ATEC Commander Feels Sheppard AFB Has Bright Future

Sheppard Air Force Base just wrapped up a major conference Thursday afternoon that could help shape the future of Wichita Falls' largest employer. The Air Education and Training Command held their first semi-annual conference of 2011 at Sheppard this past week.
Four Star General Edward Rice is in charge of the AETC and spent the week planning, with more than 100 people, the future of training in the Air Force, while budget cuts will force all of the military services to become a bit more lean. General Rice told us he sees nothing but the same for Sheppard.

General Rice told Newschannel 6, "Sheppard and the training that we do here both on the flying side and the technical training side, is a very core part in what we do in the AETC and I would expect that to be the same for as far as I can see into the future."

One thing that will change at Sheppard in the future is the exodus of the T-38 training aircraft we see pretty much everyday. A new trainer is in the works and General Rice is hoping to have all the details finalized by possibly the end of this year and the new aircraft to be in the skies over Wichita Falls soon, but would not set a timetable for the project.