14th Flying Training Wing: Wikis


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14th Flying Training Wing
14th Flying Training Wing.jpg
Active 1947-1966; 1972-Present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQ Columbus Air Force Base
Nickname Blaze
Motto Day and Night - Peace and War
Vietnam Service Ribbon.svg
  • Vietnam Service (1966–1971)
Decorations Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg PUC
Air Force Meritorious Unit ribbon.svg MUA
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
GallantryCrossRibbon.jpg RVGC w/ Palm
Colonel Roger Watkins
Robert H. Foglesong
Northrup T-38C formation from the 50th Flying Training Squadron. 66-4327, 68-8162 and 68-8187 identifiable.
See 14th Operations Group for complete lineage and timeline information.

The 14th Flying Training Wing (14 FTW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi.



The 14th Operations Group and its six squadrons are responsible for the 52-week Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) mission. The group also performs quality assurance for contract aircraft maintenance.

The 14th Mission Support Group provides essential services with a 5-squadron/2-division, 750+ person work force and $38 million budget. It operates/maintains facilities and infrastructure for a 6,013-acre (24.33 km2) pilot training base and provides contracting, law enforcement, supply, transportation, fire protection, communications, education, recreation and personnel management for 9,500 people. The group is also responsible for wartime preparedness and contingency operations.


14th Operations Group (14 OG)

14th Mission Support Group (14 MSG)

  • 14th Civil Engineering Squadron (14 CES)
  • 14th Communications Squadron (14 CS)
  • 14th Contracting Squadron (14 CONS)
  • 14th Logistics Readiness Squadron (14 LRS)
  • 14th Security Forces Squadron (14 SFS)
  • 14th Mission Support Squadron (14 MSS)

14th Medical Group (14 MDG)

Additionally, the 14th Comptroller Squadron (14 CPTS) reports directly to the 14 TFW.




  • Established as 14 Fighter Wing on 29 Jul 1947
Organized on 15 Aug 1947
Inactivated on 2 Oct 1949
  • Redesignated 14 Air Commando Wing, and activated, on 28 Feb 1966
Organized on 8 Mar 1966
Redesignated 14 Special Operations Wing on 1 Aug 1968
Inactivated on 30 Sep 1971
  • Redesignated 14 Flying Training Wing on 22 Mar 1972
Activated on 1 Jun 1972





  • 1 Air Commando: 8 Mar 1966-20 Dec 1967
  • 3 Air Commando (later, 3 Special Operations): 1 May 1968-15 Sep 1969
  • 4 Air Commando (later, 4 Special Operations): 8 Mar 1966-15 Dec 1969
  • 5 Air Commando (later, 5 Special Operations): 8 Mar 1966-15 Oct 1969
  • 6 Air Commando: 29 Feb-15 Jul 1968
  • 9 Air Commando (later, 9 Special Operations): 25 Jan 1967-30 Sep 1971
  • 14 Air Commando: 25 Oct 1967-1 May 1968
  • 15 Air Commando (later, 15 Special Operations): 15 Mar 1968-31 Oct 1970
  • 17 Special Operations: 1 Jun 1969-30 Sep 1971
  • 18 Special Operations: 1 Oct 1969-25 Aug 1971
  • 20 Air Commando (later, 20 Special Operations): 8 Mar 1966-1 Sep 1971
  • 37 Flying Training: 1 Jun 1972-15 Dec 1991
  • 42 Flying Training: 25 Jun 1990-15 Dec 1991
  • 43 Flying Training: 25 Jun 1990-15 Dec 1991
  • 49 Flying Training: 25 Jun 1990-15 Dec 1991
  • 50 Flying Training: 1 Jun 1972-15 Dec 1991
  • 71 Special Operations: 20 Dec 1968-10 Jun 1969
  • 90 Special Operations: 31 Oct 1970-1 Sep 1971
  • 602 Air Commando: 8 Mar 1966-8 Apr 1967
  • 604 Air Commando (later, 604 Special Operations): 15 Nov 1967- 1 Mar 1970 (detached)
  • 3588 Flying Training: 1 Oct 1990-18 Oct 1991


Aircraft operated

Operational History

Fairchild AC-119G "Shadow" gunship Serial 53-3178 17th Special Operations Squadron - 1969. Sold to South Vietnamese Air Force in 1971.
Douglas AC-47B-30-DK "Spooky" gunship Serial 44-76625 of the 4th Special Operations Squadron- March 1969

The 14th Fighter Wing was established on 29 Jul 1947. It provided air defense for the northeastern United States, 1947-1949.

The unit was redesignated as the 14th Air Commando Wing and was reactivated at Nha Trang AB Republic of Vietnam on March 8, 1966. On August 1, 1968 it was renamed the 14th Special Operations Wing and was the host unit at the base until September 30, 1971. From October 15, 1969 through September 30, 1971 the 14th SOW also operated and conducted missions from Phan Rang Air Base Republic of Vietnam

Operations included close and direct air support, interdiction, combat airlift, aerial resupply, visual and photographic reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, counterinsurgency operations, psychological warfare (including leaflet dropping and aerial broadcasting), forward air control operations and escort, search and rescue, escort for convoy and defoliation operations, flare drops, civic actions, and humanitarian actions.

The 14th Air Commando Wing distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism, exceptional gallantry and outstanding performance of duty in action against hostile forces in Southeast Asia from March 8, 1966 to March 7, 1967, earning a Presidential Unit Citation. Flying thousands of widely diversified sorties, elements of the Wing caused many enemy casualties and destroyed or damaged more than 8,500 structures, 500 trucks and 60 fuel sites as well as numerous automatic weapon positions, radio stations, bridges and boats.

Flying the venerable C-47 aircraft, one squadron of the Wing helped abort a large number of night hostile operations against friendly forts and hamlets through flare drops and minigun saturation fire. Despite the often heavy and accurate enemy antiaircraft fire, the search and rescue missions of the Wing recovered 91 skilled airmen during this period. In addition, the Wing's psychological warfare missions directly or indirectly influenced the surrender of thousands of enemy soldiers.

The wing also provided maintenance support for a number of tenants. The wing trained Vietnam Air Force (VNAF) personnel in AC-119 operations and maintenance, February–August 1971, and transferred some of its AC-119s to the VNAF, August–September 1971 as part of a phase-down for inactivation.

Air Training/Air Education and Training Command

The 14th replaced, and absorbed resources of, the 3650th Pilot Training Wing in June 1972 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, and assumed an undergraduate pilot training program, plus base operations and maintenance.


PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.


  1. ^ 1968-1971 designation. Combat Talons prior to their MC- designation in 1977 are now referred to as "UWC-130E", for "Unconventional Warfare".


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