12th Flying Training Wing

12th Flying Training Wing

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12th Flying Training Wing
12th Flying Training Wing.png
Active1950– present
CountryUnited States
BranchUnited States Air Force
TypeTraining
Part ofAir Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQRandolph Air Force Base
Engagements
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
  • World War II
European Campaign (1942–1944)
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign (1944–1945)
  • Vietnam Service (1965–1971)
DecorationsPresidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA w/ V Device
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg RVGC w/ Palm
Commanders
Current
commander
Colonel Joel L. Carey
Notable
commanders
Lloyd W. Newton

The wing's predecessor unit, the 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, fought in combat during the Vietnam War and was the host unit at two major air bases in South Vietnam. Its F-4 Phantom II aircraft flew thousands of combat missions between 1965 and 1971 before being withdrawn from combat as part of the United States drawdown of forces in Southeast Asia.The 12th Flying Training Wing (12 FTW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command (AETC) as part of AETC's Nineteenth Air Force. It is headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas and serves as "host wing" for the installation. The wing is also the parent organization for the 479th Flying Training Group (479 FTG), a geographically separated unit (GSU) located at NAS Pensacola, Florida. The wing is also the parent organization for the 306th Flying Training Group (306 FTG), a geographically separated unit (GSU) located at TheUnited States Air Force Academy, Colorado. The 12 FTW is the only unit in the Air Force conducting both pilot instructor training and combat systems officer training.

Its World War II predecessor unit, the 12th Bombardment Group, as part of Twelfth Air Force, supported the Allied drive from Egypt to Tunisia during the North Africa Campaign, then reassigned to Tenth Air Force in India and flew most of its missions in Burma between April 1944 and May 1945, supporting the British Fourteenth Army.

The commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing is Col Joel L. Carey. The Command Chief Master Sergeant is CCM Troy G. Palmer.

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