Pratt assumes command of 433rd Maintenance Group Published July 17, 2017 By Tech Sgt. Carlos J. Treviño 433rd Airlift Wing JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Lt. Col. Charles V. Pratt assumed command of the 433rd Maintenance Group during an official ceremony here July 15. The presiding official, Col. Thomas K. Smith, Jr., 433rd Airlift Wing commander, officially passed the group's guidon to Pratt and expressed his confidence and admiration for the incoming commander’s military career and academic achievements including a doctorate in business administration and a professorship at the Joint Forces Staff College. “Lt. Col. Pratt comes to us from the California Guard,” Smith said. “Nobody can say we don’t support the Total Force Continuum here in the Alamo Wing. We have tapped the best our Air Force has to offer as Lt. Col. Pratt has experienced a rich diversity of service to our country,” the commander said. The new commander expressed the importance of family support and the future success of the wing. “Like all of you here in the MXG, our careers are not just our own, but our families who support us,” said Pratt. "I am truly humbled to be here and chosen to lead this highly professional organization as your commander." "Your membership and dedication in this wing matters," said Pratt. "I am enthusiastic about working with you to achieve continued success in meeting our mission, our goals, and to move forward with our service here in the 433rd Maintenance Squadron."