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The 33rd Fighter Wing Campus is home to other collocated units that participate in F-35 training, units include the F-35 Lightning II Academic Training Center, U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), 359th Training Squadron, and Field Training Detachment 19, 372nd Training Squadron.  

F-35 Lightning II Academic Training Center

ATC Classroom

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.

VFA-101 "Grim Reapers"

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.

359th TS

The 359th TS, 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.