JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Twenty-nine members of the Civil Air Patrol visited the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Sept. 8.
The "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron CAP cadets and senior members from San Marcos, Texas, received an Alamo Wing welcome and question-and-answer session from Col. David A. Scott, 433rd AW vice commander, before touring a C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft.
The tour group watched as the C-5M kneeled, the nose visor was raised and front cargo ramp was lowered before they embarked the aircraft.
“We had a great visit,” said retired Col. Rich Ferguson, lifelong CAP member and previous commander of the 433rd AW’s 68th Airlift Squadron at JBSA-Lackland. “Col. Scott gave a briefing on the 433rd and his career and members of the 68th were there to answer questions, too; both cadets and senior members benefitted from that information. The main reasons for our visit was to have some exposure to the Air Force and the especially the reserves component.”
The tour also provided an opportunity to highlight the impact of the Reserve Citizen Airmen on the global mobility mission.
“We also got a good view of the Air Force’s mission around the world and the largest aircraft in their inventory while being escorted through the cockpit and entire aircraft,” Ferguson said. “The entire experience was very appreciated and well done.”
The CAP is a congressionally chartered, federally supported non-profit organization that serves as the official civilian auxiliary of the Air Force and part of the total force military. Their mission provides search and rescue, aerospace education and a cadet program.