In December 1983, the first Strike Fighter maintenance personnel arrived in Fallon from Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, Calif., to establish the VFA-125 detachment. The mission of the detachment was to maintain an operationally rich aircrew training environment by providing quality organizational level maintenance for Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) F/A-18 series aircraft, and limited support for transient F/A-18 series aircraft.
In March 1987, VFA-106 stood up a detachment in Fallon supporting FRS training from NAS Cecil Field, Fla. Both commands performed similar missions to support FRS training in Fallon. In 1994, the detachments combined under VFA-125 to form Strike Fighter Wing Detachment (SFWD). In late 1996, the detachment came under the control of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific (CSFWP), NAS Lemoore, Calif., and was renamed Strike Fighter Wing Pacific etachment (SFWPD) Fallon. This allowed better coordination of training for F/A-18 series Weet replacement pilots in strike and fighter weapons tactics for east and west coast Navy and Marine forces. SFWPD Fallon’s normal manning level consists of 110 enlisted personnel and two officers.
In November 2002, the detachment’s mission, functions and tasks became joint between CSFWP and Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic to support F/A-18 series Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft during FRS training detachments and Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) detachments in support of Naval Strike Air Warfare Center TOPGUN classes. A typical cycle at SFWPD Fallon usually consists of at least one two-week FRS strike training (Air-to-Ground) detachment and an eight week TOPGUN SFTI class per quarter. SFTI class includes two week Air-to-Air detachments to various Navy and Marine Corps Air Stations, and a two day detachment to Naval Air Warfare Center China Lake, Calif. This schedule continues year-round.