JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey T. Pennington, 4th Air Force commander, visited the 433rd Airlift Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland July 7.
The main purpose of the visit was to discuss improvements to the C-5M Super Galaxy Formal Training Unit. Pennington said the C-5M FTU is an essential part of the 433rd AW’s mission which is vital in the Rapid Global Mobility Mission.
During the visit, Pennington met with maintenance, operations and FTU cadre leadership.
“We spent time deep-diving into the process improvement countermeasures to help build ‘FTU Next,’” Pennington said. “The wing’s efforts are being synchronized with those of Air Education and Training Command and the Air Mobility Command to build production capabilities meeting today’s demand with innovative approaches such as virtual reality training, updating training devices and empowering students with on-demand video and tools to accelerate learning.”
Lt. Col. Jonathan Behunin, 433rd Operations Support Squadron commander, was among the leaders and said modernizing the curriculum has been the focus to expand learning aides and resources to the students, giving more productive learning opportunities.
“I think there was a tremendous amount of benefit in us being able to share our perspective with Maj. Gen. Pennington, and him giving us the guidance on how to improve our talking points and our advocacy for those,” Behunin said.
Pennington also toured the C-5M training unit dorms and meet with military training leaders to discuss scheduled upgrades for the aircrew (pilot, flight engineer and loadmaster) students.
“I am being continually impressed with the professional and teamwork between operations and maintenance, and between the schoolhouse staff and students,” Pennington said.