JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas --
Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson, 22nd AF command chief, spoke with members of the 340th Flying Training Group Tuesday, taking the opportunity to visit the 39th Flying Training Squadron and 433rd Training Squadron, as well.
The guests started their visit with an informal discussion with group leaders, during which members presented the unit mission briefing, as well as an undergrad flying training overview that included a look at methods to meet anticipated future requirements.
During his visit with the 39th, the general accepted an offer to fly in the back seat during a T-38 training mission.
The chief spent her afternoon with the 433rd, where she discussed manning, recruiting and other issues with squadron leadership. During the visit, 433rd MTI Tech. Sergeant Crystal Charriere escorted the chief and squadron leaders on military training squadron tour. Charriere was recently named the 22AF 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, noncommissioned officer category.
The general, who assumed command of 22nd AF in November, has commanded at the squadron and wing levels, served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and completed combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a command pilot with over 13,000 flying hours, including more than 5,000 military flying hours and 320 combat flying hours in numerous overseas contingency operations. In his civilian job, he is an airline captain with a major U.S. carrier.
The chief, a military member for nearly 30 years, started her career in the fuels field, served as a military training instructor, and later transitioned into the military justice field, serving as the Reserve command paralegal career field manager and the command Chief of enlisted force development prior to accepting her first command chief position at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.