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  • Air Force’s inaugural ECHO Flight Airmen share their experiences

    Ten AIrmen were part of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center’s first-ever ECHO Flight beta test, a replica of the U.S. Army ECHO Company program which has been carried out by DLIELC since 1975. ECHO flight’s mission was to provide English-language training and cultural immersion to enable anyone who would like to serve in the Air Force to do so effectively.
  • Total force basic trainees part of Air Force Reserve history

    Several hundred Total Force Air Force enlisted basic military trainees assigned to the 433rd Training Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, are making history as the first class to enter training in the fully operational, all-Reserve military training squadron. The 433rd TRS, one of seven squadrons assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group at JBSA-Randolph, is the only all-Reserve military training instructor squadron in the Air Force.
  • SECDEF witnesses transformation, protection of citizens becoming Airmen at BMT during COVID-19

    U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper visited U.S. Air Force basic military training cadre and recruits, as well as members of the Air Force Recruiting Service, for a first-hand look at how the service transforms citizens into American Airmen here June 16, 2020. Esper, accompanied on the visit by the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Ramón Colón-López, observed how the 37th Training Wing, with the support of a tri-wing partnership with the 502nd Air Base Wing and 59th Medical Wing, has protected Airmen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Airman Heritage Museum welcomes BMT trainees

    The U.S. Air Force Heritage Museum began welcoming basic military training flights starting June 1, 2020, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The purpose of the visit is to familiarize trainees to the historical roots of the Air Force and what it means to earn the title Airman.
  • Feasibility of secondary Air Force BMT location proven; COVID-19 surge operations to begin June 2

    Air Force officials announced that, beginning June 2, the service will continue to hold basic military training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, as a secondary location until the end of COVID-19 surge operations. The decision to stand up initial operating capability under 37th Training Wing comes after a successful proof of concept trial run.
  • First Airmen graduate BMT at Keesler since 1968

    For the first time since 1968, a flight of nearly 60 Airmen from the 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 graduated U.S. Air Force basic military training here May 15. ​ Due to safety concerns stemming from COVID-19, the Air Force sent new recruits to Keesler to demonstrate a proof of concept to generate the force at multiple locations during contingencies.
  • Gateway to America -- U.S. Air Force English Language Beta Test Advances Despite COVID-19

    In March 2020, the 37th Training Wing began a beta test for an Air Force version of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) Army Echo Company program which has been in existence since 1975. In partnership with Air Force Recruiting Service, this beta test is now in the execution phase. The goal is to show that an English language barrier is not a roadblock for eligible recruits interested in joining the United States Air Force. This is all credited to the unique language training capability DLIELC will provide them prior to the start of Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
  • CSAF visits BMT, thanks JBSA team for ‘fighting through’ COVID-19 response

    U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, along with Chief Master Sgt. Manny Pineiro, the service’s first sergeant special duty manager, visited here May 7, seeing first-hand how basic military training has adapted operations to fight through the COVID-19 environment. Basic military training, in addition to technical and flying training, have been deemed mission essential and vital to readiness.
  • AIRMEN these days: Volume 5 - Airman 1st Class A1C Regino Marchese

    I’ve heard the comment, “Airmen these days” quite a bit over the years. It’s usually from a negative standpoint; how today’s Airmen are not as disciplined, dedicated, or mature as those from “back in my day…” To help others see the greatness in our Airmen, this series of posts will demonstrate the quality of Airmen who join and stay on our team (no matter what age).
  • #RiseUp Mental Health, Resiliency at JBSA

    Members of the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) Mental Health Clinic and 737th Training Group Military Training Consult Service (MTCS) mental health team spent their Monday motivating others with words of encouragement for base personnel and community members as part of a mental health and resiliency effort during the COVID-19 pandemic at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, May 4.
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