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An F-35A Lightning II awaits permission to taxi May 30, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 33 FW conducted F-35A night flying operations May 29-31, 2018, satisfying a training requirement for student pilots who will routinely fly day and night operations upon entering the combat Air Force. During this iteration of the pilot training syllabus, the night flying portion was stretched later into evening hours than in the past, allowing for more qualifications to be checked off across fewer days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Smallwood)

An F-35A Lightning II awaits permission to taxi May 30, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 33 FW conducted F-35A night flying operations May 29-31, 2018, satisfying a training requirement for student pilots who will routinely fly day and night operations upon entering the combat Air Force. During this iteration of the pilot training syllabus, the night flying portion was stretched later into evening hours than in the past, allowing for more qualifications to be checked off across fewer days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Smallwood)

Air battle manager students assigned to the 337th Air Control Squadron accomplish a task April 18, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. These students are taught to think outside the box and foster creativity to execute assignments in better, more precise ways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Smallwood)

Air battle manager students assigned to the 337th Air Control Squadron accomplish a task April 18, 2018, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. These students are taught to think outside the box and foster creativity to execute assignments in better, more precise ways. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emily Smallwood)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lizandra Montero, 337th Air Control Squadron pilot simulator, controls threat scenarios projected to a training audience of U.S. military and allied armed forces members during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2013 in the Regional Air Operations Center in Doha, Qatar, April 24. When the 33rd Fighter Wing acquired it's current training mission under Air Education and Training Command it absorbed the 337 ACS, the Air Force's only Air Battle Manager school house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenny Holston/Released)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Lizandra Montero, 337th Air Control Squadron pilot simulator, controls threat scenarios projected to a training audience of U.S. military and allied armed forces members during Exercise Eagle Resolve 2013 in the Regional Air Operations Center in Doha, Qatar, April 24. When the 33rd Fighter Wing acquired it's current training mission under Air Education and Training Command it absorbed the 337 ACS, the Air Force's only Air Battle Manager school house. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenny Holston/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Peek, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, reviews a checklist on his portable maintenance aid Nov. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  The 33 FW supported Checkered Flag 18-1, a large scale air-to-air only exercise that emphasizes the execution and production of tactics between fourth and fifth generation aircraft. In the past, the 33rd Fighter Wing deployed F-35As Lightning II to Tyndall afb to support the exercise. This year, supporting from home lessoned the strain on maintenance operations while allowing the wing's training mission to continue simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jon Peek, 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, reviews a checklist on his portable maintenance aid Nov. 14, 2017, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The 33 FW supported Checkered Flag 18-1, a large scale air-to-air only exercise that emphasizes the execution and production of tactics between fourth and fifth generation aircraft. In the past, the 33rd Fighter Wing deployed F-35As Lightning II to Tyndall afb to support the exercise. This year, supporting from home lessoned the strain on maintenance operations while allowing the wing's training mission to continue simultaneously. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson/Released)

F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor pilots attend a preflight briefing before an integrated training mission on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 6, 2014. The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing. The purpose of the training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

F-35 Lightning II and F-22 Raptor pilots attend a preflight briefing before an integrated training mission on Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 6, 2014. The U.S. Air Force deployed four F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the first operational integration training mission with the F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing. The purpose of the training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)

An Airman practices on an F-35 Lightning II full mission simulator at the 33rd Fighter Wing’s F-35 Academic Training Center on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013. The pilot and maintainer qualifications are accomplished through simulations to ensure efficient mission readiness. As the first of its kind in the Department of Defense, the wing is responsible for F-35 Lightning II pilot and maintainer training for the DOD and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

An Airman practices on an F-35 Lightning II full mission simulator at the 33rd Fighter Wing’s F-35 Academic Training Center on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 22, 2013. The pilot and maintainer qualifications are accomplished through simulations to ensure efficient mission readiness. As the first of its kind in the Department of Defense, the wing is responsible for F-35 Lightning II pilot and maintainer training for the DOD and, in the future, at least eight coalition partners. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

F-35 Lightning IIs from the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona train for air-to-air refueling operations with the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, June 5, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

F-35 Lightning IIs from the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona train for air-to-air refueling operations with the 161st Air Refueling Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, June 5, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Staci Miller)

33rd Fighter Wing

33rd Fighter Wing

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 has two geographically separated units at Tyndall Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field, Florida. 

 

Mission

We train, develop and graduate the world's finest.

 

Vision

Build and sustain CAF's best communities: F-35, Air Battle Managers and Intelligence

 

Priorities

Professionalism, Commitment and Loyalty

Execute with Excellence

Inclusiveness

Balance

 

Personnel and Resources

The 33rd FW mission is accomplished by over 1,500 assigned U.S. military, government civilian, and contract personnel. Annual student training yields on average 58 F-35 pilots, 150 F-35 A/B/C maintainers, 140 intelligence personnel in support of Air Force Special Operations Forces, 48 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. The F-35A is a conventional takeoff and landing, low-observable, multi-role fighter aircraft equipped with fifth generation sensors that provide it unparalleled situational awareness making this weapons system optimized to sustain air superiority and execute air interdiction and close air support as part of the DoD fleet. The F-35C is a carrier capable low-observable, multi-role fighter aircraft designed to provide unmatched airborne power projection from the sea. The C-model bears structural differences from A and B variants necessitated by carrier operations, such as larger wheels and a bigger tail hook.

 

Organization

The 33rd FW operates five squadrons aligned under the operations and maintenance groups. In addition to these groups, the wing manages the F-35 Academic Training Center which manages the training systems, support centers, classrooms, simulators and ground training devices to support the F-35 pilot, intelligence and maintenance training for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and foreign nations.

 

33rd Operations Group

The 33rd Operations Group is comprised of the 58th Fighter Squadron, the 337th Air Control Squadron, and the 33rd Operations Support Squadron.  The group is also responsible for the F-35 Intelligence Formal Training Unit at Eglin AFB and operates the Air Force Special Operations Forces IFTU at Hurlburt Field.

 

The 58th FS "Mighty Gorillas” instruct pilots on the F-35A. They plan and execute a training curriculum in support of U.S. Air Force training requirements.

 

The 337th ACS "Dog House"  is a GSU stationed at Tyndall AFB, trains air battle managers for the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.  Additionally, its members provide command and control support for Tyndall's F-22 training mission and train international officers for tactical command and control operations.

 

The 33rd OSS "Jokers" provide wing-level operational intelligence training for both the F-35 and Air Force Special Operations Forces, weapons and tactics, aircrew flight equipment, training and scheduling support for the flying squadron.

 

33rd Maintenance Group

The mission of the 33rd Maintenance Group is to deliver safe, reliable and on-time aircraft to support F-35 pilot and maintainer training.  The group oversees all aircraft maintenance, sortie generation, weapons loading operations and logistics integration for the 33rd FW.

 

The group consists of two squadrons, the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and the 33rd Maintenance Squadron.

 

The 33rd AMXS "Gorillas" provide safe and reliable on-equipment maintenance for 58th FS flying operations with crew chiefs, weapons, and specialist support.

 

The 33rd MXS "Wizards" provide both on- and off-equipment maintenance and oversight supporting F-35 flying operations for the assigned Air Force and Navy flying squadrons.  Support is provided by the following flights to ensure continued aircraft availability:  Accessories (Egress, Fuels); Aerospace Ground Equipment; Armament; Fabrication (low observable, non-destructive inspection metals technician), and Maintenance (wheel and tire).

 

The Academic Training Center

The ATC is a government-owned, contractor-operated, 260,000-square-foot facility that provides academic and simulation training for F-35 pilots, intelligence personnel and maintainers.  The ATC also hosts the Training System Support Center, the nerve center for F-35 configuration management and course materials (syllabi, aircraft training devices, etc.) for the U.S. and partner nations.  Students receive interactive and self-paced lectures on modern, hands-on computer-based systems.  They also hone their skills on a myriad of advanced training devices, such as the Full Mission Simulator, a 360-degree F-35 flight trainer, or the Weapons Load Trainer, a full-scale mock-up of the F-35 fuselage which maintenance students use to practice hands-on skills.

 

Associated Units

The F-35 ATC is home to other collocated units that participate in F-35 training.

 

Strike Fighter Squadron 101, known as VFA-101 "Grim Reapers", are authorized to operate 15 assigned F-35C aircraft, to plan and execute a training curriculum in support of Navy aviator training requirements.  VFA-101 is assigned to Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet, Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

 

The 359th Training Squadron, is assigned to the 82nd Training Wing, Sheppard AFB, Texas.  They conduct technical and military training for U.S. Air Force enlisted initial skills for F-35 crew chiefs, avionics, and armament AFSCs at Eglin and non-destructive inspection, aircraft structural maintenance, and low observable AFSCs at NAS Pensacola, Florida.  The squadron also manages a joint-use $16.5M dormitory for Airmen, Marine, and Sailor pipeline students.

 

Field Training Detachment 19, 372nd TS, is also assigned to the 82nd TW and provides transition maintenance training to maintainers who are transitioning from other types of aircraft.

 

The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment Eglin AFB provides technical and maintenance training for U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy personnel slated for F-35B and F-35C units

 

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