Built in 1941, Sheppard Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base situated five miles (eight kilometres) north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, in Wichita County, Texas, United States. Named after Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, who was a supporter of the military preparations before the Second World War, Sheppard AFB is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The 82d Training Wing (82 TRW) is the host unit at the base, providing specialised technical training and field training for officers, Airmen, and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies, and foreign nationals; while the 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW) conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, a multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO.
Sheppard AFB shares one runway with Wichita Falls Municipal Airport under a joint civil-military arrangement. It lies at an elevation of 1,019 feet (311 metres) and can be found on the map with the coordinates 33°59′20″N 098°29′31″W. It has been designated the IATA code SPS. Through Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, flights received are from Dallas/Fort Worth, operated by American Eagle.
The city of Wichita Falls is located in Wichita County, Texas, United States. It also serves as county seat. It is the principal city of the Wichita Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Archer, Clay, and Wichita counties. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 104,553 making it the 29th most populous city in the state of Texas. In addition to Sheppard AFB and Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, Wichita Falls is also home to the Newby-McMahon Building, which was constructed downtown in 1919 and had been known since as the "world's littlest skyscraper."