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VCSAF visits JBSA, presides over BMT graduation

By Master Sgt. Tyrona Lawson | 502nd Public Affairs | April 13, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas. —

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson visited with members of the Battlefield Airmen Training Group ,the 343rd Training Squadron, and served as the reviewing official for the Air Force Basic Military Training graduation at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland April 12-13.

 

The vice chief of staff received a first-hand look at structural improvements and upgrades on the base to include the training facilities directly impacting the Airmen assigned to the BA TG as well as the security forces training dormitories.

 

During his tour of the dormitories, Wilson made a presentation to Airman Basic Nathan Cecil, a security forces student assigned to the 343rd TS. The General presented Cecil with the Airman of the Month award as well as a challenge coin, for his continued excellence and dedication. Wilson also took this time to address the training students on possible threats to the security of our nation.

 

“We have to be aware of those trying to threaten our national security,” Wilson said. “When we talk about combating, we’re talking about defenders, we are talking about how important you all are to what we do and our resources.”

 

On the second day of his visit, Wilson had the opportunity to participate in a BMT graduation. While addressing the attendees, Wilson took the time to thank veterans, family and friends and military training instructors.

 

“Our instructors are absolutely incredible,” Wilson said. “Every week, they do what you see here today. They take ordinary citizens and make them into extraordinary Airmen.”

 

Serving as the reviewing official for the graduation, the General led the oath of enlistment and provided words of encouragement to the graduates.

 

“You are now entering the long blue line of all those who have gone before you, Wilson said. “It’s about family and you are now part of this great Air Force family. Every one of you are unbelievable, you have amazing abilities. Individually you’re awesome, but together as a team of Airmen, you are absolutely unstoppable.”