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433rd Operations Group hosts Honorary Commanders, civic leader

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  • By Mrs. Minnie Jones
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A group of 433rd Airlift Wing Honorary Commanders from San Antonio and surrounding areas got a chance to experience a ride in the C-5M Super Galaxy Simulator, Nov. 18, 2017 here.

 The morning tour began with a welcome from Lt. Col. James C. Miller, the 433rd Operations Group vice commander. After the greeting and breakfast, Lt. Col. Miller, gave a mission brief on his group, which provides command and staff supervision for the 68th Airlift, 356th Airlift, 433rd Operations Support, 433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadrons, and the 433rd Airlift Control Flight. The group consist of approximately 600 people assigned to the operations group. The 433rd OG is also responsible for the Formal Training Unit for all C-5M Super Galaxy aircrew training.

 After breakfast, the Honorary Commanders and civic leaders received a chance to experience aircraft flight from the pilot’s seat of the flight simulator. In the simulator, they got to select a flight plan, practice flying, and taking off and landing the military’s largest aircraft.

The tour provided the opportunity to further showcase the strategic mobility capabilities of the Alamo Wing.

"My job with the Spurs Sports and Entertainment is to learn more about the military community and civic leaders throughout San Antonio, so spending some time and learning about the 433rd was very enjoyable," said Britni Ridolfi.  "We got a great overview of the mission from J.C. Miller, and then we spent some time exploring the C-5 simulator. I’m excited to continue learning about different military units like the 433rd and hopefully uncovering more to ways to collaborate and support the Airmen and their families."

 The purpose of the Alamo Wing’s Honorary Commander Program is to foster relationships between senior base leadership and its civilian partners. Its goal, is to promote public appreciation of the Air Force mission and its Airmen, by maximizing opportunities that share the Air Force story with new stewards and to communicate mutual interest, challenges, and concerns that senior leaders and its civilian stakeholders have in common.

 The Honorary Commanders Program was developed to encourage an exchange of ideas, share experiences and foster friendships between key members of the local civilian community and the Joint Base San Antonio military community. The program provides a unique opportunity for San Antonio area community leaders to shadow the 433rd AW, group and squadron commanders.

 For more information about the Alamo Wing’s Honorary Commander’s program, contact the 433rd AW Public Affairs Office at (210) 925-5194.