Western Technical Training Command
|Western Technical Training Command|
Bombsight Maintenance training course, Lowry Field, Colorado, 1944
|Branch||United States Army Air Forces|
|Type||Command and Control|
|Part of||Army Air Forces Training Command|
Western Technical Training Command is an inactive United States Air Force unit. It was assigned to the Army Air Forces Training Command, stationed at Denver, Colorado. It was inactivated on 15 October 1945
- see also: Technical Division, Air Training Command for additional history
The command was established initially on 1 November 1941 as a result of the expansion of the Air Corps after May 1940. By early November 1941, students were entering technical training at the rate of 110,000 per year, and Air Corps Technical Command set up five geographically separated districts to manage the expansion. The Second Technical Training District controlled technical training schools in the Great Lakes area.
On 31 July 1943, the Army Air Forces continued with organizational actions related to the activation of Training Command. The five districts that had belonged to Technical Training Command were transferred to the new AAF Training Command. However, on 31 August 1943, Training Command disbanded two of the districts and merged them into three, being Eastern, Central and Western Training Commands.
Requirements in the combat theaters for graduates of technical training schools and even pilots proved to be smaller than initially expected, so the Army Air Forces reduced the size of these training programs in January 1944. With the end of the war in September 1945, on 15 October Training Command delegated all stations and activities of the Western Technical Training Command to the jurisdiction of the Eastern Technical Training Command.
- Established as Fourth Technical Training District, on 1 November 1941
- Re-designated: Western Technical Training Command, on 31 August 1943
- Inactivated on 15 October 1945.
- Air Corps Technical Training Command, 1 November 1941
- Army Air Forces Technical Training Command, 1 March 1942
- Army Air Forces Training Command, 31 July 1943 – 15 October 1945
- Aircraft Mechanics Technical School; Basic Training Center #8, Amarillo Field, Texas
- Weapons/Photographic Technical School, Buckley Field, Colorado
- Administration Technical School; Miscellaneous Support Services training, Fort Logan, Colorado
- Quartermasters Technical School; Basic Training Center #5, Kearns Center, Utah
- Aircraft Mechanics/Weapons Technical School; Basic Training Center, Keesler Field, Mississippi (After 1 March 1944)
- Engine Mechanics Technical School; Basic Training Center #6, Lincoln Field, Nebraska
- Weapons/Photographic Technical School; Miscellaneous training, Lowry Field, Colorado
- Civil Engineering Technical School; Basic Training Center #3, Sheppard Field, Texas
- Denver, Colorado, 1 November 1941 – 15 October 1945 
- Manning, Thomas A. (2005), History of Air Education and Training Command, 1942–2002. Office of History and Research, Headquarters, AETC, Randolph AFB, Texas ASIN: B000NYX3PC