JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas --
502nd Installation Support Group leaders Col. Steven A. Strain, commander, Chief Master Sgt. Carey S. Jordan, command chief, and Mark J. Tharp, technical director, toured the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas on Oct. 21, 2020.
The purpose of the tour was to familiarize the new 502nd ISG leaders with the 433rd AW mission and its leaders.
“It’s important for us to maintain connections with the 502nd ISG,” said Col. Terry W. McClain 433rd AW commander. “When we need support, it’s a lot easier when we have that personal connection and can place a face on the other end of the phone.”
To better understand the unit’s capabilities and training curriculum, Strain, Jordan, and Tharp visited the 733rd Training Squadron’s C-5M Super Galaxy cargo load trainer, flight simulator, and virtual reality training system.
“The scope of what the 433rd does for the active duty, Guard and Reserve, the quality they have and the innovation spirit it has shown through VR capabilities and alternate training is fantastic,” said Strain. “We have multiple mission partners, so by getting out and understanding their missions, we can better serve them and provide better customer service through logistics or support.”
The 502nd ISG leaders also toured the C-5M Super Galaxy.
“This really gives us a better understanding about what you guys do and capabilities that you have because as mission partners we can be able to collaborate and connect with the 433rd and share capabilities amongst each other,” said Chief Master Sgt. Carey S. Jordan, 502nd ISG, command chief.