(Current as of June 2012) The 57th Wing is the most diverse wing in the United States Air Force. It provides advanced aerospace training to world-wide 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 U.S. Air Force 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 U. S. Air Force Warfare Center’s test and evaluation activities and showcases U.S. air power through the U. S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds.”
The wing is comprised of seven distinct organizations: the 57th Adversary Tactics Group, 57th Maintenance Group, 57th Operations Group, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, and 561st Joint Tactics Squadron.
Several of the more well-known squadrons, not including the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, who are often seen over the skies of Southern Nevada, or supporting operations are:
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.
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, world-wide multi-spectrum combat operations during Green Flag-West exercises at the US 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 theUS Army Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La.
57th Adversary Tactics Group provides a coordinated Red Force to train US 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.
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 theDepartment of Defense.
57th Maintenance Group The Air Force’s most complex maintenance group provides on- and off-equipment maintenance for over 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.
United States Air Force Weapons School: Comprised of 18 squadrons, the USAF 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. 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 top 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.
United States Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School : The mission of the U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School 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.