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  • Duckworth takes command of 97th Flying Training Squadron

    Lt. Col. Allen “JAKS” Duckworth assumed command of the 97th Flying Training Squadron from Lt. Col. William Kennedy during a change of command ceremony held at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, April 28, 2017.Duckworth is responsible for the participation and operations of 26 Active Guard and reserve and Associate Reserve Technician s well as 50
  • Reserve Student Pilot Chosen for Instructor Duties

    This year, for the first time in the history of the 340th Flying Training Group, a reservist will become a First Assignment Instructor Pilot. Maj. William “Bubba” Pope will start his FAIP assignment with the 96th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin Air Force Base, Del Rio, Texas, this summer. “Maj. Pope has an outstanding personality and demeanor
  • RESILIENCY: One Airman’s story of faith and service

    Senior Master Sgt. Jon Rousseaux was like many children who grew up in a military family. The self-described man of faith and service followed his father, a retired chief, into the Air Force -- and after 19 years, he is still at it. In fact, he just reenlisted for four more years. Rousseaux’s years of service have strengthened his faith and
  • New AETC video reflects on the value of duty within the First Command

    NOTE:  This video was narrated by Technical Sgt. Raymond Santiago, a military training instructor with  the 340th Flying Traing Group, 433rd Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.“Every Airman bears a responsibility – not to self, but to our fellow Airmen, to our country. To ensure that when we hang up our uniform at the end
  • Resilience binds reservist’s family during times of trial

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas-- Air Force Instruction 90-506, which establishes the requirements for Comprehensive Airman Fitness to enhance the resilience of individuals, families and communities, defines resilience as “the ability to withstand, recover and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands.”Overcoming their trials and
  • 180-day civilian hiring restriction reinstated for military retirees

    Military retirees seeking to enter civil service in the Department of Defense now require a waiver if they are within 180 days following their official date of retirement.The new DoD requirement took effect Dec. 23, 2016, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of fiscal year 2017. However, personnel who fall under a special salary rate
  • Citizen Airmen recognized for DOD-wide impact

    Retired Lt. Col. Todd Ernst believes the notion of “taking care of the military family” starts with taking care of your fellow Airmen. At a ceremony held here on Feb. 13, Ernst was recognized for doing just that. His efforts to help a fallen airman’s family led to a legislative change that ensures the more than 700,000 currently serving Reserve and
  • Reserve Affairs senior civilian visits 340 FTG

    The 340th Flying Training Group hosted John Fedrigo, deputy assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Reserve Affairs and Airman Readiness, here on Feb. 13. During the visit, Fedrigo was briefed on the 340 FTG mission and experienced the operations firsthand.As a member of the Senior Executive Service charged with planning, establishing policy for
  • Talking About Training

    A military training instructor from the 433rd Training Squadron at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, visited the 307th Bomb Wing Feb. 11, 2017, looking for the best of the best to help train the future of the U.S. Air Force. Master Sgt. Carlos Recoder, 433rd TRS MTI, came to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., to recruit Air Force Reserve members as
  • 39th Flying Training Squadron hosts leadership forum

    The 39th Flying Training Squadron hosted leadership expert Dr. Gordon Curphy for an in-depth look into squadron mission and leadership practices on Jan. 18 at the Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Parr Officer’s Club. Curphy, a previous Air Force Academy graduate and instructor, helps organizations improve leadership bench strength, coach senior
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