International Military Student Office (IMSO) provide administrative support to international military students and their dependents attending training in the U.S. The Teams office coordinates the deployments of USAF military and civilian personnel to support International Military Training Team (MTT), Mobile Education Teams (METs), Extended Training Service Specialists (ETSS), and Language Training Detachments (LTD).  The MASL manager maintains the MASL catalog used to identify materiel and services available for transferred to foreign governments and international organizations.

International Foreign Clearance Manager organizes and coordinates global clearances management and confirmation of pre-positioning/departure requirements, deployment/TDY country requirements, diplomatic/military clearances, disclosure of classified and controlled unclassified information, weapons, components, technologies, publications to foreign representatives, provide teams and personnel with force protection measures and exigency response measures.  Information Technology office is responsible for planning and coordinating the installation, testing, modifying, upgrading, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of hardware and software systems for all of AFSAT.


Provides standardization and quality assurance for AFSAT. Aligned via Major Defense Systems (MDS) (i.e. Tactical, Mobility, RPA, Intell).  Develops training solutions “blue suit” or contract for each MDS.  Authors and maintains standardized training solutions.  Manages major indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and provides QAP standardization. Maintains historical data, best practice examples, and other data to guide-training manager’s development of new requirements. Documents Operating Instructions (OIs) of key squadron processes ensuring accomplishment of mission requirement. Focal Point for Partner Airworthiness requirements and Government Flight Representative with the responsibility of developing and implementing training programs and aviation safety for international customers.



The Director for Regional Training is the focal point for all operations and training related activities within the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron.

Under the Director are six divisions:  RTA (AFRICOM, NORTHCOM, and SOUTHCOM), RTC (CENTCOM), RTE (EUCOM), RTG (CENTCOM-Gulf States), RTP (PACOM), and RTS (SAUDICOM).

The Director for Regional Training professionally manages all training efforts using a blended mix of highly experienced military, civil service, and contractor personnel arranged into dedicated country-specific teams.  These teams are comprised of an experienced Country Manager and Training Program Manager, supplemented as necessary with various program specific Training Specialists, who carefully oversee case development, resourcing, and execution efforts throughout the entire life cycle of assigned training programs.  This staffing concept allows the teams to focus on the full range of Security Assistance training needs of each individual country to provide a unique level of management, stability, continuity for each partner nation.

(Last updated April 2019)