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From start to finish: Air Force Reserve MTI's lead BMT total force flights

Air Force basic military training trainees listen closely to Military Training Instructor Master Sgt. Michael Hernandez, Reserve Citizen Airman with the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Attention to detail, discipline and teamwork learned at this stage enabled trainees to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

Air Force basic military training trainees listen closely to Military Training Instructor Master Sgt. Michael Hernandez, Reserve Citizen Airman with the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Attention to detail, discipline and teamwork learned at this stage enabled trainees to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Thomas Cooper, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, shows his trainees what sharp and disciplined drill looks like during the early weeks of basic military training. Cooper and his fellow training instructors instilled drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, history, leadership, teamwork, integrity, and more in their trainees, enabling them to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Thomas Cooper, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, shows his trainees what sharp and disciplined drill looks like during the early weeks of basic military training. Cooper and his fellow training instructors instilled drill and ceremony, customs and courtesies, history, leadership, teamwork, integrity, and more in their trainees, enabling them to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Christina Rapolla, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, leads her flight in drill during the early weeks of basic military training. Attention to detail, discipline and teamwork learned at this stage enabled trainees to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Christina Rapolla, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, leads her flight in drill during the early weeks of basic military training. Attention to detail, discipline and teamwork learned at this stage enabled trainees to succeed and graduate during ceremonies held here Dec. 14. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sy Pinthong)

433rd Training Squadron military training instructors (left) call out cadence and encourage their trainees (right) during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

433rd Training Squadron military training instructors (left) call out cadence and encourage their trainees (right) during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria, 433rd Training Squadron Commander, and his operations director Maj. Heather Benn lead their squadron during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria, 433rd Training Squadron Commander, and his operations director Maj. Heather Benn lead their squadron during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Basic military training students and their military training instructor from the 433rd Training Squadron run in formation during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Basic military training students and their military training instructor from the 433rd Training Squadron run in formation during the pre-basic military training graduation Airmen’s run at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

433rd Training Squadron military training instructors prepare their flights to receive the Airman’s coin, a symbol of the trainees’ completion of basic military training during pre-basic military training graduation events at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

433rd Training Squadron military training instructors prepare their flights to receive the Airman’s coin, a symbol of the trainees’ completion of basic military training during pre-basic military training graduation events at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Prentiss Carver, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, presents the Airman’s coin to one of his trainees during the Dec. 13 Airman’s coin presentation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The ceremony occurs the day before basic military training graduation and symbolizes that the trainee has completed BMT requirements and has earned the right to be called Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Military Training Instructor Tech. Sgt. Prentiss Carver, 433rd Training Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman, presents the Airman’s coin to one of his trainees during the Dec. 13 Airman’s coin presentation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. The ceremony occurs the day before basic military training graduation and symbolizes that the trainee has completed BMT requirements and has earned the right to be called Airman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

Family and friends of the newly minted Airmen rush to the flights to congratulate their Airmen following the basic military training week Dec. 13 Airman’s coin presentation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Family and friends of the newly minted Airmen rush to the flights to congratulate their Airmen following the basic military training week Dec. 13 Airman’s coin presentation ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders and his daughter - special guests of the 433rd Training Squadron - talk with new Air Force Airmen and their families following the pre-basic military training graduation Airman’s coin ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders and his daughter - special guests of the 433rd Training Squadron - talk with new Air Force Airmen and their families following the pre-basic military training graduation Airman’s coin ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders, poses with Reserve Citizen Airmen command chief master sergeants following the pre-basic military training graduation Airman’s coin ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. Pictured with Colonel Cole are (left to right) Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson, 22nd Air Force command chief; Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Air Force Reserve Command command chief; Chief Master Sgt. James Loper, 10th Air Force command chief; and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White, 4th Air Force command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders, poses with Reserve Citizen Airmen command chief master sergeants following the pre-basic military training graduation Airman’s coin ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. Pictured with Colonel Cole are (left to right) Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson, 22nd Air Force command chief; Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Air Force Reserve Command command chief; Chief Master Sgt. James Loper, 10th Air Force command chief; and Chief Master Sgt. Timothy White, 4th Air Force command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Master Sgt. Rosalind Rider-Page, 433rd Training Squadron, prepares to assist Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole from the stage following his question-and-answer session at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Dec. 13. Colonel Cole is the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders. He and his daughter were special guests of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Master Sgt. Rosalind Rider-Page, 433rd Training Squadron, prepares to assist Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole from the stage following his question-and-answer session at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Dec. 13. Colonel Cole is the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders. He and his daughter were special guests of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders was a special guest of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. Following a question and answer session, 433rd TRS Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria presented Cole with a memento to remind him of his visit with the 433rd “Raiders” at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders was a special guest of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. Following a question and answer session, 433rd TRS Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria presented Cole with a memento to remind him of his visit with the 433rd “Raiders” at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders was a special guest of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. Following a question and answer session at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13, Cole presented 433rd TRS Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria with a memento to hang in the squadron and remind members of the WWII heroes for whom the group was named 433rd “Raiders.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last living member of the World War II Doolittle Raiders was a special guest of the 433rd Training Squadron during basic military training graduation week activities. Following a question and answer session at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas Dec. 13, Cole presented 433rd TRS Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria with a memento to hang in the squadron and remind members of the WWII heroes for whom the group was named 433rd “Raiders.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria, 433rd Training Squadron commander, welcomes guests to the basic military training flight dedication ceremony held Dec. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, during which the squadron honored Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, and three fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen killed in the line of duty. Basic military training flights are traditionally dedicated to enlisted Airmen who have made significant contributions to the nation and the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria, 433rd Training Squadron commander, welcomes guests to the basic military training flight dedication ceremony held Dec. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, during which the squadron honored Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, and three fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen killed in the line of duty. Basic military training flights are traditionally dedicated to enlisted Airmen who have made significant contributions to the nation and the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Master Sgt. Robert Elliott, 433rd Training Squadron military training instructor recruiter, tours guests through a basic military training flight dormitory following a flight dedication ceremony held Dec. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Guests included senior Air Force Reserve leaders, family members of the fallen Airmen and guests from the local Civil Air Patrol.  The dedication ceremony honored Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, and three fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen killed in the line of duty, for whom the flights were named. Basic military training flights are traditionally dedicated to enlisted Airmen who have made significant contributions to the nation and the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Master Sgt. Robert Elliott, 433rd Training Squadron military training instructor recruiter, tours guests through a basic military training flight dormitory following a flight dedication ceremony held Dec. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Guests included senior Air Force Reserve leaders, family members of the fallen Airmen and guests from the local Civil Air Patrol. The dedication ceremony honored Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, and three fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen killed in the line of duty, for whom the flights were named. Basic military training flights are traditionally dedicated to enlisted Airmen who have made significant contributions to the nation and the service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Col. Allen Duckworth, 433rd Flying Training Group (right) and group senior leaders chat with Col. Jason Corrothers, 737th Training Group commander, prior to the Dec. 14 basic military training graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 433rd Training Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 433rd, graduated four BMT flights during the ceremony - a first in the squadron’s 35-year history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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Col. Allen Duckworth, 340th Flying Training Group (right) and group senior leaders chat with Col. Jason Corrothers, 737th Training Group commander, prior to the Dec. 14 basic military training graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 433rd Training Squadron, a subordinate unit of the 433rd, graduated four BMT flights during the ceremony - a first in the squadron’s 35-year history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Pararescueman Master Sgt. William Posch.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Pararescueman Master Sgt. William Posch. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Carl Enis.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Pararescueman Staff Sgt. Carl Enis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Explosive Ordnance Specialist Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee salute the reviewing official and distinguished guests during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen Explosive Ordnance Specialist Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee present the flight pennant during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, whose story is the epitome of determination, empowerment and resilience.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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A 433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructor and trainee present the flight pennant during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. This flight was named in honor of Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, command chief for Air Force Reserve Command, whose story is the epitome of determination, empowerment and resilience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructors, having relieved their trainees of the flight pennants, depart the parade field during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation. Their departure sends the signal that trainees have completed training and stand prepared to complete final graduation activities - taking the oath of enlistment and reciting the Airman’s Creed - without instructor supervision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)
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433rd Training Squadron basic military training instructors, having relieved their trainees of the flight pennants, depart the parade field during the Dec. 14 BMT graduation. Their departure sends the signal that trainees have completed training and stand prepared to complete final graduation activities - taking the oath of enlistment and reciting the Airman’s Creed - without instructor supervision. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas –Ten Air Force Reserve 433rd Training Squadron military training instructors guided four total force basic military training flights through eight and a half weeks of training and education in preparation for their Dec. 14 BMT graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. It was the first time in the squadron’s 35-year history that it assumed full responsibility for BMT flights.

 

The 433rd TRS, assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group at JBSA-Randolph, initiated a full capability demonstration in October assuming full responsibility to train, educate and prepare four BMT flights, rather than embedding Reserve Citizen Airmen military training instructors into the Air Force BMT mission.

 

“For the first time in 433rd TRS history we graduated four total force trainee flights as a production squadron under our own banner as a total force partner,” 433rd TRS Commander Lt. Col. Christopher Victoria said.

Col. Jason Corrothers, 737th Training Group commander, lauded the 433rd for setting the bar over the past 8-plus weeks.

“We’re certainly not surprised, since we all know what you’re capable of, but I’m very excited about what you have been able to demonstrate here,” he told Victoria.

From the strategic perspective, the 433rd has demonstrated its ability to shoulder a significant share of the BMT mission, if necessary. BMT trainees assigned to 433rd training flights confirmed their instructors’ abilities, earning individual and team recognition.

Victoria had full faith in his MTIs and trainees, noting that the stage was set when the flights were dedicated in honor of some exceptional Citizen Airmen.

“In keeping with tradition we named the flights in honor of four exceptional Reserve Citizen Airmen, and welcomed their families to join us for a dedication ceremony Thursday.”

Three of the Reserve Citizen Airmen honored during Thursday’s ceremony were recognized posthumously, and the fourth - Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Command Chief Master Sergeant for Air Force Reserve Command, and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Air Force Reserve, was honored for her commitment, determination, dedication and resilience.

Fallen Reserve Citizen Airmen in whose honor the flights were named include Master Sgt. William Posch and Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, who lost their lives during Operation Inherent Resolve in March , and Tech. Sgt. Anthony Campbell, who lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2009. Kelly, her guests and members of the fallen Airmen’s families and organizations were on hand to witness the ceremony.

The chief, who spoke with her namesake flight prior to graduation, expressed her pride in their achievements, and her humble surprise at being honored. Encouraging each member of the all-female flight to strive not just for success, but to live a life of significance.

“Significance means you have changed people’s lives, and that is so much bigger; success becomes secondary at that point,” she said.

Flight members, and their brother flights, demonstrated that they are well on their way toward achieving success and significance.

The Chief Kelly flight earned the commander’s excellence award (overall honor flight) and the top female fitness award. One brother flight earned the BEAST (Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training) excellence award, and another took second for male fitness excellence. Six of the top fitness performances were 433rd trainees, and 21 earned the distinction of honor graduate.

It was an emotionally full week for squadron members and trainees, who also welcomed an unexpected guest.

“We had the distinct honor of hosting the last surviving Doolittle Raider, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, following the Airman’s coin presentation, allowing us to honor the spirit of the Raiders’ historic endeavor, which changed the course of the Pacific campaign during World War II,” Victoria said.

The 433rd adopted the motto “Raiders - You Need, We Lead!” in honor of heroism exhibited by Cole and his fellow Raiders. The chance to honor Cole and glean advice was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Victoria’s team and their trainees.

“This event demonstrated our mobilization capability, illustrating our role in maintaining a high state of readiness,” Victoria said. “I’d like to see more events like this in the future to reinforce our unit culture, and to illustrate and hone our ability to provide unrivaled support to our active duty mission partners.”

 

A prime example of total force integration, 433rd MTIs operate side by side, cohesively and seamlessly, with their 37th Training Wing active duty mission partners. The 433rd TRS, the only Reserve military training instructor unit in the Air Force, plays a significant role in preparing approximately 41,000 enlisted trainees each year for military service.

 

“This is truly a momentous day for BMT and the 433rd TRS,” said Col. Allen Duckworth, 340th FTG commander. “Reserve MTIs have been part of the BMT enterprise, training new Airmen since 1983. To culminate this successful capability demonstration by graduating heritage flights named after Reserve Citizen Airmen is an amazing tribute to our heritage.”