Sheppards Air Force

Air Education and Training Command - "Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America."

Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the second oldest major command in the Air Force and its' training mission makes it the first command to touch the lives of nearly every Air Force member. AETC was formed in 1942 as the Army Air Corps Flying Training Command with headquarters in Washington, D.C. During World War II the command provided technical and flying training at more than 600 installations, factories and institutions of higher learning. Over the years, more than 25 million students have graduated from AETC training and education programs.

AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, a numbered air force and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active duty and seven Reserve wings.

AETC's mission is to "Recruit, train and educate Airmen to deliver airpower for America."

AETC's vision is "Forging innovative Airmen to power the world's greatest Air Force."

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:

Air and Space Superiority : With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.

Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.

Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.

Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.

Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do .

The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon , Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands .

The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.

Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces , the United States Air Force is the best in the world.


Fun Activities for Visitors
Wichita Falls has many activities for visitors that are fun and exciting. Links are provided below for some of the activities that are available to visitors. Here you will find information on the following:

  • Castaway Cove
  • MPEC
  • Museums, Galleries and Historic Sites
  • Tribute Horses
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau: events, restaurants, shopping, nightlife, fairs, festivals.
  • Library
  • Parks and Recreation

Flying Fun at the Wichita Falls RC Airpark
The City of Wichita Falls, with the enthusiastic assistance of the Wichita Falls Radio Control Club, operates this newly renovated facility for the enjoyment of RC flyers and RC fans who enjoy the colorful excitement of aircraft soaring the skies.

Parks and Recreation offers many special events fun for the whole family. You will find information on these events by following the links below. Special Events are seasonal, so keep checking for new activities.

  • Summer Youth Programs 2016 - Splash Day, Lucy Park Swimming Pool, Swim Lessons, Day Camp & Track.
  • Summer Camps - Session 1 Begins June 6th
    • Register at: Room 209, 2nd floor of the Wichita Falls Public Library - 600 11th St.
    • Ages: Lotsafun 6-12yrs - Summer Fun 6-12yrs - Creative Minds 6-9yrs
    • Cost (per session): Lotsafun $90 - Summer Fun $80 - Creative Minds $70
    • Register in advance: Room 209, 2nd floor of the Wichita Falls Public Library - 600 11th St.
    • Registration Begins: Monday, May 2nd. - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    • Packets: Available for pick-up April 14th. 2016 Camp Information Packet
    • Print & Return: 2016 Camp Registration Forms
    • A Copy Of Your Child's Birth Certificate Is Required. No Exceptions.
  • Summer Outdoor Concert Series - May 10th, 24th & June 7th, 21st - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
    • May 10th - Vinyl Stripes (Location: The MPEC)
      • Free Ice cream sundaes provided by the 50 Plus Zone
    • May 24th - Timeless (Location: The MPEC) Relocated from Weeks Park, due to weather.
      • Snowcones available for purchase by Kona Ice
    • June 7th - Hellen Bach (Location: Softball Complex)
      • Concession stand available
    • June 21st - Jay Hollis Band (Location: Kiwanis Park)
      • Snowcones available for purchase by Kona Ic
Sports Activities
The Parks and Recreation Department offers some excellent choices for sport activities in the City. Softball reins supreme with over 5000 participants on 258 teams playing in the City League and various tournaments. But, there are plenty of other exciting activities including tennis, golf, basketball, disc golf, skateboarding, bicycling, running, rollerblading, dance, aerobics and more.

For more details on upcoming events and activities, pick up the Parks & Recreation: 2016 Summer Activity Brochure !


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