NEWS | June 29, 2021

MTIs highlighted in video series on force generators

By Annette Crawford 37th Training Wing Public Affairs

Three military training instructors from the 737th Training Group are featured in a series of videos highlighting the invaluable contributions of force generators. MTIs, along with military training leaders, instructor pilots, Squadron Officer School instructors, technical training instructors and recruiters, are all force generators – members in special duty assignments who help lay the foundation for tomorrow’s Airmen and Guardians.

The videos, found at, feature Master Sgt. James Blackstock, 433rd Training Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Robert Calton, 320th TRS; and Staff Sgt. Alexandria Washington, 324th TRS. The three MTIs are all at different phases in their special duty assignments.

In an interview at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in October, Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, said that “developing the Airmen we need who possess the Air Force core values starts with our instructor corps.”

“These men and women are in demanding careers that offer positive career broadening experiences for them to mature and grow as leaders,” he continued. “We must take a hard look at ourselves, our organization and our culture to determine the changes needed in order to support our growing, lethal force.”