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The U.S. Air Force engages in Public Affairs to provide trusted counsel to leaders; build, maintain, and strengthen Airman morale and readiness; enhance public confidence and support, and achieve global influence and deterrence.
Public Affairs seeks to inform decision makers and communicate the service's requirements, capabilities, actions and achievements to the world and keeps the San Antonio community fully informed with complete and accurate information. Our programs are designed to increase public understanding of the Wing's mission.
All media queries and requests for interviews must be coordinated through the Public Affairs office. During normal duty hours (7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays), you can contact us at (210) 925-5194. If you have an urgent media query after regular duty hours, contact the Command Post at (210) 925-4330 and ask to have the on-call Public Affairs representative return your call.
The 433rd Airlift Wing, also known as the "Alamo Wing," is home of the C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft formal training unit, which train all aircrew members, both active and reserve. The wing is located in the seventh largest metropolitan area in the United States. Boasting approximately 2,800 reserve and civilian employees, the base has produced more than 1,500 aircrew personnel, including 750 pilots, 450 loadmasters and 325 flight engineers for America's Combat Air Force since 2006.
The Media Relations Section of Public Affairs provides news releases on newsworthy Air Force missions, programs, and activities. We work with the news media to provide interviews, coordinate visits and to respond to queries. We seek every opportunity to tell the Air Force story by reaching the public through local, regional and national news media organizations.
More than 20 media outlets receive information on Wing activities and events. Our goal is to increase public awareness and understanding of the Wing's mission - Train the world's greatest C-5M aircrews while deploying mission-ready warfighters.
It is the job of the 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs staff to write, edit, and photograph news, features, and sports stories for publication on the base public website and through social media outlets. Often times, articles and photos are picked up by other news outlets as well.
If you have a story idea about the 433rd Airlift Wing or its members that you think the public affairs staff would be interested in covering, please send an email to email@example.com or call (210) 925-5194.
In addition to this website, www.433aw.afrc.af.mil, visit the 433rd Airlift Wing's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/433rdAirliftWing for the latest news and updates.
The "Alamo Wing" newspaper is no longer in production. News and features regarding the 433rd Airlift Wing are now published online only via this website. The "Alamo Wing" was the official newspaper of the 433rd Airlift Wing. It was designed to relay current wing, Command, Air Force and Department of Defense news to military audiences. For previous editions of the "Alamo Wing," click the picture below.
Community Relations Programs
The objective of the community relations program is to increase public awareness and understanding of the Air Force and the 433rd Airlift Wing's mission. We support surrounding communities in all aspects, ranging from tour requests, the speaker's bureau or flyovers. Our goal is to foster positive relations with the surrounding communities. Participation in community events by Air Force people is desirable and highly encouraged. You can contact the Community Relations division at (210) 925-5194.
**Due to the flying missions and limited access to the aircraft, tours of the C-5 Super Galaxy will be very limited. Tour requests will be on a case by case basis. A scheduled tour can be cancelled on very short notice, due to mission requirements. If agreed upon, the PA office will schedule another point of interest on JBSA-Lackland in place of the aircraft tour.**
The Alamo Wing is an exciting part of your community and an excellent resource and educational tool for groups interested in aviation or a career in the U.S. Air Force. Base tours are conducted on Thursdays for groups of 20-40 people, on a first come, first-served basis during the months of April through October. Priority scheduling is given to Junior ROTC students and other youth groups serving high-school-age students. Civic and business organizations or senior citizen groups are also welcome. Elementary or middle-school-age groups are encouraged to visit the Lackland Air Museum. The tour schedule fills up quickly, so contact Community Relations early. It could take up to 30 days from when it receives the request to when it will have the tour set up. All requests are accommodated based on the operational schedule of the 433rd Airlift Wing. To begin the process of setting up a base tour, click here and fill out the Base Tour Request Form. E-mail or fax requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 925-0317.
The Speaker's Bureau
The Speaker's Bureau gives Air Force people the chance to interact directly with its neighbors in the community, professional organizations, schools, businesses and civic organizations. Our speakers consist of personnel from a wide-array of job descriptions and include personnel from the rank of Airman First Class to Colonel. Most organizations request speakers to talk about the C-5M Super Galaxy, the 433rd Airlift Wing's mission, the Air Force Reserve's mission, specific job descriptions or personal experiences in the Air Force. Your organization may request someone to speak on those topics listed above or anything else you feel appropriate. We will try to match up a speaker to your specific request. If you would like to schedule a speaker for one of your organization's gatherings, click here. Email or fax the completed form to email@example.com or (210) 925-0317. Please send requests at least one month prior to your event.
Aerial Event Requests
Community Relations helps facilitate flyover and static display requests that the 433rd Airlift Wing performs in the community; however, the process does not start with this office. To start a request, you must submit a DD Form 2535 online, which can be found at www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil, and receive approval from the Air Force Aerial Events office at the Pentagon. The 433rd Airlift Wing can only consider your request after you have approval from the Pentagon. Flyovers are considered for aviation-related and patriotic observances held in conjunction with Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Day, or Veterans Day (event must be within seven days of the actual holiday dates to be considered). There are some exceptions to policies; those not meeting the criteria can possibly be approved one-time only as an Exception-to-Policy event, provided there is sufficient rationale for support. The request process takes approximately 60 days to complete.
Honorary Commanders Program
The Honorary Commanders Program provides the 433rd Airlift Wing commander a valuable community outreach opportunity. The program expands the wing's ability to foster relationships between local civic and business leaders and base personnel. It also serves as an excellent vehicle for promoting a better understanding of the Air Force Reserve Command, the 433rd Airlift Wing and its training mission. The 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs office administers this program for the wing commander. A community or corporate leader is assigned to each of the 433rd Airlift Wing's 24 senior leaders. New Honorary Commanders are inducted bi-annually in a reception and ceremony. For more information on the program, click here.
The Alamo Wing Blue Jacket Squadron
The Alamo Wing Blue Jacket Squadron is the community support and advocacy group for the 433rd Airlift Wing. Blue Jacket members are business people, elected officials, military retirees and a diverse group of citizens who support the wing and its men and women. The BJS Board of Directors consists of 40 prominent business, civic and government leaders from the greater San Antonio community.
Pilot for a Day Program
The 433rd Airlift Wing in partnership with the Children's Hospital of San Antonio sponsors the Pilot for a Day program. The goal of the program is to provide children, who have serious or chronic conditions, and their families the opportunity to be a guest of the 433rd AW for a day. The program strives to give children a special day as an honorary pilot and a break from the challenges they face. Children are selected for the program by the Children's Hospital of San Antonio. For many children with severe, but not "terminal" illnesses, the Pilot for a Day Program is a significant milestone in their recovery.
The day begins with a brief "swearing in" ceremony at the host squadron, making the child an honorary pilot for the day. A host pilot accompanies the child throughout the day, answering questions and ensuring the child and their family have a memorable experience while visiting the "Alamo Wing." The host pilot also provides a tour of several squadrons within the wing, which may include trying on flight equipment and getting an up-close look at the C-5M.
433rd AW Public Affairs Office
100 Galaxy Rd. Suite 202
Joint Base San Antonio- Lackland, TX 78236-0112
Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Unit Training Assembly weekends: 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public Affairs Support Request:
Complete the Air Force Form 833, Multimedia Work Order. *This is a fillable form. It must be saved to the local computer and then opened in a PDF reader*.
Once the form is complete, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
433rd AW Office/Phone Directory
Official photos are conducted at 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Please visit the 502 ABW/PA page for additional information: https://www.jbsa.mil/Resources/Multimedia-Public-Affairs/.
Want to register a comment or concern about 433rd AW flight operations? It's simple -- call (210) 925-5194 or send an email to: email@example.com
The following information should be included if you are leaving a message or sending an email.
Date of Concern:
Time of Concern:
Major Cross Streets of Concern:
Estimated Altitude of Aircraft (if known):
Direction of Flight (if known):
Description of Aircraft:
Weather Conditions at time of concern:
If you would like a returned email or phone call, this must also be specified.
Your concern will be forwarded to the proper authority.