Thanks to all the new pilots getting through their training, thought we'd take a second to take a look at the new paint jobs for them to utilize!
307th Fighter Squadron "Stingers" call sign REEF is now fully operating within the Joint Task Force 501 family. If interested, don't be intimidated, put in an application today and start your journey today!
JTF501 returns home after their short deployment in the Eastern Mediterranean. As friends and family enjoy some downtime, Squadrons also begin spooling up for re-training and recruitment.
JOINT TASK FORCE 501 is actively recruiting on the following airframes:
With a March Deployment on the books looming. Both 127th Fighter Wing and Carrier Air Wing 5 have requested a pause on recruitment as all hands on deck work with 7th Fighter Training Wing to get candidates spooled up and ready for deployment.
The upcoming deployment in March has been on the books for some time now, and all parties involved are very excited to be down range once again.
With a deployment on the horizon (March), JTF501 continues to refill and expand into the new roles established in both the 127th Fighter Wing and Carrier Air Wing Five.
Currently recruiting to fill the following slots:
All Recruits will go through initial assessment and initial pilot training through 49th Fighter Training Squadron "Black Knights"
JTF501 is recruiting again! Especially with all of these updates from Eagle Dynamics, now is the best time to get into the seat of your AH-64D and join Black Death Troop, 4th Squadron 6th Air Cavalry (4/6 ACS). Front Seat, back seat, recon, supporting troops, relaying target information to our fast movers, the roles are truly endless.
Head over to JTF501.com for your application today!
Continuing our weekly highlight on the 93d FS Makos, let's look at their long history.
Activated in June 1943 under I Troop Carrier Command and equipped with C-47 Skytrains. Trained in various parts of the eastern United States until the end of 1943. Deployed to England and assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, Ninth Air Force. Prepared for the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. Began operations by dropping paratroops of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy on D-Day (6 June 1944) and releasing gliders with reinforcements on the following day. The unit received a Distinguished Unit Citation and a French citation for these missions.
After the Normandy invasion the squadron ferried supplies in the United Kingdom. After moving to France in September, the unit dropped paratroops of the 82nd Airborne Division near Nijmegen and towed gliders carrying reinforcements during the airborne attack on Holland. In December, it participated in the Battle of the Bulge by releasing gliders with supplies for the 101st Airborne Division near Bastogne. When the Allies made the air assault across the Rhine River in March 1945, each aircraft towed two gliders with troops of the 17th Airborne Division and released them near Wesel. The squadron also hauled food, clothing, medicine, gasoline, ordnance equipment, and other supplies to the front lines and evacuated patients to rear zone hospitals. It converted from C-47s to C-46s and the new aircraft to transport displaced persons from Germany to France and Belgium after V-E Day.
Returned to the U.S. during the period July–September 1945, and trained with C-46 aircraft until inactivated.
The squadron trained in troop carrier operations from, 1949–1951 and fighter-bomber operations from, 1952-1957. Since 1978, it has trained to maintain combat readiness in tactical fighter operations. The 93d periodically deployed to Turkey to enforce the no-fly zone over northern Iraq from, 1997-2003.
This week JTF501 highlights the 93rd Fighter Squadron (93d FS) "Makos".
The Makos within JTF501 are apart of the 127th Fighter Wing. Using the F-16C created by Eagle Dynamics, our Makos try to mimic similar missions and roles that their real life counterparts participate in.
The real 93d FS Makos are part of the Air Force Reserve Command's 482d Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida.
The 7th Fighter Training Wing doesn't stop training JTF501 after getting through your Initial Training Qualifications, JTF501 believes that there's always more to learn.
Enter the job of the 89th Aggressor Fighter Squadron aka "Rogue Squadron". Rogue Squadron consists of experienced Instructor Pilots from within JTF501 to help instruct line pilots in numerous skills from Air to Air tactics and strategies, Defensive tactics, Mission Planning strategies, and becoming an Instructor Pilot. Essentially our Rogue Squadron pilots conduct an on going version of the Fighter Weapons School known as TOP GUN. When doing this, 89th members fly redfor planes to provide dissimilar aircraft adversaries.
When JTF501 "deploys" for campaigns, these experienced pilots then are able to supplement back into the rank & file to flesh out flights along with making observations for further training after the campaigns. Such a huge and important task seems almost impossible...
"After all, impossible is what Rogue Squadron does best of all." - Corran Horn
The 7th Fighter Training Wing is the over arching instructional authority for JTF501. The 7th Fighter Training Wing (FTW) completes all onboarding of new pilots to the group regardless of airframe, to ensure all pilots enter their respective squadrons with the basic knowledge needed to operate such advanced aircraft. This is done through the 49th Fighter Training Squadron "Black Knights". Every pilot enters with a T-45 Checkride to gauge where each pilots skill resides. From there, the instructors can cater to the amount of training needed. Training continues once you become Fully Mission Qualified (FMQ) where our Aggressor Squadron looks to make you even better. The 89th Fighter Squadron "Rogues" will push those who think they are good right to the edge.
7th Fighter Training Wing - Training like a beast to become the best.