News>Alamo Wing launches Delayed Entry Training Flight
A new day dawns as 26 trainees comprise the first class of the 433rd Airlift Wing's Delayed Entry Training Flight under the direction of Tech. Sgt. David Gaffney, 433rd Airlift Wing Military Training Leader, and Airman First Class Ryan King (right) on Sept 8 at Joint Base San Antoino-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)
Senior Airman William Richardson,433rd Airlift Wing Career Development office, leads 26 trainees to their first meeting with 433rd Airlift Wing Commander Col. Jeffrey T. Pennington. The mission of the Delayed Entry Training Flight is to prepare the trainees for Basic Military Training and help the new enlistees with the transition from civilian life to Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)
Col. Jeffrey T. Pennington, 433rd Airlift Wing commander, personally greets the first class of the Alamo Wing's Delayed Entry Training Flight on Sept. 8 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The flight is designed to assist entrants to the Air Force Reserve with customs and courtesies prior to Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Carlos J. Trevino)
by Tech. Sgt. Carlos Trevino
433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
9/9/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- For the first time, the 433rd Airlift Wing's newest Airmen are getting a boost before basic military training with the creation of delayed enlistment training flights.
The program, which launched on Sept. 8, will assist 26 future Airmen with adjusting to military life prior to their assignment to BMT. Easily recognizable in their black tee shirts and blue jeans, they were assembled at the Cargo Loading Facility before being led to a meeting with the wing commander and to get their first military identification card. Tech Sgt. David B. Gaffney, 433rd Military Training Leader is preparing them for the rigors of BMT before they depart.
The trainees paid close attention to Gaffney as he demonstrated the position of attention for them. He told them he would call the room to attention as the commander of the 433rd Airlift Wing, Col. Jeffrey T. Pennington, entered the room. The trainees performed flawlessly as the commander and Command Chief Master Sgt. Emil Garza entered the room.
"I am so proud of your commitment to join the Air Force," Pennington said. "This (DTF) is a good opportunity."
Tech Sgt. Gaffney is seeking assistance from wing members with working/mentoring the future Airmen. If you have questions or seek to volunteer please contact him at 925-1955 or David.Gaffney@us.af.mil