33rd Fighter Wing Slated for F
Wing Slated for F-35 Training Mission
AFB, Florida – (AFL)
August 8, 2006 -- Air Force officials announced plans to assign the mission of
training new Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and allied F-35 Lightning II Joint
Strike Fighter pilots and maintainers to the 33rd Fighter Wing here.
Final planning for the move is dependent on the results of the ongoing
environmental impact analysis process that is required by the National
Environmental Policy Act and designed to identify and assess potential
environmental impacts of the proposed action.
The first of the F-35s, a family of next generation, stealthy, multi-role
fighter aircraft, should begin arriving by 2010. The wing will include Sailors,
Marines, Airmen and allied military personnel and all three versions of the new
fighter - conventional take off and landing, short take off and vertical
landing, and carrier variants. The Lightning II's advanced airframe, avionics,
propulsion systems, stealth and firepower will make it an affordable, lethal,
supportable and survivable aircraft for warfighters around the globe.
The 33rd Fighter Wing's F-15 Eagles will be redistributed throughout
the Air Force to active duty and Air National Guard units, replacing older F-15s
in the inventory. The final F-15 is slated for reassignment in the summer
of FY10. The wing also will transfer from Air Combat Command to Air Education
and Training Command when it assumes the F-35 training mission.
In the next few years, AETC will stand up a new wing structure for the F-35
training mission with approximately 2,200 people. It is unknown at this time how
many people will transfer from one mission to another.
Fighter Wing, whose mission is to "maintain the world's best rapidly deployable
air control and air superiority forces for theater combatant commanders," is a
combat-flying unit assigned under ACC's 9th Air Force and is a major tenant unit
here. The wing operates two flying squadrons, the 58th and 60th, along with the
33rd Operations Support Squadron, the 33rd Maintenance Operations
Squadron, the 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, the 33rd
Maintenance Squadron, and the 728th Air Control Squadron.
additional information on the new training mission, contact AETC Public
Affairs at (210) 652-4400. For other questions regarding ACC or the
33rd Fighter Wing contact ACC Public Affairs at (757) 764-5007.