JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH – The 49th Wing at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and all co-located units, will realign from Air Combat Command to Air Education and Training Command effective Oct. 1.
This transition will align Holloman Air Force Base, which hosts MQ-9 Reaper and F-16 Fighting Falcon formal training units, under the major command with responsibility for recruiting, training and educating Airmen.
“This realignment is the right move at the right time for Holloman (AFB) and AETC,” said Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, AETC commander. “In AETC, we have the tools and the resources to help the 49th Wing maximize the effectiveness of training.”
As a result of the realignment, MQ-9 pilots and sensor operators will be able to attend initial training and graduate training all within one command. This deliberate process allows AETC the opportunity to provide support to the vital training missions housed at Holloman Air Force Base and to the 4,600 Airmen and their families located there.
"I am proud of the Airmen at Holloman (AFB) for their unwavering dedication to the mission and our command," said Gen. Mike Holmes, ACC commander. "As you leave the ACC family, I know you will continue to strive for excellence and engage in your new mission with the same full-court press you gave me. AETC is getting a phenomenal wing that will continue to do great things."
“We are honored to be a part of the amazing work that happens every day at Holloman, and we couldn’t be more humbled to be asked to join this team,” Kwast said.