340th Flying Training Group hosts December MUTA

Staff Sgt.  Brett Daniel being promoted to Tech. Sgt. by Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Staff Sgt. Brett Daniel being promoted to Tech. Sgt. by Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

New Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel gets his stripes tacked on by Master Sgt. Amy Whitman-Rector and his supervisor Master Sgt. Jason Daniels. at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

New Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel gets his stripes tacked on by Master Sgt. Amy Whitman-Rector and his supervisor Master Sgt. Jason Daniels. at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Gregory Brown stands with 340th FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro (L) and Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris, group superintendent to receive a Joint Service Achievement Medal during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Gregory Brown stands with 340th FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro (L) and Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris, group superintendent to receive a Joint Service Achievement Medal during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill during  the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander presents a Meritorious Service Medal to Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock receives an Air Force Commendation Medal from 340th FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro  at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock receives an Air Force Commendation Medal from 340th FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 FTG commander congratulates Kristal Gault for multiple public affairs communication excellence awards from USAFE-AFRICA during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 FTG commander congratulates Kristal Gault for winning multiple public affairs communication excellence awards from USAFE-AFRICA during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Gilberto Hernandez stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas  to recognize his selection as a 2016 AFRC Lance P. Sijan nominee (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Gilberto Hernandez stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas to recognize his selection as a 2016 AFRC Lance P. Sijan nominee (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Senior Master Sgt. Kwame Tawiah stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas  to recognize his selection as Humane Society Volunteer of the Month. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Senior Master Sgt. Kwame Tawiah stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas to recognize his selection as Humane Society Volunteer of the Month. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius being coined by Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander for her work with the Green Dot Program, as group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris stands by to congratulate the member during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius being coined by Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander for her work with the Green Dot Program, as group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris stands by to congratulate the member during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Derrick Worthy (2nd from left) Stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander, Maj. Thallas Lumpkin, 340th FTG comptroller and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas  to commemorate his  receipt of Department of Defense certification in financial management during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Derrick Worthy (2nd from left) Stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander, Maj. Thallas Lumpkin, 340th FTG comptroller and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas to commemorate his receipt of Department of Defense certification in financial management during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris to receive  a diamond sharp award for the 2nd quarter during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras stands with Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris to receive a diamond sharp award for the 2nd quarter during the group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Pamela Lilly receives a quarterly award for the 2nd quarter from Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander (L) and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Pamela Lilly receives a quarterly award for the 2nd quarter from Col. Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander (L) and group superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Col Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander (L),  and Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris present Lt. Col. Woodrow Halstead (center) with the award for citizen airman of the quarter, third quarter during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Col Roger Suro, 340th FTG commander (L), and Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris present Lt. Col. Woodrow Halstead (center) with the award for citizen airman of the quarter, third quarter during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Tech. Sgt. Corrin receives recognition and congratulations for the work she did to organize and manage the events  for the Air Force Reserve Command's Senior NCO Leadership Development Course held here Nov. 4-5 (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Tech. Sgt. Corrin receives recognition and congratulations for the work she did to organize and manage the events for the Air Force Reserve Command's Senior NCO Leadership Development Course held here Nov. 4-5 (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris, 340th FTG  group superintendent (center) stands with Senior Master Sgts. (L to R) Jon Rousseaux, Laura Garcia, Laura Merritt, Michele Cartagena and Kwame Tawiah during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas as 340 FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro recognizes them for the leadership and mentorship they provide to the junior enlisted Airmen (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Chief Master Sgt. Jimmie Morris, 340th FTG group superintendent (center) stands with Senior Master Sgts. (L to R) Jon Rousseaux, Laura Garcia, Laura Merritt, Michele Cartagena and Kwame Tawiah during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas as 340 FTG commander, Col. Roger Suro recognizes them for the leadership and mentorship they provide to the junior enlisted Airmen (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius presents a brief on the Green Dot program during the 340th Flying Training Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius presents a brief on the Green Dot program during the 340th Flying Training Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill, presents a brief on cyber awareness during the 340 Flying Training Group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill, presents a brief on cyber awareness during the 340 Flying Training Group’s Dec. 1 MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Jason Daniels presents a brief on the government travel card during the 340th Flying Training Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2  at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Jason Daniels presents a brief on the government travel card during the 340th Flying Training Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Madison, Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, Master Sgt. Tainell and Tech. Sgt.  Corrin Pardaen  jots down suggestions to distract someone who appears intent on causing harm to another person during a Green Dot exercise at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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Master Sgt. Jeffrey Madison, Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, Master Sgt. Tainell and Tech. Sgt. Corrin Pardaen jots down suggestions to distract someone who appears intent on causing harm to another person during a Green Dot exercise at the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

New Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel serves up pieces of  cake at the celebration honoring his promotion during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).
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New Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel serves up pieces of cake at the celebration honoring his promotion during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Janis El Shabazz).

Members of the 340th FTG gather for a  group photo during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Joel Martinez, 502nd ABW Public Affairs).
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Members of the 340th FTG gather for a group photo during the Group's MUTA held Dec. 1-2 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (Photo by Joel Martinez, 502nd ABW Public Affairs).

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --


The 340th Flying Training Group held its December mandatory unit training Assembly (MUTA) at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on Dec. 1-2.

During the MUTA Col. Roger Suro, 340th Flying Training Group commander, presented an overview of his leadership vision, key strategic priorities and a review of the results of the latest climate survey. He said the 340th needs critical thinkers, rapid innovators and moral actors. “In reviewing the latest survey I found that we are getting better. For the most part, folks like working here and they feel that our team is cohesive and shows appreciation for diversity and the skills that each member has to offer, but we still have some work to do.”

 

Our communication is not where it needs to be,” Suro said. “We need to have more intersections and less interruptions. This will require folks to be willing to push past their comfort zone and take smart risks to get us to that next level.”

 

Next, various program managers conducted training on protection of privacy information, military personnel records information update reminders, the Green Dot program, operations security and readiness, social media vulnerabilities and an overview of usage regulations for the government travel card. Additionally, the Four Lenses training was presented per special request from the commander. This training supports Suro’s strategic priority of developing exceptional Airmen. in line with the strategic priority of developing exceptional Airmen.

 

The commander’s call on Dec. 2 included a 340th FTG member’s promotion to technical sergeant and various award presentations and recognitions.

 

Promotion

Staff Sgt. Brett Daniel was promoted to technical sergeant. In 2014, then Senior Airman Daniel, came to the 340 FTG on a temporary duty assignment to provide support for the military pay section and has since become a member of the group headquarters staff.

 

Daniel’s supervisor, Master Sgt. Jason Daniels, said he was elated to see Daniel tacking on a new stripe. He went on to say, “Sergeant Daniel has always displayed the highest of Air Force standards. Brett’s character, along with his breadth and depth of knowledge of military pay processes, far exceeds that of peers of his same rank. He is well deserving of this promotion.”

 

Medal Presentations

 

Master Sgt. Gregory Brown – Brown received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for performance demonstrated Oct. 2014 to May 2016 while serving as senior SharePoint administrator at the Xperience Design Division, Xerperience Key Component, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia.

 

Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill–Pettengill received the Meritorious Service Medal for performance demonstrated while serving as non-commissioned officer-in-charge of knowledge operations for the 433rd Operations Group at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas-Lackland, Texas, from Aug. 13 2013 to March 2016.

 

Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock – Blackstock received the Air Force Commendation Medal for performance demonstrated from Dec. 2010 to April 2016 while assigned to the 440th Airlift Wing, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina.

 

 

Recognition

 

Kristal Gault – Gault was recognized for winning the U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa individual outstanding communication excellence award and she was also part of the team that won the USAFE-AFRICA award for public affairs communication effectiveness. Finally, she was also a member of the team that won the Air Force best crisis communication award.

 

Maj. Brandon LaValley - AFRC 2016 Lance P. Sijan Award nominee

Tech. Sgt. Gilberto Hernandez - AFRC 2016 Lance P. Sijan Award nominee

Senior Master Sgt. Kwame Tawiah - Humane Society Volunteer of the Month

Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius - Coined by the commander for her work with the Green Dot program

1st Lt. Jairus Wilkerson, Master Sgt. Derrick Worthy and Tech. Sgt. Jessica Aloy - Department of Defense Financial Management Certification

 

Quarterly Award Winners

 

2nd Quarter

 

Maj. Andrew Judkins, 70th Flying Training Squadron, field grade officer

Maj. Megan Pasierb, 39th Flying Training Squadron, support officer

Maj. Klayton Ives, 39th Flying Training Squadron, citizen airman

Capt. Pol-Enrico Gonzalez, 96th Flying Training Squadron, company grade officer

Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, 340th FTG, diamond sharp award

Master Sgt. Shling Davis, 70th Flying Training Squadron, diamond sharp award

Maj. Mike Herold, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, instructor pilot

Master Sgt. Pamela Lilly, 340th FTG, senior non-commissioned officer

Tech. Sgt. Amanda Macfarlane, 433rd Training Squadron, non-commissioned officer

 

3rd Quarter

 

Lt. Col. Woodrow Halstead, 340th FTG, citizen airman of the quarter

Maj. Harrison Stell, 96th Flying Training Squadron, instructor pilot

Maj. Nicole Bain, 5th Flying Training Squadron, field grade officer

Maj. Heather Benn, 96th Flying Training Squadron, support officer

Capt. Robert Muther, 5th Flying Training Squadron, company grade officer

Master Sgt. Adriana Torres, 39th Flying Training Squadron, diamond sharp award

Master Sgt. Gregory Brown, 340th FTG, diamond sharp award

Master Sgt. Richard Neal, 43rd Flying Training Squadron, senior non-commissioned officer

Tech. Sgt. Jack Lozano, 433rd Training Squadron, non-commissioned officer

 

Several members were also recognized for outstanding educational achievements.

 

The unit gathered on the Randolph flight line on Dec. 2 to take a group photo and assembly activities were capped off by a visit from Santa at the unit’s holiday party at the conclusion of official MUTA events.