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Randolph Air Force Base: Home Of Pilot Instructor Training & Combat Systems

Randolph Air Force Base, also known as the “Showplace of the Air Force”, is located in northeast San Antonio and is home to 4,423 military members and 5,291 dependents. JBSA-Randolph is one of the Air Force’s busiest airports as it is the premier base for pilot instructor training and combat systems officer training.

There are many different organizations located at JBSA-Randolph. Let’s talk about a few of them.

340th Flying Training Group

The 340th Flying Training Group consists of 425 instructor pilots that are assigned to six different squadrons throughout the United States. This group is the largest flying group in the Air Force and they provide support to 5 different pilot training programs and the United States Air Force Academy’s airmanship programs.  Pilots train on many different aircrafts including the T-1A Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II, T-38 Talon, T-41A Mescalero, T-51A, T-53, TG-15/TG-16 Gliders, and UV-18B Twin Otter. 

502nd Security Forces and Logistics Support Group

The 502nd Security Forces and Logistics Group includes 1,500+ personnel that make up four squadrons and four divisions. Serving as the host unit at JBSA-Randolph, they provide knowledge in many areas including civil engineering, security, law enforcement, communications, computers, logistics, and more. This group has an annual budget of $97 million and provides support to more than 60,000 personnel, 145 aircrafts, and 42 agencies. 

12th Flying Training Wing

Also known as the “Source of America’s Airpower”, the 12th Flying Training Wing is responsible for basically all things air. This includes combat systems officer training, pilot instructor training, remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilot indoctrination and basic sensor operator qualification plus management of all airmanship programs for the Air Force Academy. Each year, this wing graduates 850+ instructor pilots, 350 combat systems officers, 190 RPA pilots and 330 sensor operators.

59th Medical Wing

The vision of the 59th Medical Wing is “Exemplary Care, Global Response”. This wing handles health care, medical education, and research and readiness. The 59th Medical Wing is home to the Critical Care Air Transport Team Pilot Unit and also has the Defense Department’s largest Blood Donor Center, Warfighter Refractive Surgery Center, and Extracorporeal Life Support capability. 

If you have any questions about organizations at JBSA-Randolph, please reach out to us at 210-652-1110.