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NEWS | April 26, 2024

5th Flying Training Squadron welcomes new commander

By Jet Fabara 340th Flying Training Group Public Affairs

Col. Amy Lewis, 340th Flying Training Group commander, presided over a ceremony where Lt. Col. Christina Hopper assumed command of the 5th Flying Training Squadron from Lt. Col. Anthony Straw on April 18, 2024, at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

As a command pilot who has flown more than 50 combat missions throughout Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom, Hopper is now responsible for the execution of the Air Education and Training Command/Air Force Reserve Command Associate Instructor Program at Vance, supporting 71st Flying Training Wing operations, conducting nearly 9,000 sorties annually.

Hopper is the 62nd commander of the 5th FTS.

The 5th FTS is one of seven training squadrons under the 340th FTG, which is headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas; six of those charged with flying training.