306th realigns under 12th Flying Training Wing
By Bekah Clark, Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
/ Published June 04, 2012
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The 306th Flying Training Group was realigned under the 12th Flying Training Wing in a ceremony at the Air Force Academy Airfield June 5.
The 12th FTW took formal control of the group June 1 by order of Gen. Edward Rice, commander of Air Education and Training Command, due to the scheduled inactivation of 19th Air Force.
"It's fitting that the 306th Flying Training Group, which hosts U.S. Air Force Academy airmanship programs and screening for rated flying positions, joins our family," said 12th FTW Commander Col. Richard Murphy.
The 12th FTW's mission has expanded over the last two and a half years, adding the combat systems officer and basic RPA pilot and sensor operator training missions to its portfolio.
"The 12th Flying Training Wing, with operations in Texas, Florida, and now Colorado, is separated by more than 1,600 miles. Yet we are one team with one mission: to deliver unrivaled airpower leaders for the future of our United States Air Force."
The realignment will not change the 306th FTG's mission: The group's Airmen will continue to ensure powered flight, soaring and parachuting courses contribute measurably to cadets' leadership and character development.
"We look forward to building upon great relationship between the 306th and the Academy," Murphy said. "We promise to deliver the same unmatched airmanship training, character development and nationally ranked cadet competition teams you've come to expect."
Additionally, the group oversees Introductory Flight Screening, contracted to Doss Aviation in Pueblo, Colo., and ensures the program identifies those officers with the aptitude to succeed in Air Force undergraduate aviation training.