The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) was founded as the Fighter Weapons Office in 1981. It was initially dedicated to supporting aircraft software improvements for the A-7 aircraft which was flown solely by the Air National Guard. The Test Center was formally established by an agreement between the Tactical Air Command Director of Operations, the Director of Requirements, and the Directors of Operations from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. In 1987, the Fighter Weapons Office was renamed the Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center and has operated as the Air Reserve Component's (ARC) primary test and evaluation center.
AATC is responsible for operational and developmental test and evaluation and tactics development and evaluation for all ARC weapons systems. This composite flying organization is composed of A-10, C-130H, F-15, F-16, HC-130, HH-60, KC-135, MC-12, MQ-1, MQ-9, and RC-26 aircraft at four geographically separated units. Additionally, AATC is chartered to modernize the ARC's Battlefield Airman Enterprise which is comprised of joint terminal attack controllers, pararescuemen, and special tactics personnel.
AATC is a unique, efficient, and extraordinarily effective organization driving "80 percent solutions at 20 percent of the cost" and remains focused on continuing the legacy of unmatched response to warfighter requirements and transformational support to Air Force missions.
The Test Center is located at the Tucson Air National Guard Base, Arizona.