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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas – The Air Education and Training Command team of historians won the 2022 Outstanding Historical Publication Award from the Air Force History and Museums Program for their study, “The History of the ‘Air Education and Training – The First 80 Year Strong Command, 1942-2022’.

The Outstanding Historical Publication Award recognizes historians who have produced an outstanding historical study during the previous calendar year.

“As a team, we feel humbled and honored by the award,” said Pat Parrish, Assistant Command Historian for the AETC. “In putting together the book, we thought back to the work done over the past 80 years by all of our historians, including our former teammates Richard Emmons and Ann Hussey. Without their dedication, this book is not possible.

The project came about after former commander Lt. Gen. Brad Webb asked the command’s chief historian, Gary Boyd, to produce a special publication marking the command’s 80th anniversary, Parrish said.

The Command Historians team executes and manages historical activities, programs and functions and provides historical research and reference services for the Command. The Historian may also deploy and conduct research, interview personnel, and prepare analytical historical publications.

“We are fortunate to have such an incredible bureau of historians to support our mission at the AETC,” said Colonel Matthew Leard, Chief of Staff at AETC Headquarters, announcing the victory of the AETC. ‘crew.

Members of the AETC are celebrating the command’s 80th anniversary this year, honoring the longest serving major command in the Air Force and all of the students and trainees who were recruited, educated, and trained in the first command.

The birth of the Air Corps Flying Training Command, now known as the AETC, directly led to so many of our nation’s major successes over the past 75 years – the Doolittle Raiders, precision bombing in light of the day, the Tuskegee Airmen, Women’s Auxiliary Air Force, Global Logistics Antenna and Global Reach, Berlin Airlift, MiG Alley, Operation Linebacker, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, to name a few -ones.

For the complete history of the AETC, visit the Air Force Historian Publications website here.

Jacob L. Thornton