AF Reserve News

Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of National Guard Bureau, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. Miller met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks to the audience at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown (D-4th) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C., April13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command, prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
Component chiefs for the Guard and Reserve prepare to be seated prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

T-X to replace T-38 at pilot training bases

Joint Base San Antonio graphic.

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced Feb. 21, 2018, that the Advanced Pilot Trainer (T-X) will replace T-38C Talon aircraft at existing undergraduate pilot training bases, with Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, named as the preferred location for the first T-X aircraft scheduled to arrive in 2022.

The other locations include Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; Laughlin AFB, Texas; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Vance AFB, Oklahoma.

Current pilot training installations rely on a unique runway structure and special-use airspace capable of supporting high volume pilot training which makes them ideal for the new aircraft.

"As we bring the T-X training aircraft into service, we'll base them at our current undergraduate pilot training bases which have the airspace and runways needed for the mission," said Secretary of the Air Force Heather A. Wilson.

The new trainer will provide student pilots with the skills and competencies required to transition into 4th and 5thgeneration fighter aircraft.

"We need the T-X program to properly train our pilots to fly our growing fleet of 5th generation aircraft," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein. "This new training capability will enable pilots to receive realistic training in a system similar to our fielded fighters."

Basing the T-X at JB San Antonio-Randolph first, home to Air Force instructor pilot training, is an essential step to establishing a T-X instructor pilot pipeline and sets the conditions to transition to T-X training at the other flying training locations.

The Air Force will now begin the required environmental analyses at all of the existing undergraduate pilot locations. Final basing decisions are dependent on the outcome of the environmental analyses.

The Air Force expects to award a contract for the new aircraft in 2018, with the first aircraft expected to arrive at JB San Antonio-Randolph as early as 2022.