Operating the greatest number of aircraft and helicopters in the USAF (about 1,164 machines), Air Education and Training Command (AETC) was formed on 1 July 1993. It acquired the assets of the former Air Training Command together with the Operational Conversion Units for various major types including the F-15, F-16, C-5, C-130-Hercules, KC-135 and C-141. From its headquarters at Randolph AFB Texas, AETC’s primary mission is to recruit and train all Officers and enlisted personnel to the required standard, enabling them to perform the host of trades required for the Air Force to be effective.
AETC is composed of three major components:
• Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama-Prepares Air Force officers for commissioning and provides ongoing career courses throughout their service.
• 2nd Air Force at Kessler AFB, Missouri is responsible for Technical Training mostly for duties not directly related to aircraft operation.
• 19th Air Force at Randolph AFB, Texas is the Primary operator of the Flying Training Wings for aircrew training and operational conversions