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17th Training Support Squadron

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17th Training Support Squadron emblem

Mission: Deliver unequaled support to forge world-class Joint and Coalition Fire Protection and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Warriors!

Vision: Innovative, Combat Ready Leaders and Warriors … success rests on our shoulders!

Organization: The 17th TRSS is part of the 17th Training Group.

The 17th Training Support Squadron provides policy, support and guidance for the 312th Training Squadron, 315th Training Squadron and 316th Training Squadron to meet the training objectives of the 17th Training Group. The 17th Training Support Squadron acquires and operates computer networks and systems, manages interactive multi-media instruction development, trains faculty and staff members, delivers training to international military students, provides language and student support for international military students and their families, and oversees an annual budget of $31 million and training systems in excess of $212 million.


The 17th Training Support Squadron is the key enabler of the 17th TRG mission. Our philosophy, So Others May Train, ensures that we support our sister squadrons and the group with training, communications and resources. Our mission enables the training squadrons to focus on their individual training missions as we collectively endeavor to Train, Develop, and Inspire Exceptional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance and Fire Protection Professionals for America and Her Allies.

The 17th Training Support Squadron is comprised of six flights:


Training Systems Flight - TSC

The Training Systems Flight implements and supports information technology governance and management activities to ensure the effective and efficient acquisition, integration, security and utilization of IT resources to support intelligence, firefighting and technical applications training. TSC provides oversight and governance to ensure secure, reliable, IT services across multiple networks of multiple classifications in support of the 17th TRG, utilizing select industry standards and best practices.


Faculty and Staff Development Flight - TSF

The Faculty and Staff Development Flight trains instructors, instructor supervisors, training developers and other personnel, military, civilians and contractors, for all squadrons and sister services. TSF serves as the single point of contact for 17th TRG programs including Air Education and Training Command Master Instructor Program, Community College of the Air Force Instructor Certifications, Instructional Systems Development Certification, Student Transcript Administration and Records System-Faculty Data, and the Civilian Employee Training Program.


Network Operations Flight - TSN

The Network Operations Flight consists of four elements. TSN is tasked to integrate, secure, manage and maintain classified training systems and applications across 14 networks along with the 17th TRG’s $300 million data center. TSN processes over 12,500 tickets annually to provide 99.7 percent uptime for more than 14,500 students.


Operations Flight -TSO

The Operations Flight consists of four sections, covering four mission sets: deployments, security, registrar functions and International Military Student Office, international intelligence training.


Resources Flight - TSR

The Resources Flight serves as an extension of the group staff and is charged with management and oversight of group-wide operational and functional areas dealing with resources. TSR provides management analysis across a broad spectrum of resourcing avenues, including financial management, contractor oversight, facilities, manpower, equipment, programming and training innovation. TSR provides exceptional support, management and coordination, on some level, to nearly every 17th TRG project.


Training Technology Flight - TSU

The Training Technology Flight develops, deploys, and maintains interactive multimedia course ware to support Headquarters Air Force, AETC and 17th TRG training requirements thereby ensuring quality, standardization and maximum reuse of advanced media training products. The flight is composed of the Instructional Programmer Team, the Interactive Multimedia Instruction Development Team and the Integration Team.

Academic Success Model

The 17th Training Wing empowers students to take responsibility for learning through the Academic Success Model (ASM). The ASM enhances our efforts to operationalize the “Learning Next” or Student-Centered Active Learning Environment (SCALE) philosophy by placing the onus of learning on the student as they arrive at Goodfellow AFB. The underlying principle of “Learning Next” is that student engagement – with the curriculum, instructors, and peers – is the most critical component to academic success. Whereas Faculty Next developed a cadre of professional educators who foster the active learning environment, the ASM focuses on the Airmen-student who will actively engage in that environment. The ASM accomplishes Air Force objectives through three distinct efforts: Student Success Orientation, Student Success Coaches, and the Mentorship Program.

Student Success Orientation is the airman’s first day in the active learning environment. The goal of orientation is to introduce the students to the skills needed to successfully navigate this new environment, and provide them with opportunities to practice these skills. Student Success Coaches are a cadre of peer-mentors from the student population. Student Airmen who display peer-coach potential are selected and provided more in-depth training on academic and wellness topics received during orientation. The Mentorship Program is the student's first experience with formalized mentorship. It is designed to instill in airmen the commitment to continuous growth, and resilient development in the training environment and beyond. Prospective mentors (NCO, SNCO, or officer as appropriate) receive training that is incorporated into our Basic Instructor Course (BIC) curriculum. This training teaches the mentor to leverage their individual experiences and create their ‘mentoring toolbox’ that they will use to guide students towards both academic and career success.

Together, Faculty Next and the Academic Success Model provide unity of effort from all members of the organization. Carefully crafting a learning environment that prompts students to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and act with purpose, creates the conditions to develop a lethal and ready force that can navigate and produce results within any ambiguous environment. The ASM develops tools that prepare Airmen for resilient life-long learning and ultimate success in supporting the mission to Fly-Fight-Win!