505th Training Squadron

The 505th Training Squadron (TRS) reports to the 505th Test and Training Group headquartered at Hurlburt Field. Florida.  The 505 TRS is designated as the Air Operations Center (AOC) Formal Training Unit (FTU) for the Department of Defense.  The squadron executes 14 initial qualification courses for the AN/USQ-163 weapon system, awarding a basic qualification status to nearly 1,600 graduates over six iterations annually.  The 505 TRS also offers the joint-certified Joint Air Operations Command and Control Course (JAOC2C), which is held four times per year and trains approximately 400 students and the academic instructor course (AIC) held numerous times throughout the year as necessary. The squadron has one geographically separated operating location at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

MISSION

The 505th Training Squadron’s (TRS) mission is to train joint and coalition warfighters on command and control (C2) processes and systems used to employ air, space, and cyber at the operational level of war for geographic AOCs and functional OCs.  The squadron augments key AOC staffs during major Air Force and joint training events, exercises, and experimentation activities.

The 505 TRS accomplishes the Shadow Operations Center-Nellis (ShOC-N) mission by training individuals and organizations on C2 processes and systems during joint, coalition, and service-focused exercises, tests, operational rehearsals, and experiments using live, virtual, and constructive air, space, cyber, and ISR forces.

KEY PROGRAMS

Air Operations Center (AOC) Training:  Fourteen initial qualification training (IQT) courses spanning the five divisions of the AOC and specialty teams.

AOC Technician Training:  Trains personnel to perform combat plans and combat operations technician duties in an AOC.

AOC Administrator Training:  This course trains individuals assigned to network and systems administrator teams in an AOC or OC.

Joint Air Operations C2 Course (JAOC2C):  C2 training for joint and coalition personnel, O-5 and below, requiring familiarization training in the execution of the air tasking cycle and basic weapon system operation; primary customers are service liaisons and AOC/OC specialty team members.

Academic Instructor Course (AIC):  The Academic Instructor Course provides training on U.S. Air Force (USAF) instructional standards for personnel assigned or detailed to the FTU and supports other training units as available.

Tailored AOC Fundamentals Training:  Provide fundamentals training for personnel augmenting AOCs and OCs for limited time frames.  These include exercises and manning assists and units requiring knowledge of fundamental AOC operations to apply concepts to their processes.

PERSONNEL

The 505 TRS has approximately 18 enlisted Airmen, 18 officers, 95 civilians, and four contractors assigned.

HISTORY

The 505th Training Squadron traces its lineage and honors back to 1 March 1977 when the 4441st Tactical Training Group (BLUE FLAG) activated on Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, under the USAF Tactical Air Warfare Center.  The 4441st moved from Eglin to Hurlburt Field on 1 May 1989.  The group was redesignated as the 41st Training Group on 1 November 1991 then redesignated as the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Battlestaff Training School (BTS) on 15 April 1993 and was reassigned under the 505th Command and Control Evaluation Group.  The USAF BTS was further redesignated as the Command and Control Warrior School on 15 November 1999.  The Air Force Command and Control Training and Innovation Group was redesignated as the 505th Command and Control Wing on 12 March 2004 and the Command and Control Warrior School redesignated to its current 505th Training Squadron and assigned to the 505th Training Group under the new wing.  The 505th Training Group was redesignated as the 505th Test and Training Group on 1 August 2019.

OPERATING LOCATION(S)

The 505 TRS added Operating Location Alpha (OL-A), at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 4 May 2011 as the USAF service component to the Joint Interface Control Training Center.

505th COMMAND AND CONTROL WING (CCW) PUBLIC AFFAIRS

For more information about the 505th Training Squadron’s mission, contact the 505 CCW Public Affairs Office at 850-884-9476 or debora.henley@us.af.mil.

(Current as of June 2020)