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Congratulations! You have ccnpleted Basic Training and you're now a full-fledged
member of our proud Air Force team. During these relatively few weeks, we've
given you a foundation of military training and self-discipline to build upon
during the years ahead.
From here on, it's really up to you. We've taught you the military standards,
cust ms, and courtesies, as well as the importance of teamwork and a positive
Rental attitude. The opportunities are there waiting for you to take the
initiative and make them cone true.
You've shown that you have what it takes to beco e a productive member of our
Air Force. You have the qualities needed to find both personal and professional
satisfaction throughout the rest of your service to our country. I wish you all
the success in the world. Never forget that in this Air Force of ours, you are
an important person who will, I know, do your share to make a great Air Force
CARL R SMITH
Major General, USAF
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Basic Military Training
COLONEL ROY D. SHEETZ
Colonel Roy D. Sheetz is the commander of the Air Force
Basic Military Training School, Lackland Air Force Base,
Texas. More than 70,000 young men and women receive their
initial Air Force training in this school each year.
Colonel Sheetz was born Sept. 9, 1941, in San Antonio,
Texas. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School, Ar-
lington, Va., in June 1960 and in 1965 earned a bachelor of
arts degree in English from Texas A8zM University. He re-
ceived his masters degree in public administration from Au-
burn University in 1974. He is a 1974 distinguished graduate
of Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base,
Ala., and a 1985 graduate of the National War College,
Colonel Sheetz earned his commission through the AFROTC
program at Texas ASLM University in May 1965. He completed
undergraduate navigator training in May 1966 at Mather AFB,
Ca., and C-130 aircrew training in September 1966 at Pope Air
Force Base, N.C. He was assigned to the 772nd Tactical Airlift
Squadron, Mactan Isle Air Field, Philippines, in October 1966,
as a C-130 navigator. In December 1967 he was reassigned to
the Sth Military Airlift Squadron, McChord Air Force Base,
Wash., as a C-141 instructor navigator. Upon graduation from
Squadron Officer School, at Maxwell Air Force Base, in April
1969, he was assigned to the 62nd Military Airlift Wing as
aide-de-camp and executive officer.
In 1969 he was selected for training under the Air Staff
Training Program, and assigned to the Air Force Manpower
and Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
From September 1970 through February 1971 he was an ex-
change officer and attended VC-10 conversion training at
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mained as a VC-10 instructorfVIP navigator until July 1973.
In July 1974 Colonel Sheetz was assigned to the Pentagon
as chief of the joint actions branch and later as the ex-
ecutive officer for the personnel plans directorate. From
July through December 1978 he attended T-43 instructor
training at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., and in December
1978 was reassigned to the 450th Flying Training Squadron,
Mather Air Force Base, as an instructor navigator and
operations officer. In May 1980, Colonel Sheetz assumed
command of the 450th Flying Training Squadron.
In January 1982, Colonel Sheetz was assigned to Head-
quarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base,
as director of navigatorfsurvival and life support. Following
graduation from the National War College, in June 1985, he
was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base as the deputy com-
mander of the Air Force Basic Military Training School, a
position he held until assuming command of the school
Sept. 6, 1985.
Colonel Sheetz is a master navigator with approximately
5000 hours of flying time and 952 combat sorties to his
credit. His awards and decorations include the Meritorious
Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Medal with
five oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal
with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation
Medal with two oak leaf clusters.
He was promoted to the rank of colonel Sept. 1, 1983.
He is married to the former Sherry Seibert of Silver
Spring, Md. They have two children, Roy Jr. and Sandra
History Of Lackland
The land that eventually became Lackland Air Force Base
used to be a part of Kelly Field. It was a lonely, desolate place
covered by mesquite and crawling with rattlesnakes. The
pilots at Kelly used the area as a bombing range and called it
"the hill" known by the pilots because the flat escarpment rose
steeply above their airfield.
ln 1933 Brigadier General Frank D. Lackland became com-
mander oi the Air Corps Advanced Flying School at Kelly
Field. He was born in 1884 on a plantation in Fauquier Coun-
ty, Virginia. Frank Lackland spent his youth working on the
Washington Times newspaper and as a page boy in the
U.S. Capitol. He began his military career in 1911 as an lnfan-
try Lieutenant and served with George C. Marshall fthen also a
lieutenantj in the Philippines before World War I. After
transferring to the Air Service of the Signal Corps, he received
his wings in 1917. This made Lackland one of the Army's early
band of pilots. ln 1922 Major Lackland came to San Antonio to
command Duncan Field. Later, as a colonel, he became com-
mander of Brooks Field in 1934 before taking command at
Kelly in March 1938. While at Kelly he conceived the idea of a
major training facility on the hill overlooking the field. Gen-
eral Lackland died on 27 April 1943 at Walter Reed Hospital
and is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery.
The growth of Kelly's hill from a wilderness of brush and
cactus to the nation's largest military training center resulted
from the foresight of General Lackland. On 10 October 1940,
after he had convinced his colleagues and superiors of the ad-
vantages of an installation on the hill, three officers were ap-
pointed to determine the requirements for establishing an
aviation cadet reception center for the Gulf Coast area. Based
on the recommendation of this 3-man commission, the War
Department approved a facility for 1,300 cadets. A letter from
the Adjutant General dated 21 February 1941 authorized 62
buildings, including 42 barracks capable of housing 31 men
each, five mess halls, five administration buildings, a fire sta-
tion, an infirmary, a post exchange, a recreation building,
warehouse, and five school buildings. ln May 1941 the
planned training capacity was increased to 2,088 cadets.
Contractors' bids to build the new facilities were opened on
5 June 1941 and actual construction started ten days later.
The rough terrain slowed progress at first. The only
semblance of a road from Kelly was a cow trail leading up to
the one existing building on the hill, a small radio shack. Also,
the entire area had to be combed for unexploded "dud bombs.
Lt. Col. Sidney D. Grubbs was in charge of the building effort.
As the project officer, he was in reality the first commander of
what later would be Lackland Air Force Base.
On 30 September 1941, the new development on the hill
was designated the Air Corps Replacement Training Center
tAir Crewj, Kelly Field, Texas. its mission was to produce
potential Army Air Force QAAFJ pilots. lt was one of three such
training centers. The first had opened at Maxwell Field,
Alabama on 6 September 1941. The third, located at Santa
Ana, California, did not open until 1942. The first class of
cadets reported for training at San Antonio on 12 November
1941, less than a month before Pearl Harbor.
On 1 February 1946 the post was transferred to AAF
Technical Training Command and redesignated the AAF
Military Training Center. lt absorbed the Basic Training
School from Harlingen Field, Texas and began basic training
for enlisted personnel on 4 February. The training course was
six weeks in length 130 training daysj.
On 18 September 1947 the United States Air Force QUSAFJ
was born as a separate service. There had been many
organizational realignments throughout the Army and the Ar-
my Air Force to prepare for the new era. The lndoctrination
Division reflected these changes during 1947. Among the
more noteworthy changes, the piece of real estate on which
the indoctrination Training Center UDTRCJ was located finally
received a formal name when it became Lackland Air Force
Base QAFBJ on 1 .luly 1947. QT he War Department published
retroactive orders for this on 11 .luly.j Ceremonies that mark-
ed the naming of the base were held on 12 July. A week after
Lackland AFB was named, 21,765 base personnel formed the
AAF insignia for the famous San Antonio photographer,
Lackland AFB grew slowly during the next few years, but
saw some important changes. In 1948 some base personnel
lived in tents in October 1948 it began basic training for the
newly authorized Women in the Air Force QWAFJ. The Air
Force led the way toward equal rights in the Military. For ex-
ample, OCS went coeducational on 10 Jan 1949. In .lune 1949
Lackland began the integration of black airmen into regular
units with whites. Despite predictions of trouble, this change
The indoctrination Division itself was replaced on 28 Oc-
tober 1949. Taking its place at Lackland without change in
mission was the newly designated 3700th Air Force indoc-
trination Wing QAFIWJ. As part of this general reorganization,
the 3700th Air Base Group and 3700th Maintenance and Sup-
ply Group were formed to do the many tasks required to
operate the base. There were also several other groups that
performed the Wing's training mission. These were the
3700th, 3710th, and 3721st Basic Training Groups, the 3700th
WAF Training Group, and the 3700th Officer Candidate Train-
ing Group. fAnother Basic Training Group, the 3730th, had
been inactivated on 5 October 1949.1 Also designated was the
3700th Personnel Processing Groupl, which took care of the
many administrative tasks that went along with basic training,
such as building personnel records and assigning the new
recruits to technical training or jobs throughout the Air Force.
Sheppard AFB also started getting ready once again to per-
form basic training. On 27 July the 3700th Air Force Indoc-
trination Wing expanded to include the 3740th Basic Military
Training Group at Sheppard. The new group consisted of a
headquarters and headquarters Squadron and ten training
squadrons. The male BMT program at Lackland had already
approached the saturation point in housing and feeding
facilities. On 15 July there were 18,423 male basic trainees,
2,082 re-enlistees, 502 WAF personnel, and 296 officer can-
didates in training. On 29 July 1950 the base population had
grown to 28,803, with 3,500 male trainees already living in
Other changes included renaming of the Marksmanship
Center as the USAF Marksmanship School on 1 September
1959 and the assignment of the base hospital to the USAF
Aerospace Medical Center at Brooks AFB, Texas on 1 October
1959. The hospital had been growing tremendously. ln 1957
the World War Il facilities were partially evacuated and the
major medical functions moved into the new nine-story
building with 500 beds. ln 1961, a 500-bed addition called the
T-Wing was completed Qlt was renamed the Wilford Hall USAF
Hospital on 1 March 1963 and was designated a medical
center on 1 July 1969.1
Officer Training School COTSJ was established at Lackland
on 1 July 1959. The mission of OTS was to train college
graduates in the essential fundamentals required for newly
commissioned officers in the Air Force. The initial OTS class
began training on 18 November 1959.
Lackland began taking on a "new look" during 1962. ln
November the first of what was to become many new self-
contained dormitories for basic training were completed. Each
of these three large buildings provided air-conditioned living
quarters, classrooms and covered drill areas for 200 trainees.
The distinctive "Smokey Bear" hat became part of the
Military Training lnstructor's uniformg on 31 August 1967,
making him look about two feet taller to many newly arrived
The Lackland Military Training Center was renamed the
Air Force Military Training Center on 1 January 1973, in
recognition ofthe fact that it is the Air Force's only basic train-
ing center. lt is also referred to as "The Gateway To The Air
Force". This is the place where thousands of dedicated young
men and women make the transition from civilian life to the
United States Air Force.
Today Lackland Air Force Base is a busy community
spread over almost 7000 acres in the southwest part of San
Antonio, Texas. With more than 1000 buildings, the base
resembles a small city. lt has a great medical center, a modern
shopping complex, theaters, restaurants, bowling alleys,
swimming pools, gas stations, and shady residential areas. The
main purpose of Lackland, however, is still training. Dor-
mitories, classrooms, and athletic fields cover much of the
The daily population of Lackland now averages over
33,000 people, both military and civilian. This makes
Lackland the 31st largest city in Texas. About half of this
population is going to school. The great majority of Students
are at the Air Force Military Training Center to take basic
military training. This demanding 6-week course gives the
men and women who enlist in the Air Force a speedy transi-
tion from civilian to military life. For them, Lackland is the
"Gateway to the Air Force" and basic training is how they pro-
ve to themselves and to the Air Force that they are motivated
and capable of joining the aerospace team.
Many of the other students at Lackland are taking more ad-
vanced technical training in subjects ranging from law en-
forcement to electronics. Some of these students represent the
Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and various civilian
government agencies. The Officer Training School commis-
sions new Air Force officers. Lackland has also become an in-
ternational educational community. Military personnel from
over 30 nations come to learn English at the Defense
Language lnstitute before going on to study a wide variety of
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What ls Basic Training?
The Basic Training program is designed to produce new airmen who are motivated. disciplined, physically con-
ditioned, trained in military skills, and capable of taking their place in the ranks of the Lfnited States Air Force. All
airmen who complete Basic Military Training have:
a. Demonstrated the strength, stamina, and agility to perform the tasks prescribed and understand the higher
standards of physical conditioning which are required for completion of training,
b. Demonstrated the desire and have accepted the need to apply themselves to accomplishing assigned tasks.
c. Understood and adhered to their enlistment obligation, including the Oath of Enlistment, and their role as
d. Sworn their devotion to the United States Air Force in its defense ofthe United States and the principles em-
bodied in the Constitution.
e. Understood and will abide by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and other statutes and applicable rules and
f. Been trained in the military skills which apply to ali airmen regardless of Air Force Specialty Code CAFSCJ or
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they get everything accomplished here? This is on
the mind of every airman as they process through
the Lackland A.F.B. Reception Center. It becomes
quite clear to them they do get a great deal ac-
complished in the first few days of Basic Training.
Aptitude testing, physical examinations, a job-
classification interview, orientation briefings,
clothing issue and the creation of a permanent file,
all are completed in their first five days of Basic
The change from civilian to Airman has to be a
swift one, for the next six weeks they will receive
intensive training in the United States Air Force
that may have to be applied to the defense of our
country and their own lives.
The beginning of a new career, new challenges,
and life-long friendships becomes a reality as each
day passes. As the airmen move through these first
few days, they begin to understand a little more of
the routine that will become such an important
part of their six weeks in Basic Training.
The first day is very busy with the different activities
required to properly prepare the new airman for basic
training Chair Cuts, pay, marking kits.I
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drill as old as organized armies and from
which discipline itself is formed.
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purposeg to develop in the airman an instinct
for precision, an ingrained habit of obedience
to command, a sense of teamwork. They learn
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waited for. Some of the airmen that began training, never
finished. Some could not meet the standards, some were
discharged for medical reasons and others were recycled for
training. But those that did complete the training are standing
tall. For many it is their first real achievement in life. For
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an Airman - ready to go on and learn your new military skill.
Ready, trained and confident in being able to do those skills a
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some will go directly to their next base of assignment. But all will
hold fond memories of their days at Lackland.
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1VISgt. V. L. Hosfelt lVISgt. F. Olson
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Ashley, Robert E
Aylward, Alfred J
Bassett, Harless W
Blankenship, Carl F
Brown, Michael J
Burgett, Donald L
Burkett, Jeffrey L
Burrage, William H
Cote, Michael A
Dawson, Michael S
Fortman, Craig D
Hancock, Michael A
Hanson, Kevin L
Hierstein, Robert W
Houghton, Todd D
Hudgins, Thomas A
Jarnot, Joseph B
Johnson, Ervin L
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Letourneau, Wayne A
Little, James B
McKenney, Richard L
Miller, James D
Mullins, Jerome D
Neihoff, Brett A
Nelson, Daniel R
O,Conner, William L
Olson, Todd D
Price, Thomas D
Ramsaur, Philip L
Ratter, Richard A
Riebling, Timothy H
Robertson, Dale E
Russell, Stanley L
Shaw, Byron K
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TSgt. W. Guffey SSgt. J. Simpson SSgt. R. Ryan SSgt. P. Knaust
SSgt. S. Kimbrel SSgt. E. Bolesworth Sgt. C. Martin
Shipping Gut, Farewell To Lackland
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They are the cautioning voice, the helpful hand, the watchful
eye that guides the new airmen through six weeks of strenuous
Air Force Basic Military Training.
They have gained their knowledge through practical ex-
perience. lt is properly their job to guide, instruct, and encourage
the young people who are training to become airmen.
They are seasoned graduates of the Military Training Instruc-
tor School - a course which reviews all the "Basics" of Basic
Training in a curriculum much more strenuous than Basic Train-
ing. They wear the distinctive mark of a graduate of that school -
the Campaign Hat.
More than 1500 Basic Airmen enter and leave the Air Force
Military Training Center each week, but the Training Instructors
remain to fulfill their mission of developing well trained airmen.
To the Military Training Instructors at Lackland Air Force Base
and the proud Airmen they have produced, this book is
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The Training Instructor Badge that I wear is a symbol of honor, in-
tegrity and excellence in military deportment. My job is one of the most
important in the Air Force and I will spare no effort to properly prepare
young men and women for military duty.
I am dedicated to the principles of fairness, firmness and honesty in
my dealings with those entrusted to my charge. I am pledged to strive
for perfection and to reject mediocrity both in my own personal
behavior and in the performance of those for whom I am responsible. I
am an Air Force Military Training Instructor.
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