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Provide quality training to produce the finest space and missile operators and maintainers for our Air Force and our nation's defense.
The nation's premier training team, graduating the world's finest space and missile operators and maintainers.
381st Training Support Squadron
392nd Training Squadron
532nd Training Squadron
533rd Training Squadron
The 381st TRG provides qualification training for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), space surveillance, missile warning, spacelift, and satellite command and control operators. It also performs initial and advanced maintenance training on air launched missiles (ALM) and ICBM's. It conducts training in joint space fundamentals and associated computer maintenance. The group also conducts qualification and orientation training for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) staff and senior-level personnel, as well as instructor enhancement in support of operational units.
In July 1993, responsibility for missile training was transferred from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command. In September 1994, responsibility for space training was transferred from AFSPC to AETC and consolidated with the missile training units into the 381st TRG. In October 1996, the space training squadrons moved from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Vandenberg to further complete the unit's consolidation.
The group consists of four squadrons. The 381st TRSS provides faculty training, interactive courseware, registrar services, facility management, and resource management and procurement. The three other squadrons are dedicated to student training.
The 392nd TRS conducts Officer Space 100 training, ICBM Initial Qualification Training (IQT) and Officer and Enlisted Spacelift Fundamentals Training. The 392nd TRS, Detachment 1, located at Schriever AFB, Colo., conducts Command Center Operations, Missile Correlation, Space Surveillance, and Air Warning Center courses. The 532nd TRS provides courses for ICBM, ALCM/ACM, and space lift maintenance. The 533 TRS conducts Enlisted Space 100 training, Satellite Operations, Space Surveillance, Ground-based and Space-based Missile Warning, and Space Control. All in all, the group graduates more than 1000 students from more than 100 different courses each year.
The 381st TRG is linked to the Air Force global engagement vision and its supporting core competencies through it's mission of providing the highest quality space and missile operations and maintenance training for the Air Force and other agencies
381st Training Group History
The 381st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Gowen Field, Idaho, on November 3, 1942. The group moved to Ephrata AAB, Washington, where it was partially manned and then Pyote AAB, Texas, where 381st crews began their training in B-17s. In May 1943, the group began its overseas operations with the Eighth Air Force. The 381st operated chiefly against strategic objectives on the European Continent from June 1943 to April 1945. Bomb crews from the 381st saw action against Villacoublay, Amiens, St. Nazaire, Le Mans, Offenberg, Kassel, Leipzig, Gelsenkirchen, nitrate works in Norway, aircraft plants in Brussels, U-boat yards at Kiel, and ball-bearing works in Schweinfurt. The group's accurate performance against the shipyards at Bremen despite persistent enemy fighter attacks and heavy flak earned the unit its first Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) on October 8, 1943. A second DUC was awarded for similar action on January 11, 1944 during a mission against aircraft factories in central Germany. The 381st Bombardment Group participated in Big Week (20-25 February 1944), the Normandy invasion, the airborne assault on Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, the Allied crossing of the Rhine and the final Allied push into Germany. After hostilities ended, the group transported repatriated prisoners of war from Germany to France.
The 381st Bombardment Group was in-activated on August 28, 1945 at Sioux Falls AAFld, S.D. The group was re-designated the 381st Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) and was activated in the Reserve at Offutt Field, Neb., from July 24, 1947 to June 27, 1949. The 381st Bomb Group has a website for those who want more historical information on the Group. Also, they list e-mail addresses for former members
The group was re-designated by Strategic Air Command (SAC) as the 381st Strategic Missile Wing and was organized at McConnell AFB, Kansas on 1 March 1962. Operational readiness training for the missile crews took place mostly at Vandenberg AFB, California. The unit received its first Titan II ICBMs in January 1963. Its squadrons, the 532d Strategic Missile Squadron (ICBM-Titan) and 533d SMS (ICBM-Titan), became operational in December of the same year. The 381st was deactivated in 1985 after providing twenty-plus years of strategic deterrence and winning numerous awards, including the SAC missile combat competition Blanchard Trophy in 1972, 1975, 1980, and 1983.
On 1 April 1994, the 381st was re-designated by AETC as the 381st Training Group Provisional under Second Air Force and located at Vandenberg. The group, which was activated on September 30, 1994, is responsible for the consolidation of all space and missile training for AFSPC. This consolidation involves the oversight of five squadrons (392nd, 532nd, 533rd, and 534th Training Squadrons as well as 381st Training Support Squadron) teaching all aspects of missile operations, space operations, and missile maintenance.
The 392nd TRS is responsible for Undergraduate Space and Missile Training (USMT) and missile Initial Qualification Training (IQT). The 532nd TRS teaches missile maintenance for both ICBMs and ALCMs and is one of the original missile squadrons assigned to the 381st SMW. The 533rd TRS, another original missile squadron and a training detachment at Schriever AFB, Colo., provide IQT for attack warning, space surveillance, and counterdrug missions. The 534th TRS trained crews in satellite command and control through its IQT program. In 2003, the 533rd and 534th merged into the 533rd and assumed all the training responsibilities of both squadrons. The 381st TRSS provides faculty and staff training and support for both students and instructors throughout the 381st TRG. All four squadrons are located at Vandenberg.
The 381st TRG will proceed to expand with the increasing focus of space operations applications in the Air Force's roles and missions. The 21st Century will continue to see increasing roles for space operations and the 381st is going to provide the qualification training necessary. The continued growth will ensure that this organization maintains the reputation of being the nation's premier space and missile training organization.
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