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TRAINING ANNEX JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN, Texas – The Special Warfare Training Wing hosts the Aquatic Training Center Heritage Capsule Commemoration Ceremony at the Joint Base San Antonio-Chapman Training Annex, Jan. 13, 2022.
The ceremony commemorates the construction of a new, modernized $66.6 million aquatics training facility on CTA. The facility will accommodate the training of more than 3,000 Air Force Special Warfare trainees each year incorporating a full range of special operations training scenarios.
“It was an honor to welcome all of our distinguished guests and show them our vision of how integrated human performance produces more lethal fighters,” said USAF Col. Mason Dula, Commanding Officer of SWTW. “The consequences of our activity, which can be measured by the names and faces etched into the walls of our buildings, are never far from our minds and guide our commitment to building uniquely designed training pipelines to prepare warriors for combat. .”
Distinguished visitors, including Air Education and Training Command command teams, Lt. Gen. Marshall “Brad” Webb and the command’s chief master sergeant. Erik Thompson, and Second Air Force Maj. Gen. Michele C. Edmondson and command chief Master Sgt. Adam Vizi, were asked to place an item of personal importance inside an M-249 ammunition box, which would be locked in the foundation of the aquatic training center, becoming part of the history of warfare air force special.
Construction of the SWTW Aquatic Training Center is a collaborative effort between the SWTW, 802nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Special Warfare Training Support Squadron, Air Force Civil Engineer Center and the Fort Worth District of the US Army Corps of Engineers.
“As most of you know, I have become a die-hard fan of this [Air Force Special Warfare] community on May 2, 1999, when I was brought home from a very bad place,” said retired US Air Force General Dave Goldfein, the 21st Chief of Staff of the Air Force. USAF and guest of the SWTW Aquatics Training Center Heritage Capsule Commemoration Ceremony. speaker. “So I thought about my contribution to the capsule and brought a few things that go together…my badge that I wore the night I was shot…and the four stars I wore as as a leader, which recall the great potential of those who are saved by the members of this community”.
The 76,000 square foot aquatic training facility will consist of two enclosed, climate-controlled indoor pools of varying depths designed to meet training needs for Air Force global combat operations and is expected to be completed in late 2023.
“We [the AFSPECWAR community] don’t build facilities…we build warriors,” Col Dula said. “We build warrior airmen who are experts in the application of violence, and we have been doing so for decades…and if you will allow me a moment of unabashed pride, we are very good at it.”
Members of the Special Warfare Training Wing provide initial training to all Air Force Special Warfare Training AFSCs, including combat controllers, pararescue, special reconnaissance and Airmen from the Tactical Air Control Group.
To learn more about SW Airmen or other career opportunities in the US Air Force Special Warfare, visit: https://www.airforce.com/careers/in-demand-careers/special-warfare .