Mission and Units
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The United States Air Force Warfare Center exists to ensure deployed forces are well-trained and well-equipped to conduct integrated combat operations. From our testing and tactics development programs to our training schools and venues, we provide our Airmen with proven and tested technology, the most current tactics, superb academic training and a unique opportunity to practice integrated force employment.
The USAFWC vision, mission and priorities are central to supporting Air Combat Command’s mission to fly, fight and win — integrating capabilities across air, space and cyberspace to deliver precise coercive effects in defense of our Nation and its global interests.
Commander’s Vision and Mission
The USAFWC Commander prepares Airmen for the Joint fight —- providing the Joint Force Commander with highly skilled Airmen, effective weapons and effective command and control of air, space and cyberspace.
The mission of the USAFWC is to shape the way our force fights through Advanced Training, Operational Testing and Tactics Development in Air, Space and Cyberspace at the Operational and Tactical Levels of War.
1. Analyze Adversaries: Coordinate an “Aggressor Force” to provide realistic and relevant opposition for training exercises, operational test and evaluation, and tactics development, at the operational and tactical levels.
2. Certify Equipment: Provide weapons systems certified for integrated combat operations to the Air and Space Component Commanders and their MAJCOMs.
3. Define Tactics: Provide single source, joint, integrated, definitive combat employment tactics for all USAF forces.
4. Train Leaders: Train the future operational and tactical leaders of the USAF through advanced educational and tactical courses.
5. Enhance Performance: Provide directed joint integrated warfighting, cross-domain exercise and composite training venues for operational and tactical units from the USAF, sister services and coalition partners.
6. Integration of air, space and cyberspace domains: Integrate air, space and cyberspace capabilities, systems, forces and operations, in and through all domains, to deliver precise effects for the Joint Force Commander across the full range of military operations.
To execute its mission, the USAFWC oversees the operations of four wings and one named activity: the 57th Wing, 99th Air Base Wing, and the Nevada Test and Training Range at Nellis AFB, Nev.; the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla.; and the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The USAFWC is approximately 11,000 personnel (active-duty, guard, reserve and civilians), located in 21 states and 31 different locations. The USAFWC also includes its own Inspector General, Staff Judge Advocate, Protocol Office and Historian.
Staff Judge Advocate
The office of the Staff Judge Advocate is responsible for the delivery of all legal services to the USAFWC Commander. Legal support is also provided to the 99th Air Base Wing, 57th Wing, Nevada Test and Training Range and 53rd Test and Evaluation Group.
One of the SJA’s primary responsibilities is to provide legal advice to commanders regarding military justice implemented under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The office also helps military members, retirees and their family members with personal civil legal problems. In addition to these services, it monitors and analyzes civil law matters including government contracts, ethics issues, military and civilian personnel law, fiscal law issues, claims and environmental law.
The Protocol Office supports all units on Nellis. This office plans, coordinates and orchestrates official visits, receptions, dinners, ceremonies and related protocol activities for military, political and civilian dignitaries visiting Nellis Air Force Base. It provides guidance in selecting restaurants, cultural events and other places of interest for visitors. This office also coordinates and provides tenant units with protocol requirements upon request.
USAF Warfare Center History Office
The USAFWC History Office helps the commander and his staff make informed decisions based on past events. Services include publishing a periodic history for the center, conducting special studies and special projects and answering historical inquiries.
The 57th Wing is the most diverse wing in the United States Air Force. It provides advanced aerospace training to worldwide combat air forces and showcases aerospace power to the world while overseeing the dynamic and challenging flying operations at Nellis. It manages all flying operations at Nellis Air Force Base and conducts advanced aircrew, space, logistics and command and control training through the USAF Weapons School, Red Flag and Green Flag exercises. Important components of the training include adversary tactics replication (provided by the wing’s aggressor squadrons) and graduate level instruction and tactics development (accomplished through each of its schools). The wing additionally supports the USAF Warfare Center’s test and evaluation activities and showcases U.S. air power through the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds.”
The wing comprises seven distinct organizations: the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, 57th Maintenance Group, 57th Operations Group, USAF Weapons School, USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School, USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, and 561st Joint Tactics Squadron.
57th Operations Group
educates, exercises and advocates the integration of airpower into the joint fight and supports the preparation of the combat air forces’ (CAF) maintainers and aircrews. To execute its mission, the 57 OG oversees operations of six squadrons and two detachments from Nellis AFB and four geographically separated locations.
414th Combat Training Squadron
conducts exercise Red Flag, a realistic combat training exercise involving the air forces of the United States and its allies that maximizes the combat readiness and survivability of participants by providing a realistic training environment. It is conducted on the vast Nevada Test and Training Range Complex.
549th Combat Training Squadron
hosts (along with the 12 CTS) Green Flag-West exercises, providing the ultimate peacetime close air support training for Joint and Coalition personnel in the integration and employment of air, space and cyber power in conjunction with ground force operations.
6th Combat Training Squadron
along with its detachment at Fort Sill, Okla., provides Air-Ground Warriors education and training in doctrine, concepts, tactics, techniques and procedures by which air and ground forces plan, request, coordinate and control joint firepower on the battlefield.
57th Operations Support Squadron
manages Nellis’ diverse airfield, airspace and flight scheduling operations to enable units to conduct advanced operational, test and training missions. It is also responsible for scheduling, training, weapons, tactics and planning staff functions.
12th Combat Training Squadron
readies tactical air control parties, weather teams and brigade combat teams to execute decisive worldwide multispectrum combat operations during Green Flag-West exercises at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
548th Combat Training Squadron
along with its detachment at Barksdale AFB, La., executes Green Flag-East exercises, providing operational control, safe employment and realistic close air support training for tactical aircrews and tactical air control parties at the U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.
57th Adversary Tactics Group
provides a coordinated Red Force to train U.S. personnel and coalition partners during exercises and deployments, while overseeing USAF-wide Air, Air Defense, Space and Information Aggressor initiatives and threat academic programs. To accomplish this mission, it directs operations of seven squadrons.
57th Adversary Tactics Support Squadron
consolidates and coordinates shared elements of the Aggressor mission, allowing the presentation of complete enemy target sets to customers. It also provides standardization at the group level for processes and programs common to multiple Aggressor units.
57th Information Aggressor Squadron
executes cyberspace operations by emulating current and emerging threat capabilities and tactics and providing adversary operational and tactical influence operations and network operations integrated with Air, Space and Ground Aggressors to train the warfighter.
64th and 65th Aggressor Squadrons
prepare the CAF’s joint and allied aircrews for tomorrow’s victories through challenging, realistic threat replication, training, test support, academics and feedback. They accomplish this as the USAF’s professional adversaries, flying F-15 (65 AGRS) and F-16 (64 AGRS) aircraft for Red Flag and Maple Flag exercises, USAF Weapons School syllabus support, priority test mission support and road shows that visit various units throughout the CAF. For more information, see the 64th and 65th Aggressor Squadron Fact Sheets.
507th Air Defense Aggressor Squadron
readies the CAF, joint, and allied aircrews with challenging and realistic specialized academics, hands-on training, and subject-matter experts on adversary surface-based threats, composite force employment and electronic combat to defeat potential adversaries.
547th Intelligence Squadron
provides comprehensive adversary tactics analysis, advanced unit intelligence training and intelligence support for ongoing combat operations. It analyzes, refines and disseminates intelligence on adversary tactics and weapons employment for customers throughout the Department of Defense. For more information, see the 547th Intelligence Squadron Fact Sheet.
527th Space Aggressor Squadron
operating from Schriever AFB, Colo., prepares USAF, Joint and Allied Forces for combat through realistic threat replication, training and feedback through specialized and certified spacecapable aggressors. It operates adversary space systems, develops new tactics, techniques and procedures to counter threats and improves the U.S. military space posture.
57th Maintenance Group
provides on- and off-equipment maintenance for more than 140 assigned A-10, F-15, F-16 and F-22A aircraft to support 10 flying programs, and all visiting Red Flag, Green Flag, and operational test and evaluation aircraft. It is the Air Force’s most complex maintenance group.
57th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
accomplishes on-equipment maintenance of assigned aircraft, to include aircraft servicing, before-and-after flight inspections, launch and recovery, munitions loading and any unscheduled maintenance requirements that occur during the course of the flying day. The squadron’s Aircraft Maintenance Units (AMUs) include the Raptor (F-22), Tomahawk (F-16C/D) and Viper (F-16C/D). It will also oversee future operations of the Lightning AMU (F-35).
57th Maintenance Squadron
provides munitions support, equipment calibration and program management while managing weapons standardization, quality assurance, manpower, client support, equipment and facilities for the Nellis maintenance complex.
757th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
accomplishes intermediate-level maintenance on aircraft and support equipment components, maintaining avionics, laser guided weapons systems, pneudraulics, fuel systems, engines, measurement/diagnostic equipment, electro-environmental and egress systems. Squadron AMUs are Eagle (F-15C/D), Strike (F-15E), Thunder (A-10) and Flanker (F-15C/D).
United States Air Force Weapons School
teaches graduate-level instructor courses that provide the world’s most advanced training in weapons and tactics employment to officers of the combat air forces and mobility air forces.
Composed of 18 squadrons, every six months, the school produces approximately 80 graduates who are expert instructors on weapons, weapons systems, and air and space integration. The school also produces the Weapons Review magazine, the CAF’s premier professional tactics publication.
Students are fully qualified instructors, chosen by a central selection board and among the best of their peers. During the course they receive an average of 400 hours of graduate-level academics and participate in demanding combat training missions. The climax of the course is the mission employment phase, a two-week staged battle over the Nevada Test and Training Range. The students demonstrate their ability to manage a battle and effectively integrate multiple weapons systems. Upon graduation, the new weapons officers return to the field to serve as unit weapons and tactics officers, providing advanced instruction and technical advice to their commanders, operations officers and personnel.
The eleven USAFWS squadrons based at Nellis are the 8 WPS (Command and Control Operations), 16 WPS (F-16), 17 WPS (F-15E), 19 WPS (Intelligence), 26 WPS (MQ-1/ MQ-9), 34 WPS (HH-60), 57 WPSS (Operational Support), 66 WPS (A-10), 315 WPS (ICBM), 328 WPS (Space), and 433 WPS (F-15C/F-22). The seven geographically separated units include the 14 WPS at Hurlburt Field, Fla. (AC-130/ MC-130/U-28); 29 WPS at Little Rock AFB, Ark. (C-130); 57 WPS at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (C-17); 77 WPS at Dyess AFB, Texas (B-1); 325 WPS at Whiteman AFB, Mo. (B-2); 340 WPS at Barksdale AFB, La. (B-52); and the 509 WPS at Fairchild AFB, Wash. (KC-135).
United States Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School
mission is to expand combat capability by developing graduate-level expertise in aircraft and munitions maintenance using the USAF Agile Combat Support master process construct. The school’s teaching focus includes all logistics aspects of mobilization, deployment, beddown, sustainment, combat employment, redeployment, reconstitution, and command and control aspects to provide the most capable combat support to an air campaign. Graduates are qualified in all aspects of effects-based logistics through five phases: Readying the Force, Preparing the Battlespace, Positioning the Force, Employing and Sustaining the Force, and Recovering the Force. The Advanced Maintenance Superintendent Course produces a core of highly skilled maintenance personnel knowledgeable in all aspects of mission generation principles to include sortie generation, fleet health and readiness, flying hour program management, munitions operations, combat munitions production, and command and control.
Graduates have become qualified instructors able to effectively share their knowledge with their peers, understand principles of contingency and crisis action planning, and integrate expeditionary combat support to enable effective combat sortie generation. They skillfully manage aircraft fleethealth challenges to ensure combat-ready weapons systems, and also act as advisors to wing leadership on expeditionary logistics execution at the home station or deployed.
561st Joint Training Squadron
hones the warfighter’s capability by providing timely tactical lessons learned and current tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure training results in increased readiness and lethality. It is the focal point for a flexible, responsive and real-time process that collects, vets, disseminates and integrates relevant and timely information and is a central source for current tactical doctrine and tactical resources.
United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron – Thunderbirds “America’s Ambassadors in Blue”
plans and presents precision aerial maneuvers to exhibit the capabilities of modern high-performance aircraft and the lofty degree of professional skill required to operate these aircraft in a precision aerial demonstration. Team members carry out their unique mission as a special salute to their brothers and sisters in arms who are fighting America’s battles in air, space and cyberspace. They have performed for more than 300 million people in all 50 states and many countries around the world.
From mid-March through mid-November each year, the Thunderbirds are on the road, planning and presenting precision aerial demonstrations in one of America’s frontline multi-role fighter aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Objectives of the squadron are to demonstrate to the public the professional competence of Air Force members, to support Air Force community relations and people-to-people programs and to support Air Force recruiting and retention programs. For more information, see the Thunderbirds Fact Sheet or visit their website.
NEVADA TEST AND TRAINING RANGE
The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR), formerly the 98th Range Wing, provides the warfighter a flexible, realistic and multidimensional battle-space to conduct testing, training and tactics development in support of U.S. national interests. The NTTR also provides instrumentation and target maintenance support for Green Flag-West at the National Training Center and Leach Lake Tactics Range (LLTR).
The NTTR supports the Department of Defense advanced composite force training, tactics development and electronic combat testing as well as DOD and Department of Energy testing, research, and development. The NTTR hosts numerous Red Flag and U.S. Air Force Weapons School exercises each year, as well as various test and tactics development missions.
The NTTR coordinates operational and support matters with major commands, other services, DOE and Department of Interior, as well as other federal, state and local government agencies. The NTTR acts as the single point of contact for range customers.
The 98th Range Wing was activated at Nellis AFB, Nev., on Oct. 29, 2001. The history of the 98th Range Wing can be traced to the 98th Bombardment Wing formed on Oct. 24, 1947. Further redesignations followed, including the 98th Strategic Aerospace Wing on Feb. 1, 1964, and later the 98th Strategic Wing on June 25, 1966. The 98th Strategic Wing was inactivated on Dec. 31, 1976. The 98th Range Wing was redesignated the Nevada Test and Training Range on June 21, 2011.
The NTTR is the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world. The range occupies 2.9 million acres of land and 5,000 square miles of airspace that is restricted from civilian air traffic overflight and another 7,000 square miles of Military Operating Area, or MOA, which is shared with civilian aircraft. The 12,000-square-nautical-mile range provides a realistic arena for operational testing and training aircrews to improve combat readiness. A wide variety of live munitions can be employed on targets on the range.
The NTTR organization is composed of eight directorates: Director of Operations, Mission Support, Program Management, Plans and Programs, Financial Management, Safety, Range Support, and Security.
Director of Operations
The mission of the Operations Directorate is to provide day-to-day direction and control of the geographical NTTR. The Director of Operations oversees two divisions, Current Operations and Weapons. The Range Operations Officer is appointed in the DO office. The directorate supports Air Force, Joint and multinational test and training activities by operating the NTTR and supporting LLTR. The directorate prioritizes all activities and schedules range users while providing ground control intercept operations, flight following safety deconfliction, simulated threat command and control operations, and range access control. It assists customers and coordinates support activities including airspace issues with military and federal agencies.
The Mission Support Directorate is responsible for providing range maintenance on the NTTR and base operating support at three geographically separated Operations and Maintenance compounds, including Point Bravo Electronic Combat Range, Tolicha Peak Electronic Combat Range, Tonopah Electronic Combat Range and four remote communication sites. The directorate provides the 99th Ground Combat Training Squadron with small arms range support on NTTR’s southern ranges, as well as at the main training compound at Range 63C, known as Silver Flag Alpha. In support to other units, Mission Support Directorate provides limited Base Operations Support oversight at Creech AFB and Tonopah Test Range Airfield under memorandums of agreement. The directorate also supports the 549th and 12th Combat Training Squadrons (which conduct Green Flag-West) at LLTR.
Financial Management Directorate
The Financial Management Directorate manages and executes the NTTR budget. It is responsible for performing detailed financial analysis to support future-year budget projections, execution plan and Program Objective Memorandum inputs, and determines unfunded requirements. It monitors and collects reimbursements for Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB) activities from customers and Base Operations Support reimbursements from support agreements. The directorate manages range rate development for MRTFB facilities.
The Safety Directorate is responsible for managing the commander’s safety and mishap reporting programs. It prepares unit OPREP reports for safety. The safety department is organized into functional areas under the direction of the Chief of Safety, to include ground safety, weapons safety and range safety.
Program Management Directorate
The Program Management Directorate is tasked to acquire and manage contract support of range operations, maintenance, instrumentation, communications and computer systems services. It directs contract changes and evaluates contractor performance.
Plans and Programs Directorate
The Plans and Programs Directorate focuses on range requirements, long-term strategic planning and environmental management. It advocates for long-term range requirements to higher headquarters. This directorate is responsible for interaction of new systems being developed and implemented into the NTTR. In addition, the directorate oversees environmental management, agreements, land use and range environmental contractors on the NTTR and Leach Lake Training Range, and is the liaison to the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of the Interior and other state and federal agencies.
Range Support Directorate
The mission of the Range Support Directorate is to provide day-to-day communications, electronic combat and instrumentation of the geographical NTTR and LTTR. The directorate oversees three divisions: communications/computer services, operations and maintenance, and engineering. The mission of the directorate is to provide technical support of Air Force, joint and multinational aircrew training missions on the NTTR. The directorate is responsible for technical support including communications, computers, local area network connectivity, software development, project management oversight and range technical support contractors. The directorate supports all electronic combat activities while providing ground control intercept operations, simulated threat command and control operations and the range’s simulated Integrated Air Defense System.
The security directorate is responsible for all facets of security program management. This includes information, personnel, industrial and resource protection security programs. Additionally, the Program Security Office ensures all visitors to the NTTR meet security requirements, and provides security oversight for classified and special access requirements on the NTTR.
99TH AIR BASE WING
The 99th Air Base Wing, activated in October 1995, is the host Wing for Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases located in Southern Nevada. The wing provides installation support for more than 10,000 personnel assigned to Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the Nevada Test and Training Range. Three groups are assigned to the wing: 99th Mission Support Group, 99th Medical Group and the 799th Air Base Group (Creech AFB).
99th Comptroller Squadron
is assigned directly to the Wing and provides ADCON to 11 Wing Staff Agencies including Plans and Programs, Public Partnership, Public Affairs, Safety, Chaplain, Historian, Information Protection, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Equal Opportunity, Resource Advisor, and AFSO21.
99th Mission Support Group
provides civil engineer, communications, contracting, logistics readiness, personnel, and services support for Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, and the Nevada Test and Training Range.
99th Civil Engineer Squadron
provides maintenance, repair, design and construction support for facilities and infrastructure, fire protection and crash rescue, disaster preparedness, environmental compliance, explosive ordnance demolition and oversight for privatized military family housing.
99th Communications Squadron
operates and maintains the base computer networks, wired and wireless telecommunications systems and networks, and airfield and radar systems, as well as provides postal services.
99th Contracting Squadron
executes the base central acquisition and contract performance management program.
99th Logistics Readiness Squadron
provides vehicle management, deployment and distribution, traffic management, fuels management and supply operations, and provides all the logistics in support of deployed units to Nellis AFB, including airfield management and lodging.
99th Force Support Squadron
oversees military and civilian personnel support, education services, enlisted professional education and family support along with lodging, food services, club management, laundry, mortuary affairs, base honor guard, base library and recreational activities.
99th Security Forces Squadron
provides flight-line security, police services and antiterrorism/ force protection for Nellis AFB.
99th Medical Group
provides medical care to DoD beneficiaries and Veterans to ensure maximum wartime readiness and combat capability. Functions include flight medicine, surgical services, inpatient services, outpatient clinics and specialty care, mental health services, dental care, pharmacy, laboratory, pathology, radiology, dietetic and nutritional medicine, medical benefits and information. Medical group squadrons include the 99th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron, 99th Surgical Support Squadron, 99th Medical Support Squadron, 99th Medical Operations Squadron and the 99th Dental Squadron.
799th Air Base Group
provides integrated defense for Creech Air Force Base, which includes physical security, police services, Investigations, electronic systems security, resource protection, and military working dogs. The 99th Ground Combat Skills Training Squadron provides advanced combat skills training for deploying Security Forces members and military working dog teams including advanced weapons, ground combat skills, tactical sensor, antiterrorism/ force protection, remotely operated aircraft, emergency medical and chaplain crisis intervention training.
The 99th Air Base Wing traces its lineage to the 99th Bombardment Group activated on June 1, 1942, without personnel or equipment at Orlando Army Air Base, Fla. It quickly transferred to Gowen Field, Idaho, where it received its initial manning. After several more moves for training, the group, flying the B-17 Flying Fortress, distinguished itself while flying bombing missions beginning in May 1943 from Algeria against targets in Italy, Sardinia and Sicily. In December 1943, the group moved to Italy and conducted missions throughout Europe before inactivating in November 1945.
The 99th was redesignated and activated in the Air Force Reserve at Birmingham, Ala., as the 99th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) in 1947 and inactivated in 1949. In 1953, it was reactivated as the 99th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing based at Fairchild AFB, Wash., with the B/RB-36. Redesignated as the 99th Bombardment Wing, Heavy, in 1955, it moved to Westover AFB, Mass., in 1956 and converted to the B-52, later adding the KC-135. It was inactivated in 1974.
It was reactivated at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., in 1989 as the 99th Strategic Weapons Wing. Several reorganizations and name changes occurred until September 1995, when it was inactivated and moved to Nellis AFB, where it was redesignated and activated as the 99th Air Base Wing on Oct. 1, 1995. In addition to two Presidential Unit Citations and 14 campaign streamers earned by the 99th Bomb Group in WWII, the 99th Air Base Wing has earned six Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, adding to five earned at Westover AFB and Ellsworth AFB.
53D TEST AND EVALUATION GROUP
The 53d Test and Evaluation Group is responsible for the overall execution of the 53d Wing’s flying activities at Barksdale, Beale, Creech, Davis-Monthan, Edwards, Eglin, Dyess, Nellis and Whiteman Air Force Bases.
Members of the group execute operational test and evaluation (OT&E), and tactics development projects assigned by Air Combat Command (ACC) for A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, F-15C/E, F-16, F-22A, Guardian Angel, HH-60G, HC-130J, MQ-1, MQ-9, RQ-4 and U-2 combat aircraft. The 53 TEG also supports current Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center efforts with the F-35A Lightning II. The unit performs functional management for acquisition, modification, testing and certification for fighter, bomber and combat support aircrew training systems. The group also conducts foreign military exploitation and special access projects. Beginning July 15, 2012, the group has OT&E responsibility for space control and space range assets.
The 53 TEG is composed of highly trained aircrew and a diverse range of support personnel to execute ACC-directed operational tests as well as Combatant Commander-directed Urgent Operational Needs. The mission of the TEG is to provide the warfighter with the latest in software, hardware, weapons and tactics techniques and procedures to win America’s wars. Additionally, the TEG carries out the USAF Nuclear Weapons System Evaluation Program. The group plans, executes and analyzes ACC’s $50 million annual air-delivered reliability data for nuclear-capable aircraft and weapons and reports weapon system reliability to USSTRATCOM for inclusion in their annual strategic war plan update.
The results of these tests directly benefit aircrews in Air Combat Command, Air Force Central Command, Pacific Air Forces and United States Air Forces in Europe by providing them with operationally proven hardware and software systems.
422ND TEST AND EVALUATION SqUADRON
The 422nd Test and Evaluation is a composite squadron executing Air Combat Command Headquarters-directed operational test and evaluation and tactic development and evaluation for A/OA-10, F-15C, F-15E, F-16C and F-22 hardware, software and weapons upgrades to maximize combat capabilities prior to Combat Air Force release. Mission areas include combat tactics development, foreign materiel exploitation and field visits to instruct operational aircrews on new systems/tactics.
505TH TEST AND EVALUATION GROUP
The 505th Test and Evaluation Group (505 TEG) is an operational test organization focused on Theater Air Control System and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance weapons systems. It conducts test, training, evaluation and tactics development to advance the integration of air, space and cyber capabilities into the command and control (C2) construct. It also monitors, evaluates and optimizes Air Defense Radar networks and enhances data sharing for command and control, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. The 505 TEG oversees operations of the 505th Test Squadron at Nellis AFB, the 605th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Fla., the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, the 705th Combat Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., and the 133rd Test Squadron at Fort Dodge, Iowa.
THE 505TH TEST SqUADRON
The mission of the 505th Test Squadron is to integrate Air, Space and Cyber capabilities throughout the Theater Air Control System by conducting operational test and evaluation, developing advanced tactics, techniques and procedures supporting data exchange and C2 architectures to ensure all source information is available to the warfighter. In addition, 505 TS supports Combined Air and Space Operations Center training to produce fully trained joint and multinational C2 warfighters at the operational level of war.