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Holloman’s “Fighting 49ers” training mission transfers to the First Command

Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander, and Mj. Gen. Patricj Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, roll the Air Combat Command flag on Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The commanders rolled the ACC flag so the Air Education and Training Command flag could be unfurled. (U.S. Air Force by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander, and Mj. Gen. Patricj Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, roll the Air Combat Command flag on Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The commanders rolled the ACC flag so the Air Education and Training Command flag could be unfurled. (U.S. Air Force by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander, and Mj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, stands at attention as Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 49th Wing command chief, lowers the Air Combat Command flag Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Wing held a ceremony for its transition to Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander, and Mj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, stands at attention as Chief Master Sgt. Sarah Esparza, 49th Wing command chief, lowers the Air Combat Command flag Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The 49th Wing held a ceremony for its transition to Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, (middle) 12th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Sarah Esparza, (left) 49th Wing command chief, unfurl the new 19th Air Force flag during a major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transistioning to Air Education and Training Command from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, (middle) 12th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Sarah Esparza, (left) 49th Wing command chief, unfurl the new 19th Air Force flag during a major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transistioning to Air Education and Training Command from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander and Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, sings the Air Force song during the major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transitioning to Air Education and Training Command from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Maj. Gen. Andrew Croft, (left) 12th Air Force commander and Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, (right) 19th Air Force commander, sings the Air Force song during the major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transitioning to Air Education and Training Command from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Dedicated crew chiefs from the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unveil the Air Education and Training Command patch on the 49th Wing fighter jet F-16 Viper during the major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transitioning to AETC from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Dedicated crew chiefs from the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron unveil the Air Education and Training Command patch on the 49th Wing fighter jet F-16 Viper during the major command reassignment ceremony Sept. 28, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. Transitioning to AETC from Air Combat Command will allow the 49th Wing to more effectively execute their mission of training future F-16 Viper and MQ-9 Reaper pilots and sensor operators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt Amanda N. Junk)

Senior Airman Kawan Dickerson, 49th Aircraft Maintenance squadron maintainer, peels back the cover on the MQ-9 predator tail on Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The cover was removed to show the Air Education and Training Command patch in honor of the 49th Wing transitioning major commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Senior Airman Kawan Dickerson, 49th Aircraft Maintenance squadron maintainer, peels back the cover on the MQ-9 predator tail on Sept. 28, in hangar 301 on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. The cover was removed to show the Air Education and Training Command patch in honor of the 49th Wing transitioning major commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Col. Joseph L. Campo, 49th Wing commander, and his wife Sarah Campo pose in front of the 49th Wing plane. the 49th Wing held a ceremony for its transition to Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

Col. Joseph L. Campo, 49th Wing commander, and his wife Sarah Campo pose in front of the 49th Wing plane. the 49th Wing held a ceremony for its transition to Air Education and Training Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Autumn Vogt)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

 

The 49th Wing officially recognized the transfer of the base’s flying training mission to Air Education and Training Command during a ceremony here Sept. 28.  

The transition, effective Oct. 1, 2018, aligns the wing and all co-located units, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Viper formal training units, under the 19th Air Force, the numbered air force responsible for flying training across the Air Force.

“The 49th has a proud, proud history in our Air Force history and Holloman Air Force Base is such a national treasure,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick Doherty, 19th Air Force commander. For the future training of F-16 pilots, MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators, it just seems natural and appropriate for them to come into AETC.”

The realignment allows MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators to attend initial training and graduate training all within one command. This deliberate process allows AETC the opportunity to provide support to the vital training missions housed here and to the 4,600 Airmen and their families stationed here.

“With the transition over to a focus on training, it just made all the sense in the world to realign this wing and get us in line with the training experts for the United States Air Force which is Air Education and Training Command,” said Col. Joseph L. Campo, 49 Wing commander.

The 19th Air Force, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is composed of more than 36,000 total force personnel and 1,608 aircraft assigned to 17 wings located across the U.S., training more than 32,000 U.S. and allied aircrew annually flying 28 different types of aircraft.

The training encompasses entry-level undergraduate, rotary wing and remotely piloted aircraft pilots, combat systems officers, advanced 4th and 5th generation fighter pilots, air mobility and special operations combat crew training which ultimately provides fully qualified aircrew personnel to the warfighting commands.  For more info about 19th Air Force, click here.

 With headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, AETC’s mission is to recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver 21st Century Airpower, with the vision of inspiring and developing Mach-21 Airmen, with more than 29,000 active-duty members, 6,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel, and 14,000 civilian personnel make up AETC. The command also has more than 9,000 contractors assigned.

AETC flies approximately 1,400 aircraft.  AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, 2nd Air Force (technical training), 19th Air Force (flying training) and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active-duty and seven reserve wings.  For more information about AETC, click here.

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