Ownership of the pool transferred from the base to the 350th Battlefield Airman Training Group when it activated back in in June 2016. Thus the pool is used by all the BA AFSC courses operating at the Medina Training Annex- Lackland AFB, TX. The maintenance closure affected more than class 2017001.
At JBSA-Lackland, for the first time in U.S. military history, the first unit solely dedicated to train the service’s ground component was activated June 2, 2016.
The 350th Battlefield Airman Training Group activation streamlined training for the Air Force's conventional and special operations ground forces which include combat controllers, pararescuemen, special operations weathermen and tactical air control party Airmen.
“Much like when the Air Force separated from the Army in 1947 to have Airmen lead air power, this allows Battlefield Airmen leaders to lead Battlefield Airmen training across the entire enterprise,” said Col. Ronald Stenger, the inaugural commander of the BA TG and special tactics officer. “Our mission at the Battlefield Airmen Training Group is to select, train and mentor Airmen for global combat operations.”
The activation of the group and squadrons will reduce costs and increase efficiencies across the pipeline to produce highly-qualified Battlefield Airmen, cutting the training locations from 16 sites to eight. The squadrons consolidate and organize already existing training courses under BA leadership.