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81st Fighter Squadron

Commander : Lt. Col. Gerald S. Ferdinand Jr.
Contact : (229) 257-8100

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"The mission of the 81st Fighter Squadron is to graduate on-time, combat-ready attack pilots and maintainers; and to develop effective, sustainable Combat Air Forces."


"A volunteer squadron providing world-wide Air Combat Applications training; countering competitors by building capacity in partner nations; maximizing resources with a permanent, persistent advisor cadre."


The 81st Fighter Squadron conducts combat training for Afghan Air Force pilots and maintainers in the A-29 Super Tucano. 
The 81st Fighter Squadron executes an annual flying program of approximately 3000 sorties and 4500 hours.  The 81st is a unique organization comprised of Air Advisor Pilots, Air Advisor Maintainers and support personnel who conduct CONUS and OCONUS based training for the Afghan Air Force.  This training includes basic and advanced tactical employment of the A-29 to Afghan pilots, maintenance training and support mission training.  The squadron is the only combat mission ready fighter squadron in AETC.