Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida –
The 479th Flying Training Group, the Air Force’s only Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training pipeline, notched a significant milestone in their battle with the COVID-19 pandemic Jan. 22 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. The 479th Flying Training Group comes under the 12th Flying Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.
Alongside their joint partners, 370 active duty and civilian members of the 479th FTG were among the first vaccinated to help reduce the burden of the COVID-19 disease and help mitigate the risk to military operations.
“This has been a long battle for all of us, but this is a huge step toward our new normal and a needed safeguard for our team,” said Col. William O'Brien IV, 479th FTG commander.
“Our role in developing combat systems officers is essential to preserving our national security,” O’Brien added. “COVID-19 placed a significant burden on our team and CSO production, but this vaccine is a safe answer. Combining this vaccine with our other safety implementations helps reduce the threat to our military operations, and in turn, increases UCT’s effectiveness. I urge everyone to do their part and volunteer to increase our mitigation efforts."
Military dependents and family members are encouraged to remain patient as their opportunity to volunteer for the vaccine is coming soon.