DVIDS – News – Honorary Commanders Visit JBSA-Lackland Mission Partners

Brig. Gen. Caroline Miller, commander of the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio, hosted seven honorary commanders from across the Joint Base San Antonio metropolitan area for a tour of JBSA-Lackland March 25.

As honorary commanders, community leaders participate in a variety of special events during their two-year tenure, allowing them to interact with JBSA service members and learn about the missions of different units.

“The 502nd ABW Honorary Commander program is unique,” ​​Miller said. “During the first year of the program, our civic leaders have the opportunity to learn more about our mission. The following year, we have the opportunity to showcase our mission partners and the great things we do. they do.

During last year’s tours, our city leaders got an insight into the operations and responsibilities of the 502nd ABW. This year, our citizens learn about our mission partners, starting with the 433rd Airlift Wing and the Special Warfare Training Wing.

During the 433rd AW, the group was greeted by Col. Terry W. McClain, wing commander affiliated with Air Force Reserve Command.

McClain briefed the group on the five different squadrons and their missions, explaining that there were two squadrons that trained Airmen on C-5s; an operational support squadron that provides logistics; an aeromedical evacuation squadron; and the 68th Airlift Squadron, responsible for global mobility.

“The C-5M Super Galaxy is the largest aircraft in the United States military inventory and the second largest in the world,” McClain told the group.

After learning of its primary mission of transporting cargo and personnel for the Department of Defense with a cargo hold capable of carrying up to 281,001 pounds, the group headed to the flight line to view the interior of a C-5M.

“It’s awesome,” said Sylvia Rincon, business development manager for the Southside Independent School District Communications Representative. “We act like kids inside a C-5, see the seating area and sit in the cockpit. I’m amazed at how big it is.

“The visit from the 433rd Airlift Wing was fantastic,” said Honorary Commander Melissa Ochoa, president of the San Antonio LGBT Chamber. “I lived in San Antonio for 30 years and I still see the C-5 planes flying, but there’s something different about walking in there and seeing inside. It’s huge and amazing to see how it can be so big and heavy and still fly.

The tour continued to the JBSA-Chapman Training Annex to tour the Special Warfare Training Wing facility, where several SWTW members greeted city leaders at the Special Forces Airmen Memorial fell on the site of the mast.

The group then proceeded to the Special Forces Operations Training Center where state-of-the-art fitness equipment is provided to service members to carry out physical training and rehabilitation.

Honorary commanders visited six stations, where they were educated on nutrition, body composition, metabolic assessment, strength and conditioning, and the use of blood flow restriction when using weights.

Air Force pararescue specialists, or PJs, then demonstrated the use of a medical tourniquet. Pararescuemen are Air Force Special Operations Command and Air Combat Command operators tasked with the recovery and medical treatment of personnel in humanitarian and combat environments.

“Paramedics have a wider scope of practice in San Antonio than in other states, which gives our students the opportunity to train much closer to our protocols,” said Master Sgt. Sean Anderson, superintendent of the Modernized Pararescue Provider, or MP3, program. “Students have 450 hours of clinical time with the San Antonio Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services. The MP3 Medical course has three overall phases that the PCs must complete, namely the EMT, Paramedic, and Combat Medical phase.

“I was fascinated with the custom tourniquet system,” Ochoa said. “I learned to use a tourniquet for bleeding wounds. Overall the tour was very interesting for me and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to attend.”

Date taken: 04.04.2022
Date posted: 25.04.2022 17:57
Story ID: 419248

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