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NEWS | Nov. 2, 2022

39th Flying Training Squadron welcomes new commander

By Jet Fabara 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Thad Reddick assumed command of the 39th Flying Training Squadron from Lt. Col. Thomas Lessner on Oct. 27, 2022, during a ceremony held at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Col. Kyle Goldstein, 340th Flying Training Group commander, officiated the change of command ceremony.

Formerly the 39th FTS director of operations for the past two years, as the new commander, Reddick is responsible for the success of the Air Education and Training Command/Air Force Reserve Command Reserve Instructor Pilot Program for the squadron, which trains and provides experienced pilots to augment AETC's instructor pilot force. He is also responsible for more than 90 military and civilian personnel supporting JBSA-Randolph’s undergraduate pilot training mission.

The 39th FTS is comprised of instructor pilots who fly side-by-side with 12th Flying Training Wing instructor pilots to accomplish the critical AETC mission. Squadron instructors routinely accomplish more than 6,000 training sorties per year in the T-38, T-6, and T-1 aircraft.  The squadron is one of seven assigned to the 340th FTG, which is the largest flying group in the Air Force.