340th FTG spotlights exceptional performers, resilience during Fall MUTA Published Oct. 29, 2021 By Jet Fabara 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- After a challenging year amidst COVID operations, the 340th Flying Training Group held its fall mandatory unit training assembly Oct. 28-29 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The 340th FTG usually holds two-day drill training periods bi-annually. Col. Michael Vanzo, 340th FTG commander, commenced his commander’s call by thanking and recognizing members for their steadfast commitment and perseverance amidst a challenging season of personnel requirements and budgeting constraints. During his final remarks, he also took time to unveil a unit patch honoring the life of Mrs. Regina Somogyi. Chief Master Sgt. Scott Goetze, 340th FTG command chief, also thanked all the team members during what would be his last MUTA with the Group before retiring. There he addressed the state of the enlisted force, highlighted those who received awards, recognitions, promotions, decorations, and completed professional military education. The commander recognized the following members for exceptional performance in the following respective categories: Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award Undergraduate Flying Training Team Wingman Saves Staff Sgt. Bryce Johnson, 340th FTG Financial Management Quarterly Awards (3rd Quarter) NCO: Tech. Sgt. Daniel Grove, Center of Excellence SNCO: Senior Master Sgt. Vianca Contreras, 97th Flying Training Squadron Civilian (Category- II): Ms. Beverly Peden, 43rd FTS Citizen Airman: Maj. Chris Ross, 70th FTS CGO: Capt. Paul Moriarty, 96th FTS FGO: Maj. Charles Fuller, 97th FTS Instructor: Maj. James Baker, 5th FTS Support Officer: Maj. Kelly Kareis, 39th FTS Flight Commander: Maj. Chris Sommerfield, 96th FTS Promotions Airman 1st Class Vanessa Flores Senior Airman Charles Brantley Tech. Sgt. Isabel Chea-Gause Master Sgt. Michael Fagan Master Sgt. Kyle Gossen Master Sgt. Jenna DiMauro Lt. Col. Aric Wagner Fitness Excellence Senior Master Sgt. Derrick Brown Master Sgt. Christian Delgado On-the-Spot Awards Over the past seven months, the senior NCO council and group commander identified exceptional members of the staff and honored them for their contributions with an on-the-spot award. In addition to public acknowledgement of their efforts, award winners get to park in the commander’s parking space for a week. On-the-Spot Award winners since May 2021 included the following: Master Sgt. Melissa Klinksiek Master Sgt. Christian Delgado Master Sgt. Kyle Gossen Tech. Sgt. Brett Daniel Senior Airman Kimarie Suacedo Mr. Shane McDonald Mr. Bernie Aleman Professional Military Education Senior Master Sgt. Tricia Adolphues – Reserve Component National Security Course Master Sgt. Tye McBride – NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course Tech. Sgt. Dan Grove – NATO Staff Officer Orientation Course Tech. Sgt. Isabel Chea-Gause – Military Reserve Exchange Program The group also bid farewell to 14 members, and welcomed four new headquarters teammates. The next MUTA is slated for March 2022.