Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) is located in North Texas just five miles north of the City of Wichita Falls' Business District. Nearby Interstate 44 enables access to its nearest major cities of Dallas, approximately 146 miles southeast, and Oklahoma City, approximately 135 miles northeast.
The installation encompasses approximately 5,719 acres of land and has four runways, one of which is used by the City of Wichita Falls Municipal Airport and supports commercial and general aviation activities. Sheppard AFB is home to the 80th Flying Training Wing, which conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program sponsored by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This program provides fighter-oriented pilot training for 13 NATO countries and serves a critical international combat readiness function for the military. United States Air Force (USAF) also has an agreement with an auxiliary air field in Frederick, Oklahoma located approximately 57 miles northwest of Sheppard AFB.
In addition to pilot training, Sheppard AFB provides technical training to airmen, soldiers, sailors, marines and international students annually. Training covers aircraft maintenance, telecommunications, civil engineering, fuel and vehicle operations, and unique weapon systems. Overall, flight activity occurs at the installation and its auxiliary field all year long, 365 days per year. The installation has extensive airspace, including critical Military Training Routes (MTR) for low-level mission flights within all directions of the installation.