1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 2, 2020 12:39 AM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking brochures & other information on Air Force training


      Hi there, I'm doing research on an artist who enlisted and trained in the Air Force in 1964; this artist was stationed at the Lackland Air Force Base and his training focused on "Communications & Electronics." I don't know much about military training, and would like to find out more about the "Communications & Electronics" component of Air Force training. At what point would the training have departed from the standard basic training activities and begun to focus more on communications and electronic technology? Are there any manuals or documents from that time, particularly ones that give a sense of what the Communications & Electronics curriculum would have looked like? Even a general description of the technologies used in the training (types of computers, types of code) would be very helpful. This would be from the early or mid-1960s, just before the U.S.'s escalation of force in Southeast Asia.


      Additionally, if there's any information about the architecture or building complexes of Lackland Air Force Base that's available in the archives, I'd love to look at anything that's currently digitized. The artist mentioned having spent time in Occupational Therapy, so an aerial plan of the base or any documentation on Occupational Therapy services at that time would be very helpful for my research.  I know that Lackland was one of the only places that offered Basic Training for the Air Force, so I assume the training info for that location would be pretty representative of the US Military's overall approach during that time. Thank you for considering my question! I look forward to hearing from you soon.

        • Re: Seeking brochures & other information on Air Force training
          Rebecca Collier Guide

          Dear Ms. Anania,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Publications Relating to Training, 1959 - 1961 in the Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations (Record Group 342) that includes communications & electronics. We were unable to locate Air Force files pertaining to occupational therapy.


          We also located the series Army Medical Specialist Corps Historical Files, 1957 - 6/1982 in the Records of the Army Staff (Record Group 319) that includes two file units titled Occupational Therapy Educational Supervisors Course, 1964-1965 and Occupational Therapy File that may have pamphlets or other literature.


          In addition, we located the Occupational Therapy Section Curricula Approval Files, 1947  - 1962 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) that may have pamphlets or other literature.


          For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          Additional records may be in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL  36112-6424. The web site is https://www.afhra.af.mil/.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

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