340th FTG commander coins 433rd Training Squadron instructor

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  • By Janis El Shabazz, 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs

340th Flying Training Group Commander Col. Allen Duckworth coined Master Sgt. Jason Wagner, 433rd Training Squadron, during the squadron’s June unit training assembly to recognize the senior noncommissioned officer for exceptional performance.


Located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, the 433rd TRS (part of the 340th Flying Training Group) is the only Air Force Reserve’s military training instructor unit. The 340th also manages undergraduate flying training, instructor pilot training and U.S. Air Force Academy Airmanship programs at six flying squadrons with a combined total of 400-plus instructor pilots.


When the previous 433rd superintendent left, Wagner immediately stepped up, assuming those duties as well as duties as military functional area manager and operations flight chief. Prior to donning his many military hats, he completed requirements for the Air Education and Training Command Instructor Master Badge, signaling that he’s among the top 8 percent of all AETC instructors. Further, he earned his MTI Blue rope, which is reserved for the top 10 percent of the MTI Corps.


Wagner said that in his family, serving others - and military service - is a big deal. Both of his parents were firefighters, his stepdad was in the Air Force and his grandfather served during the Korean conflict.


The Santa Cruz, California native brought a variety of interests and experiences to his military career. While still in high school, he was a sports medicine technician. As an Airman, he has been a police officer, volunteer firefighter and an emergency medical technician. Wagner was assigned to the 433rd after an initial six-year active duty enlistment and a few years working in the civilian sector. When he left active duty, he knew he was headed for a job as a reserve MTI, he said.


A prime example of total force integration, 433rd MTIs operate side by side, cohesively and seamlessly, with their active duty mission partners.


 Lt. Col. Chris Victoria, 433rd TRS commander, said Wagner has been a key subject matter expert and advisor, and deftly bridged the gap the squadron experienced because of key leadership position vacancies. Victoria announced Wagner’s selection for promotion to senior master sergeant, as well.