Published July 16, 2021
81st Training Wing
Keesler Air Force Base is home to the 81st Training Wing (TRW). Our lineage dates back to 1941 as the Army Air Corps’ schoolhouse – training everyone from aircraft and engine mechanics to cooks and meat cutters. In 1948, Keesler Field was officially re-designated as an Air Force Base. Today, the 81st Training Wing is the second largest technical training wing in the Air Force, consisting of military, Department of Defense civilians, and international students. The wing is charged with producing the technical operators the AF and the DoD need to ensure our national security. Our graduates are assigned to expeditionary air, space, and cyberspace forces all around the world, supporting both combat and non-combat missions.
Vision: Develop Airmen of Character
Our vision is to deliver Focused Driven Warriors to the field. Honing in on modularized training, blended learning, proficiency advancement testing and self-paced performance will allow the Air Force to more quickly deliver ready and capable Airmen.
Mission: Train, Develop, and Inspire Premier Warfighters
Our mission is to technically train warfighters, and to develop and inspire them. We provide a wide array of capabilities in over 160 career field specialty training courses from 8 operating locations in the continental United States. Annually, the 81 TRW graduates over 29,000 Total Force Airmen, joint, international, and coalition partners.
Priority 1: People - Care for "A"irmen and Families
Priority 2: Installation - Adaptive, resilient, right-sized and fiscally sustainable infrastructure to assure combat readiness, lethality and Airmen resilience
Priority 3: Mission - Train, Develop and Deliver Focus Driven Warriors
Priority 4: Community - Strengthen partnerships within the Gulf Coast community