Air Education and Training Command News

  • Guidance to the Skies, Laughlin ATC receives AETC award

     A key piece to airpower are the pilots trained here every day, however, without the Airmen on the ground, these pilots would never reach the sky -- this is where Laughlin Air Force Base’s Air Traffic Control tower steps into the picture.

  • Guiding the air mission from the ground

    The safety and flight path of aircraft operating on Keesler depend on the Airmen inside the Air Traffic Control Tower. The 81st Training Wing’s Operations Support Flight monitors and directs the aircraft on the flightline and local airspace, ensuring the fluidity of the air traffic.Working the tower

  • I’ll have what she’s having

    One of the challenges Airmen can expect to face when entering the World’s greatest Air Force is the tremendous possibility of being separated from your family. At times, the separation takes place across state lines or country borders. The same cannot be said for two sisters from a military family

  • Controlling the air space through COVID-19

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force has continued to protect our air space and carry out the mission while facing challenges. To mitigate and prepare for the potential loss of manning of the air traffic controllers in Air Education and Training Command, an ATC rapid response team has

  • Controller commemorated with 40 years of ATC

    Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Walter Boltwood, assistant Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) controller, celebrated 40 accumulated years of air traffic control with friends and family at the ATC tower on January 7, 2021, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.

  • The eyes of the sky: RAPCON key to training mobility Airmen

    When thinking of airspace, one might assume that the chances of two aircraft colliding while in the air is pretty low. In reality, there are tens of thousands of planes in the air at any given point. Additionally, variables such as bad weather and low visibility make flying a feat that can’t be

  • 77-year-old ATC instructor returns to guide new Airmen

    Jim Bailey, 334th Training Squadron air traffic control instructor, served in the Air Force from 1961-1966, where he discovered his passion for air traffic control. If he was asked if he was going to be an instructor in the Air Force at 77 years old, he would’ve told them “no way.”

  • Columbus AFB Airmen and Memphis Center connect

    Instructor pilots from the 37th, 41st, 48th and 50th Flying Training Squadron's joined Columbus Air Force Base’s Air Traffic Controllers on a trip to the Memphis Center in order to connect, share knowledge, ask questions and reinforce the connection between the two entities.

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