505th Combat Training Group

The 505th Combat Training Group’s mission is to expertly and professionally conduct operational assessments/experimentation, develop advanced tactics, and train warfighters for multi-domain integration.  They accomplish their mission by being the Combat Air Forces’ recognized experts on integrating, experimenting, and evaluation command and control, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance weapons systems and sensors for combat employment within the joint all-domain construct. 


­­­Ensure joint all domain command and control (JADC2) readiness through quick assessments, experimentation, test, training, and evaluation

Constantly review experimentation, test, & evaluation processes to guarantee system relevance


The 505th Combat Training Group (CTG) is headquartered at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB), Nevada and assigned to the 505th Command and Control Wing (CCW) at Hurlburt Field, Florida.  The wing reports to the United States Air Force Warfare Center (USAFWC) at Nellis AFB, Nevada, a direct reporting unit to the Air Combat Command (ACC).  The 505 CTG oversees operations of the 805th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada, the  505th Communications Squadron and the 505th Combat Training  Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida, and the 705th Combat Training Squadron, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

The 805th Combat Training Squadron (CTS), also known as Shadow Operations Center – Nellis (ShOC-N) is ACC’s focal point for experimentation, rapid development, and test support to JADC2 technical solutions and tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) for the Multi-Domain Operations Center (MDOC) of the future.  The 805 CTS provides relevant C2 experience with agile development operations (DevOps) and operationally relevant assessments (ORA) to assist in transforming ShOC-N into MDOC-N.  The 805 CTS’s mission focuses on evolving JADC2 concepts, applications, and architectures through capability development, training, and support to functional and operational assessment.

The 505th Communications Squadron (CS) is the premier provider of secure, state-of-the-art C2 systems that provide an operationally realistic environment, serving the evolving needs of the C2 warfighter.  The 505 CS's role is to support the 505 CCW mission to improve warfighter readiness and capabilities through testing, tactics development, and training.

The 505th Combat Training Squadron (CTS) is home to the BLUE FLAG exercise program, USAF professional control force (PCF), and is the premier provider of operational-level training environment and scenario generation for command and control training.  The squadron provides synthetic battle spaces utilizing models and simulation (M&S) tools to train Component–Numbered Air Force (C-NAF) commanders, Air Force Forces (AFFOR) staff, and air operation centers (AOC).  It replicates USAF operational and tactical level capabilities to other component, joint, Combatant Command (CCMD), and coalition training audiences to facilitate USAF equities in realistic operational-level combat scenarios and training.  Additionally, it provides a venue for combined tests and experimentation of M&S developments.

The 705th Combat Training Squadron’s (CTS) Distributed Mission Operations Center (DMOC) develops, integrates, and delivers a robust multi-domain environment for TTP development, test, and experimentation supporting USAF, joint, and coalition warfighter readiness.


The 505 CTG has a diverse group of Airmen, civilian, and contractor professionals.  Their expertise encompass a broad set of skills bridging the span of multi-domain operations in air, sea, land, space, and cyber environments.


Established as the 505th Operations Group on 7 January 2004 and activated on 12 March 2004 at Nellis AFB, Nevada, under the 505th Command and Control Wing.  The group was redesignated as the 505th Test and Evaluation Group on 31 March 2011 and then redesignated as the 505th Combat Training Group on 1 August 2019.


For more information about the 505th Combat Training Group mission, contact the 505 CCW Public Affairs Office at 505CCW.PA.PublicAffairs@us.af.mil or call (850) 884-9476. 

(Current as of March 2021)