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Rising VI council hosts first immersion tour

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Staff Sgt. Manuel Lalane Tristan, 318th Training Squadron, watches as service members board a C-130 as part of the 37th Training Wing Rising VI Immersion Tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The Inter-American Air Forces Academy was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Javier Nagore, 318th Training Squadron, points out training equipment to Airmen during the 37th Training Wing Rising VI Immersion Tour at Joint Base San Antonio–Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The Inter-American Air Forces Academy was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Master Sgt. Tom Liscomb, left, and Staff Sgt. Raymond Bourne tell participants in the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour about the display that honors all special mission aviators who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The two are Basic Special Mission Aviator Course instructors at the 344th Training Squadron. The tour took place March 18, 2021, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Agnes Koterba)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Participants in the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour take time for a group photo at the 344th Training Squadron’s Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The 344th TRS was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Agnes Koterba)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Participants in the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour are briefed at the Career Enlisted Aviator Center of Excellence, 344th Training Squadron, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The 344th TRS was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Agnes Koterba)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Charles McCowan, chief of Protocol at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center, briefs in front of the leadership board during the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The council is comprised of enlisted Airmen with shared goals of improving the enlisted experience across the 37th TRW. DLIELC was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Spencer Berry)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Charles McCowan, chief of Protocol at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center, leads some of the attendees of the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The council is comprised of enlisted Airmen with shared goals of improving the enlisted experience across the 37th TRW. DLIELC was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Spencer Berry)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

Charles McCowan, chief of Protocol at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center, briefs during the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The council is comprised of enlisted Airmen with shared goals of improving the enlisted experience across the 37th TRW. DLIELC was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Spencer Berry)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

A participant in the 37th Training Wing’s Rising VI Immersion Tour shoots with Master Sgt. Ricardo Alonso during a simulated training exercise at the 837th Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The 837th TRG is part of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, and was one of several stops on the tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.
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Master Sgt. Ricardo Alonso, 837th Training Group, talks to members of the 37th Training Wing Rising VI immersion tour about improvised explosive devices at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 18, 2021. The 837th TRG is part of the Inter-American Air Forces Academy. It was one of several stops on the Rising VI tour, which other base members were also invited to join. (U.S. Air Force photo by Vanessa R. Adame)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The 37th Training Wing Rising VI Council has an ambitious agenda despite being formed less than a year ago. Several of its members and other base personnel participated in the council’s first immersion tour March 18, in the hopes of being able to network with all mission partners.

According to Staff Sgt. Brandon Vazquez, Rising VI sergeant at arms, the council is comprised of enlisted Airmen with shared goals of improving the enlisted experience across the 37th TRW.

“The purpose of the 37th TRW Rising VI is to offer career development, mentorship, community involvement and leadership training, all in a one-stop shop,” said Vazquez, who is assigned to the 323rd Training Squadron. “Our goal is to establish a closer link between mission partners throughout the wing.”

Other organization officers are: Tech. Sgt. Cameron Figueroa, 737th Training Group, president; Tech. Sgt. Gabriel Mier, 321st TRS, vice president; Tech. Sgt. Autumn Murphy, 344th TRS, treasurer; and Tech. Sgt. Chaunte Thompson, 321st TRS, secretary.

Vazquez said the immersion tours will help the council members get a clearer understanding of the 37th TRW mission and vision statement.

“I think the overall tour was a success,” Figueroa added. “The future of our group is to create more opportunities for Airmen assigned to the 37 TRW whether that be motivational speakers or fostering more mentoring sessions. What we realized is that in order for events like this to take place and grow a successful organization it takes a full unity of effort to rally behind a cause.”

Stops along the tour included a 37th TRW briefing, attending a Basic Military Training graduation, tour a BMT dormitory, the 344th TRS, Defense Language Institute English Learning Center, and the Inter-American Air Forces Academy. During lunch, they were able to ask questions of a leadership panel that included: Lt. Col. Clifford Anderson, 637th International Support Squadron; Lt. Col. Carlos Hernandez, IAAFA; Lt. Col. Matthew Kowalski, 341st TRS; Lt. Col. John Marx, 331st TRS; Lt. Col. Jeffrey Simmons, 37th TRW; and Lt. Col. Raymundo Vann, 323rd TRS.

For more information about the Rising VI, please contact any of the organization officers.