By Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder, 433rd Airlift Wing
/ Published September 11, 2018
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert Reyes, 433rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft engine mechanic, shows controls on a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft to Civil Air Patrol senior members at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Sept. 8, 2018. The Air Force’s largest aircraft in inventory, the C-5M is designed to provide massive strategic airlift for deployment and supply of combat and support forces worldwide.
Capt. Mike Blakley, 68th Airlift Squadron pilot, describes C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft functions to Civil Air Patrol cadets during a tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Sept. 8, 2018. The 68th AS’s pilots, flight engineers and loadmasters provide timely C-5M strategic airlift capability in support of worldwide requirements as determined by the Air Force Reserve Command, Air Mobility Command, White House Military Office, Drug Enforcement Agency and other organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder)
Members of "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol tour a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft’s cockpit at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Sept. 8, 2018. Thousands of cadets from 12 through 21 years old are members of the CAP programs, which includes aerospace education, leadership training, physical fitness and moral leadership.
Twenty-nine members of the Civil Air Patrol visited the 433rd Airlift Wing here Sept. 8, 2018.
The "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron CAP cadets and senior members from San Marcos, Texas, received an Alamo Wing welcome and question & answer session from Col. David A. Scott, 433rd AW vice commander before touring a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft.
The tour group watched as the C-5M kneeled, the nose visor was raised and front cargo ramp was lowered before they embarked the aircraft.
“We had a great visit,” said retired Col. Rich Ferguson, lifelong CAP member and previous commander of the 433rd AW’s 68th Airlift Squadron at Lackland. “Col. Scott gave a briefing on the 433rd and his career, and members of the 68th were there to answer questions, too; both cadets and senior members benefitted from that information. The main reasons for our visit was to have some exposure to the Air Force and the especially the reserves component.”
The tour also provided an opportunity to highlight the impact of the Reserve Citizen Airmen on the global mobility mission.
“We also got a good view of the Air Force’s mission around the world and the largest aircraft in their inventory while being escorted through the cockpit and entire aircraft,” he said. “The entire experience was very appreciated and well done.”