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17th Training Wing
17th Training Wing.png
17th Training Wing emblem
Active May 8, 1952
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
Role Training
Part of Air Education and Training Command
Garrison/HQ Goodfellow Air Force Base
Motto TOUJOURS AU DANGER - Ever into danger
World War II Victory Medal ribbon.svg
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon.svg European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign ribbon.svg KSMRib.svg
  • World War II
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Doolittle Raid 1942
European Campaign (1942–1945)
  • Korean Service (1952–1952)
Decorations Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg AFOUA
Presidential Unit Citation (Korea).svg ROK PUC

The 17th Training Wing (17 TW) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command Second Air Force. It is stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. The wing is also the host unit at Goodfellow.

The wing is responsible for the training of intelligence personnel in all the branches of the armed forces, as well as firefighters and a few other specialties.

The wing has a long and distinguished history. Its 17th Training Group is a successor of the 17th Pursuit Group, one of the 15 original combat air groups formed by the Army before World War II.

The unit's emblem, approved 2 November 1937, features seven crosses denoting the seven World War I campaign honors of its 95th Bomb Squadron. Active for over 50 years, the wing was a component organization of Strategic Air Command's deterrent force during the Cold War, as a strategic bombardment and later a strategic reconnaissance wing.

The 17th Training Wing is commanded by Colonel Thomas W. Geary. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Frederick Ricker .



The mission of the 17th Training Wing is to train intelligence personnel in all the branches of the armed forces, as well as firefighters and a few other specialties. The wing trains Air Force AFSCs 1N0, 1N1, 1N2, 1N3, 1N4, 1N5, 1N6, 1A8, officer 14N and firefighters from all branches. Many corresponding Army, Navy and Marine Corps intelligence personnel are also trained at Goodfellow AFB, and assigned to the local units.


The 17th Training Wing is composed of the 17th Training Group, 17th Medical Group, 17th Services Division, and 17th Mission Support Group.

There are 17 TRW units at the Defense Language Institute, Corry Station, and Fort Huachuca, AZ which also do intelligence training.

The wing is also responsible for writing the CDCs for the AFSCs which it trains.


See 17th Training Group for additional history and lineage information prior to 1952


  • Established as 17th Bombardment Wing, Light, on May 8, 1952.
Activated on May 10, 1952.
Redesignated 17th Bombardment Wing, Tactical, on October 1, 1955.
Inactivated on June 25, 1958.
  • Redesignated 17th Bombardment Wing, Heavy, and activated, on November 15, 1962.
Organized on February 1, 1963.
Inactivated on September 30, 1976.
  • Redesignated 17 Reconnaissance Wing on January 20, 1982.
Activated on October 1, 1982.
Inactivated on June 30, 1991.
  • Redesignated 17 Training Wing, and activated, on July 1, 1993.


Attached to Nineteenth Air Force, 15 Dec 1956-15 Dec 1957





  • 9 Air Refueling: 30 Sep 1975-30 Sep 1976
  • 34 Bombardment: attached 8 Jun 1957-25 Jun 1958; assigned 1 Feb 1963-30 Sep 1976
  • 37 Bombardment: attached 8 Jun 1957-25 Jun 1958
  • 95 Bombardment (later, 95 Reconnaissance): attached 8 Jun 1957-25 Jun 1958; assigned 1 Oct 1982-30 Jun 1991
  • 903 Air Refueling: 30 Sep 1975-30 Sep 1976
  • 922 Air Refueling: 1 Feb 1963-30 Sep 1975.


  • B-26, 1952–1956
  • B-57, 1955–1956
  • B-66, 1956–1958
  • B-52, 1963–1975, 1975–1976
  • KC-135, 1963–1975, 1975–1976
  • TR-1, 1982–1991.

Operational history

Korean War

Established as the 17th Bombardment Wing, Light on May 8, 1952, activated two days later at Pusan-East Air Base (K-9), South Korea, where it replaced the 452nd Bombardment Wing Light. It was equipped with Douglas A-26 Invaders from World War II. Operational Units were the 34th, 37th and 95th Bombardment Squadrons.

The wing conducted combat operations in Korean War, May 10, 1952 – July 27, 1953, including night intruder light bombardment missions against enemy supply centers, communications and transportation facilities; interdiction of North Korean railroads; armed reconnaissance; and close air support for ground forces.

It moved to Miho Air Base, Japan on October 10, 1954, where it maintained operational proficiency for light bombardment.

Cold War

The wing returned to the United States and was assigned to Eglin AFB, Florida on April 1, 1955 as part of Tactical Air Command. On October 1, 1955, it was redesignated the 17th Bombardment Wing, Tactical. It flew B-57s In 1956 and 1957, and B-66s from 1956 until 1958. Inactivated June 25, 1958.

The 17th was assigned to Strategic Air Command and redesignated as the 17th Bombardment Wing, Heavy and activated on November 15, 1962. It replaced the 4043rd Strategic Wing in February 1963 at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and absorbed it's 42nd Bomb Squadron and 922nd Air Refueling Squadron. It trained to maintain proficiency in strategic bombing and aerial refueling on a global basis. It furnished B-52s KC-135 aircraft and crews to SAC units in Vietnam from 1966 to 1975.

Taken off alert at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, on June 30, 1975 and phased down, transferring aircraft by July 7. Moved without personnel or equipment to Beale AFB, California, on September 30, 1975 and absorbed resources of the 456th Bombardment Wing, including B-52G and KC-135Q aircraft.

Continued global strategic bombardment alert to June 30, 1976 and used tanker aircraft primarily to refuel SR-71s of the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing. The wing was inactivated on September 30, 1976 and replaced by the 100th Air Refueling Wing.

The wing was reactivated at RAF Alconbury England as the 17th Reconnaissance Wing on October 1, 1982. The operational squadron of the 17th RW was the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron. The wing flew tactical and strategic surveillance missions in Western Europe using the TR-1 (U-2R).

At Alconbury, the 17th RW received the P. T. Cullen Trophy for providing “the greatest contribution to the intelligence gathering efforts of SAC” in 1989 and 1990.[1] During 1990–91, many of the wing's assets and personnel supported operations in Southwest Asia by ferrying aircraft and equipment to Taif, Saudi Arabia.

The 17th RW inactivated on June 30, 1991, but its subordinate unit, the 95th Reconnaissance Squadron, remained at Alconbury as a non-flying organization. It subsequently inactivated at Alconbury on September 15, 1993, then reactivated on July 1, 1994 as the 95th RS at RAF Mildenhall, assigned to the 55th Operations Group. The U-2Rs were consolidated at Beale AFB California in the 9th Wing, which still deploy routinely on a TDY basis to RAF Mildenhall.

Post Cold War

The 17th Training Wing stood up as a non-flying wing at Goodfellow AFB, Texas on July 1, 1993. At Goodfellow, the wing develops and delivers cryptologic, intelligence, and other training to US and allied military and US government students.


Service Streamers. None.

Campaign Streamers.

  • Korea: Korea, Summer-Fall, 1952; Third Korean Winter; Korea, Summer, 1953.
  • Southwest Asia: Defense of Saudi Arabia; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait


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

  1. ^ Mixer, Ronald E., Genealogy of the STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, Battermix Publishing Company, 1999 and Mixer, Ronald E., STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND, An Organizational History, Battermix Publishing Company, 2006.
  • Futrell, Robert Frank (1983) The United States Air Force In Korea, 1950–1953, Maxwell AFB, Alabama Office of Air Force History, ISBN 0912799714
  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units Of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0892010924.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0912799129.
  • Rogers, Brian (2005). United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, England: Midland Publications. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.
  • Air Force Historical Research Agency

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