About 1,000 additional airmen will be reporting to Sheppard Air Force Base for training this year as the service grows by about 2,000 service members to fill the need for high-demand specialties in aircraft maintenance, cyber, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Sheppard, located in North Texas, will experience a small increase in students across a range of subjects the installation teaches, including armaments, avionics, propulsion and explosive ordnance disposal, reports the Times Record News.
“Once the new personnel arrive, Sheppard AFB will continue to train and inspire the next generation of Air Force warriors before we send them out to their new duty station,” said Col. Paul Henderson.
Officials anticipate the base’s existing facilities will be able to accommodate the uptick. They plan on bringing on more instructors to handle the higher teaching load.
“As with any personnel increase, we will have to address dormitory availability, physical training schedules, dining facility arrangements and so forth,” said 82nd Training Wing Commander Col. Patrick Butler.
Under the fiscal 2016 defense appropriations bill, the Air Force is slated to add about 6,600 airmen, including 4,020 active-duty personnel, 2,100 to the Air Force Reserve and 500 to the Air National Guard.