Col. Lansing Pilch

CMSgt Yasmeen Wilson


Fire from the clouds

About the Nomads


The 33rd Fighter Wing “Nomads,” a graduate flying and maintenance training wing for the F-35 Lightning II, is organized under 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command.  It is a tenant unit on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, an Air Force Materiel Command base.  The wing also has two geographically separated organizations at Tyndall AFB and Hurlburt Field, Florida.


The mission of the 33rd Fighter Wing is to train and graduate outstanding professionals.


The vision of the 33rd FW is to build the world's best communities: F-35, Air Battle Management and Intel.

Personnel and Resources

The 33rd FW mission is accomplished by 944 assigned U.S. military, government civilian, and contract personnel.

Annual student training yields on average 15 F-35 pilots, 150 F-35 A/B/C maintainers, 180 intelligence personnel in support of Air Force Special Operations Forces, 12 intelligence personnel in support of F-35 operations and 82 air battle managers in support of Air Force operations.

The first F-35A aircraft in support of U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine pilot training arrived on July 14, 2011.

The wing is authorized 59 F-35A, B and Cs models.