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Mission 

Columbus Air Force Base is home of the 14th Flying Training Wing of Air Education and Training Command's 19th Air Force. The 14th FTW mission statement is "Produce Pilots, Advance Airmen, Feed the Fight." The wing's mission is specialized undergraduate pilot training in the T-6 Texan II, T-38C Talon and T-1A Jayhawk aircraft. Each day the wing flies an average of 260 sorties on its three parallel runways. In addition to the flying training mission, Columbus AFB maintains more than 900 highly trained individuals capable of deploying at a moment's notice to support worldwide taskings and contingencies.

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training

In the primary phase of training, students fly the T-6. The emphasis throughout this phase is on basic aircraft control, including takeoff and landing techniques and aerobatics. Students also learn to use aircraft instruments to fly and navigate in all types of weather to several different locations.

Following the T-6 phase of training, student pilots enter specialized track specific training-depending on the type aircraft they've been selected to fly - T-38 for those bound for fighter and bomber aircraft or the T-1A for tanker and airlift pilots. Student pilots selected to fly helicopters conduct training at Fort Rucker, Ala., with the U.S. Army.

To earn Air Force wings, each student flies nearly 200 hours during a 54-week period. Paralleling flying training, students complete 400 hours of flight-related classroom instruction. Students entering training at Columbus average 475 officers a year. 

History 

Columbus Air Force Base began as an advanced twin-engine flying school during the rearming of America before World War II. Efforts by local civic leaders in the 1930s to secure an airport shifted to obtaining a military flying field as U.S. forces geared up for war. On June 26, 1941, the War Department announced Columbus' selection as the site for an Army Air Corps pilot training school. Construction got under way in 1941. Pilot training began in 1942.

With an unparalleled safety record, this is where both instrument training and flying standardization boards got their start, earning the Columbus Army Flying School national recognition in Time magazine and the New York Times. More than 8,000 students came to Columbus for pilot training during World War II to become flying officers in the Army Air Corps. AT-6s, AT-8s, AT-9s, AT-10s, A-29s and TB-25s were used at Columbus during this time. By war's end the air base, then known as Columbus Army Air Field, had become one of the largest in the Southeast, with four runways and seven auxiliary fields.

The base was closed in 1945 and remained inactive until the nation again faced the prospect of war, this time to defend South Korea.

Columbus Air Force Base reopened in 1951 as a contract flying school. Air Training Command's 3301st Pilot Training Squadron oversaw the contract flight instruction of about 3,000 pilots in PA-18 Piper Cubs and T-6s. With the Korean War at an end and pilot production needs dropping, the decision was made to close the contract flying school at Columbus.

Columbus became part of the Strategic Air Command in April 1955. After a rebuilding program, the base became home to a B-52 bomber squadron and a KC-135 tanker squadron in 1958. Beginning in 1965, Columbus' 454th Bombardment Wing deployed to the western Pacific, completing more than 100 missions to South Vietnam without losing a single bomber to enemy aircraft fire.

After 14 years as a Strategic Air Command base, Columbus rejoined Air Training Command on July 1, 1969, and resumed its original mission of training pilots. 

Demographics
Population: 2,492
Military: 1,447; Civil Service: 554; Contractors: 522, Other: 143
Average number of students trained annually: 475
Economic impact in FY 15: $249.6 million
Payroll: $134.2 million; Expenditures: $82.9 million; Estimated number of jobs created: 887; Estimated dollar value of jobs created: $32.6 million. Aircraft: 234

 

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The Team BLAZE Diversity Day will be held tomorrow, Thursdday July 19th in the Walker Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. All base members invite to attend.
On July 17, 1969, 49 years ago today, Undergraduate Pilot Training class 71-01 began pilot training at Columbus AFB marking the beginning of the modern pilot training era here. Known as the "First of the Finest," after 53 weeks of training, 54 pilots graduated on July 18, 1970. In 1970, Columbus was 1 of 11 Air Force pilot training bases.
Yesterday airmen and community members gathered at the Columbus Club to attend Col. Anthony Sansano's, Columbus AFB 14 MSG Commander, Farewell breakfast. It was filled with many baseball gifts, inside jokes, and touching words. Columbus AFB is sad to say goodbye to Col. Sansano but grateful for the incredible impact he and his family has had on #TeamBLAZE. To say the Sansano's will be missed is an understatement. We appreciate your and Amanda's service, Sir! #MSG #Servantleader #homerun #Yankees
Take a minute to listen to our Air Education and Training Command Commander, Lt. Gen. Kwast, and how important it is for leaders to communicate with a purpose. #AETC #Communication #TheFirstCommand #Airpower
Yesterday 14th Flying Training Wing Commander, Col. Doug Gosney handed the 14th Operations Group guidon to their new commander, Col. Derek Stuart. #TeamBLAZE is happy to have you, Sir!
Col. Stan Lawrie, 14th Operations Group Commander, flew his last sortie with the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi last friday. He is soon off to his next assignment, but not before he got thrown in the traditional dunk tank! Thanks for leaving the 14th Operations Group better than you found it, Sir. You and Karen will be missed!
Today is Backyard Bible Sortie! Come out to Magnolia Housing for fellowship and ice cream, presented by Columbus Air Force Base Chapel!
Patriot Fest is happening rain or shine! Come out and join us!
Announcement: Webb St. will be closed today due to Patriot Fest.
For the Patriot Fest volunteers scheduled to show today at 1245 for production set up ... your time has been pushed back to 1800. Please arrive at lawn across from club at 1800 to sign in and help set up! Please spread the word. Thank you, we couldn't get this done without you!
Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, Superintendent at the US Air Force Academy (Official), spoke at SUPT Class 18-11 graduation. Check out the article below to see what he had to say to our Air Force’s newest and best trained pilots! http://www.columbus.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1566559/af-academy-superintendent-challenges-supt-18-11-during-graduation/
Happy Fourth of July! Take a moment to be grateful for the brave men who signed our Declaration of Indepedence in 1776 and for the men and women who continue to protect that independence today.
Hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July! Here is some info on Commissary and BX hours today... AAFES Main Store: open 1000-1700 AAFES Express: open 0900-1600 Commissary: Closed
Who else is excited that Patriot Fest is THIS FRIDAY?! Here are some general Do's and Dont's for the show! (*Note: Patriot Fest is for DOD ID cardholders and their guests only)
14th Mission Support Group Commander, Col. Anthony Sansano, passes the guidon of the 14th Logistics Readiness Squadron to their new commander, Maj. Dennis Widner. The 14th LRS is responsible for meeting the logistics needs through the effecient supply of materiel and fuels; expert management and maintenance of vehicles; and the management of the mobilization process to support the wing's commitment to producing pilots, advancing Airmen, and feeding the fight. Welcome to the #TeamBlaze family, Maj. Widner!
Happy Marriage Monday! Grab your spouse and head over to A&FRC at 1800 where Columbus Air Force Base Chapel will be providing a free dinner and talks on parenting as a married couple.
Congratulations to Class 18-11 for earning your coveted Silver Wings! We are proud of you and wish you the best of luck as you advance to your next weapon system. Fights On! -BLAZE 1
Congratulations to Master Sgt. Joshua Matias, our air traffic control tower chief controller, who was announced as one of the United States Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year! Master Sgt. Matias was chosen out of 250,000 airmen. We are tremendously proud of his leadership, dedication and service. Way to go, Master Sgt. Matias! Read article below for full story! #TeamBLAZE #AETC #OAY #AirForce http://www.columbus.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1561813/columbus-airman-named-1-of-12-outstanding-airmen-of-the-year/
14th Medical Group Commander Col. Guy Majkowski passes the guidon of the 14th Medical Support Squadron to their new commander, Lt. Col Sean Marshall. 14th Medical Support Squadron ensures our warrior Airmen are healthy and fit so they can be #missionready and face any challenges that come their way. Welcome to #TeamBlaze family, Lt. Col. Marshall!
FREE @msstate tix to this weekend’s Salute to Veterans football game @ MSU’s Davis Wade Stadium. Tix available for… https://t.co/9B9ifVwHvt
Team Blaze, A member of our team experienced a tragic loss today. As part of our family, I ask each of us to extend… https://t.co/ZrGayzaURB
Be sure to support our Airmen and watch The Warrior Games going on this week in Colorado Springs, CO! https://t.co/7BoOTtoVwn
Air Force T-38 Talon crashed around 8:30 a.m. today near Columbus AFB, MS. Both pilots ejected the aircraft safely.… https://t.co/yNrg68tDL8
Happening now: PACE Briefing "Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital" at Kaye Auditorium from 1200-1700.
CAFB has 30 free tickets to the Comic & Toy Expo Aug. 13. Tickets available at 10am in Public Affairs, Wing HQ, Rm.210. 1st come 1st serve.
Vets Day parade cancelled for safety of participants due to weather. All are welcome to the Vets Ceremony at the Courthouse at 11 a.m.
The Main Gate has been reopened. Thank you for your patience.
Main Gate closed until further notice. All regular traffic please use the South Gate via highway 373.
The MSU vs. La Tech tickets have all been distributed.
CAFB has free tickets for the 17 Oct MSU-La Tech football game. Tickets will be available at 10 am in the Wg HQs lobby, 1st come, 1st serve.
CAFB Network and telephones inoperative UFN. Please stay off network until notified.
Normal reporting for CAFB on Friday, March 6. Contact your supervisor if reporting is not possible. Updates via txt msg, FB, recall & media.
Normal reporting for CAFB on Friday, Feb 27. Members who are unable to report at their expected time should contact their supervisor.
All CAFB Non-Emergency services will be closed Thur 26 Feb. Expect normal reporting Friday. Updates via Wing recall, Text Alerts & facebook
All CAFB Non-Emergency services will be closed Wed 25 Feb. Expect normal reporting Thursday. Updates via Wing recall, Text Alerts & Facebook
CAFB delayed report Tues: Mission essential personnel report per chain of command;14 MSG report at noon; MDG report at 12:30; WSA/OG at 1300
The tornado warning has expired.
Tornado warning in effect for Columbus. Seek shelter if you haven't already. http://t.co/7YStuIKZtW
MSU has donated tickets to CAFB for this Saturday's football game vs. Vanderbilt. The free tickets are available from your group exec.

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