340th Flying Training Group hosts spring MUTA

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander, coins Lt. Col. Charlan Poirson at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.  Poirson was celebrated during the unit's MUTA, June 8-9 in recognition of her being named to the Key Personnel List and for her service as the Group’s Deputy Commander. She will soon depart for a new position working for Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore at the Air Reserve Personnel Center. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander, coins Lt. Col. Charlan Poirson at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Poirson was celebrated during the unit's MUTA, June 8-9 in recognition of her being named to the Key Personnel List and for her service as the Group’s Deputy Commander. She will soon depart for a new position working for Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore at the Air Reserve Personnel Center. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander, coins retired Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano after she shared her story of  resilience and recovery at the unit's spring MUTA on June 8 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Lopez-Arellano  lost her right leg in a 2015 motorcycle crash. She went on to compete and medal several times at the Air Force Warrior Games and Invictus. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander, coins retired Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano after she shared her story of resilience and recovery at the unit's spring MUTA on June 8 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Lopez-Arellano lost her right leg in a 2015 motorcycle crash. She went on to compete and medal several times at the Air Force Warrior Games and Invictus. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Michael Vanzo, 340 Flying Training Group Director of Operations, explores the Wingman Toolkit with Senior Master Sgt. Diana Marlette, Yellow Ribbon Program event coordinator with the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Marlette briefed 340 FTG Citizen Airmen on the YRP during the unit's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas on June 8-9. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Michael Vanzo, 340 Flying Training Group Director of Operations, explores the Wingman Toolkit with Senior Master Sgt. Diana Marlette, Yellow Ribbon Program event coordinator with the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Marlette briefed 340 FTG Citizen Airmen on the YRP during the unit's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas on June 8-9. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander (Top left), poses for a photo with members of the Group’s Undergraduate Flight Training team to celebrate their receipt of the Air Force Reserve Command's Gen. George Kenny Lessons Learned Award. The award was presented during the unit's spring MUTA held June 8-9 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Other members pictured are (top back row-center) Lt. Col. Lee Glenn, Senior Master Sgt. Samuel Caballero. (middle row l-r) Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill, Lt. Col. Timothy Chapman and Master Sgt. Randy Alvis. (Front row) Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, Tech. Sgt. Natasha Todd and Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group Commander (Top left), poses for a photo with members of the Group’s Undergraduate Flight Training team to celebrate their receipt of the Air Force Reserve Command's Gen. George Kenny Lessons Learned Award. The award was presented during the unit's spring MUTA held June 8-9 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Other members pictured are (top back row-center) Lt. Col. Lee Glenn, Senior Master Sgt. Samuel Caballero. (middle row l-r) Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill, Lt. Col. Timothy Chapman and Master Sgt. Randy Alvis. (Front row) Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, Tech. Sgt. Natasha Todd and Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group commander, shares recent Facebook and website stats during the unit’s spring MUTA June 8-9 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He encouraged members to use these and other internal communication tools to showcase the unit's airmen and highlight the details of the mission. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz)

Col. Roger Suro, 340 Flying Training Group commander, shares recent Facebook and website stats during the unit’s spring MUTA June 8-9 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. He encouraged members to use these and other internal communication tools to showcase the unit's airmen and highlight the details of the mission. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz)

Master Sgt.Sarah Cornelius and Larry Tutor, 340 Flying Training Group Director of Staff, grill up burgers and brats during the Group picnic held after the Group's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG, Public Affairs)

Master Sgt.Sarah Cornelius and Larry Tutor, 340 Flying Training Group Director of Staff, grill up burgers and brats during the Group picnic held after the Group's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG, Public Affairs)

Maj. Teresa Davies, 340 Flying Training Group Deputy Chief, Plans and Programs (foreground), samples goodies at the Group's picnic after the unit's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9. Other Citizen Airmen sampling the delights are (L-R) Maj. Joya Gamara, 340 FTG Executive Officer, Master Sgt. Joe Jimenez and Anthony Smith. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs)

Maj. Teresa Davies, 340 Flying Training Group Deputy Chief, Plans and Programs (foreground), samples goodies at the Group's picnic after the unit's spring MUTA at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9. Other Citizen Airmen sampling the delights are (L-R) Maj. Joya Gamara, 340 FTG Executive Officer, Master Sgt. Joe Jimenez and Anthony Smith. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs)

Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill (L) and Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras sample goodies at the 340 Flying Training Group's picnic after the unit's spring MUTA held at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9.. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs)

Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill (L) and Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras sample goodies at the 340 Flying Training Group's picnic after the unit's spring MUTA held at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, June 8-9.. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs)

Col. Roger Suro (L), Maj. Thallas Lumpkin, Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius, Lt. Col. Timonthy Chaman andMaster Sgt. Derrick Worthy discuss how to load the bouce house on the trailer after the family picnic following the 340 FTG MUTA held at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas on June 8-9.  (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

Col. Roger Suro (L), Maj. Thallas Lumpkin, Master Sgt. Sarah Cornelius, Lt. Col. Timonthy Chaman andMaster Sgt. Derrick Worthy discuss how to load the bouce house on the trailer after the family picnic following the 340 FTG MUTA held at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas on June 8-9. (Photo by Janis El Shabazz, 340 FTG Public Affairs).

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas --

The 340th Flying Training Group held its spring mandatory unit training assembly (MUTA) at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, on June 8-9.

 

During the MUTA, Col. Roger Suro, 340 FTG commander, presented an overview of his strategic priorities, his leadership vision, and emphasized adherence to Department of Defense and Air Force Reserve Command diversity and inclusion initiatives. He communicated to the Citizen Airmen of the 340 FTG that showing respect for fellow Airmen through diversity and inclusion does not mean simply tolerating them; it means getting to know them and learning to accept them even though they might be different from you. Further, he said, “To remain the world’s greatest Air Force we must fully and inclusively leverage the talents of all our Airmen. We can best serve the Airmen of today and tomorrow by showing them by example how to become servant leaders. If we take care of the people -- they will take care of the mission.”

 

Airmen also received briefings on the Blended Retirement System, the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program and the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program.

 

The YRP presentation by Senior Master Sgt. Diana Marlette featured information on the Wingman Toolkit’s four quadrants:  mental, physical, spiritual and social. Marlette explained that the goal of the YRP is to educate and empower warriors and their families by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.

 

After a brief overview of the Air Force Wounded Warrior program, MUTA attendees received a resilience testimony briefing from Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano, who lost her right leg in a motorcycle crash in 2015.

 

Lopez-Arellano said that after the crash she thought she was going to die but a little voice inside her would not let her give up. She said her love for sports aided her healing. Lopez-Arellano signed up for AFW2 warrior events and adaptive and rehabilitative sports training. A year after her crash, she competed in the Air Force Trials for wounded warriors and gained confidence by earning invitations to the Invictus and Warrior Games. She captured two gold medals in rugby and hand cycling, and three silver medals in shotput, discus and in another hand cycling event at the Invictus Games. Lopez-Arellano said, “Don't overwhelm yourself thinking about the future. Take it one day at a time. As long as you put the hard work into it, you can do whatever you want."

 

Several airmen received medals during the two-day MUTA:

 

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal - Col. Michael Vanzo, Maj. Teresa Davies and Master Sgt. Kourtney Willich

Air Force Commendation Medal – Tech. Sgt. Gilberto Hernandez III and Staff Sgt. Janina White

 

HQ AFRC/FM Chief Master Sgt. Larry P. Gonzales Superintendent OTY 2016 - Senior Master Sgt. Michelle Cartagena


Recognition

AFRC General George Kenney Lessons Learned Award – Undergraduate Flying Training: Lt. Col. Timothy Chapman, Lt. Col. Lee Glenn, Lt. Col. Brian Frisbey, Maj. Hunter Letchman, Maj. Laura Andrade, Maj. Andrew Grieb, Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill, Master Sgt. Randy Alvis and Tech. Sgt. Natasha Todd.

 

AFRC Surgeon General Seasonal Influenza Immunizations Program Superior Performance Award Group Category. - 340 FTG, Master Sgt. Jennifer Robles

 

Annual Awards

Instructor Pilot - Maj. Amy Lewis, 70 FTS

Company Grade Officer - Capt. Katrina Gagner, 5 FTS

Field Grade Officer - Maj Jonathon Somogyi, 39 FTS

Support Officer – Lt. Col. Sara Linck, 5 FTS

Citizen Airman – Maj. Christina Hopper, 5 FTS

Senior Noncommissioned Officer – Master Sgt Jason Wagner, 433 TRS

Noncommissioned Officer – Tech. Sgt. Hugo Escobedo, 433 TRS

 

First Quarter

Instructor Pilot - Maj. Wade Dahlgreen, 96 FTS

Company Grade Officer - Capt. Heather Fletcher, 96 FTS

Field Grade Officer - Maj. Charles Albertson, 43 FTS

Support Officer – Maj. Joya Gamara, 340 FTG

Citizen Airman – Lt. Col. Felicia Mohr, 70 FTS

Senior Noncommissioned Officer - Master Sgt. Greg Brown, 340 FTG

Noncommissioned Officer – Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel, 340 FTG

 

Certificate of Service – Ms. Kristal Gault – 10 years

 

Combined Federal Campaign Gold Award for Superior Achievement – Technical Sgt. Brianne Blackstock

 

Key Personnel List – Col. Charlan Poirson (MAF), Col. Sean Bittner (CAF), Lt. Col. Wendy Woodard (MAF), Maj. Stacie Billington (CAF), Maj. Brandon LaValley (CAF) and Maj. Joya Gamara (BSC)

 

Several members were also recognized for outstanding educational achievements and perfect physical fitness scores.

 

Education

Tech. Sgt. Nimsi Martinez Flores– Esthetician license, Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel – NCOLDC and Whalen Baptist University President’s List Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, Tech. Sgt. Faith Wells – NCOLDC, Tech. Sgt. Roxanne Rodriguez – NCOLDC, Tech. Sgt. Corrin Pardaen – NCOA, and Staff Sgt. Karif Cortiella – NCOLDC

 

Fitness Excellence

Col. Roger Suro, Lt. Col. Mark Hiatt, Lt. Col. Brain Frisbey, Lt. Col. Woody Halstead, Maj. Myla Abejuela, Capt. Matt Miller, 1st Lt. Jairus Wilkerson, Senior Master Sgt. Samuel Caballero, Senior Master Sgt. Laura Merritt, Tech. Sgt. Jessica Aloy, Tech. Sgt. Nimsi Martinez Flores, Staff Sgt. Janina White and Staff Sgt. Donte Russell 

 

Suro ended the commander’s call portion of the MUTA by zeroing in on one of his strategic priorities: showcasing the value of the 340 FTG. Suro shared recent Facebook and 340 FTG website stats encouraging everyone to engage with and promote the 340 FTG’s online presence.

 

The day ended with a picnic and family fun in Eberle Park.