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Arts in the Armed Forces visits 433rd Airlift Wing

By Minnie Jones | 433rd Airlfit Wing Public Affairs | July 15, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —

Arts in the Armed Forces visited the 433rd Airlift Wing and got an up-close look at the wing’s massive C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft, and experienced a simulated flight in the wing’s C-5M simulator at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland June 28. The AITAF group was here to perform a reading of “True West,” to San Antonio’s local military personnel, veterans, and their families.

San Antonio-based Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors sponsored the group to San Antonio, and the Alamo Wing was the first stop the actors and the support team visited.

During their visit, the AITAF group toured a C-5M Super Galaxy and experienced virtual flying in a C-5 M simulator.

“We are deeply grateful to the team at the 433rd Airlift Wing for taking time to give our team an in-depth overview of their impressive scope of work and tremendous aircraft,” said Lindsay Miserandino, Arts in the Armed Forces executive director. “Touring a C-5 and experimenting in a flight simulator was an incredibly unique experience; one that left us all with a profound sense of appreciation and admiration for their service and sacrifice.”

The AITAF Team, including the staff from the Cohen Military Family Clinic, along with the 802nd Force Support Squadron’s Exceptional Family Member Program, JBSA-Lackland, were met by Col. Terry W. McClain, 433rd Airlift Wing commander, and Col. Scott Thompson, 502nd Installation Support Group commander, representing the 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio.

“Being able to connect with the 433rd and seeing the enormous plane and hearing about the ways that the plane supports missions around the world was fantastic,” said Jill Palmer, DSW, LCSW, Cohen Military Family Clinic senior director, clinic operations. “During the tour, we were able to talk to the men and women who operate the plane, which allowed me, and I believe the whole group, to understand the commitment and dedication they have to their work.”

On June 29, San Antonio’s local military personnel, veterans, and their families, were treated to a reading of “True West,” a play written by American playwright Sam Shepard.  The play is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee.

Artists L. Scott Caldwell, Chad L. Coleman, Chris Lowell, and Michael James Shaw performed the play at the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio.  At the end of their performance, the actors took questions from the audience, making it night to remember.

According to the AITAF’s website, Arts in the Armed Forces, Inc. is a non-profit based in Brooklyn, New York. Its mission brings high-quality arts programming to active-duty and Reserve service members, veterans, military support staff, and their families around the world free of charge. The Arts in the Armed Forces serve all branches of the military at U.S. installations domestically and abroad. They choose content that features diverse themes, ages, ethnicities, and experiences to create a complex and unique experience for our audiences. Actors Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker founded the organization in 2006.