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NEWS | Oct. 30, 2014

12th FTW, leaders learn about mission support

By Airman 1st Class Stormy Archer Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Public Affairs

Col. Matthew Isler, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, and members from the 12th FTW took part in an immersion tour hosted by Col. Michael Gimbrone, 502nd Security Forces and Logistics Support Group commander, Oct. 20 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph.

Gimbrone and the 502nd SFLSG team took the opportunity to showcase the mission and capabilities of the group to members of the 12th FTW, one of the groups primary mission partners.

"As a subordinate unit to the 502nd Air Base Wing, the 502nd SFLSG is responsible for supporting the 502nd ABW mission of providing unrivaled installation support and service to enable mission partner success," Gimbrone said. "Since the 12th FTW is a major mission partner within JBSA, it is vital that members of the 12th FTW and 502nd SFLSG maintain a strong working relationship. By getting to know each other and learning about each unit's specific roles, responsibilities and capabilities, the leaders involved in the immersion are better able to tap into each other's skillsets in order to focus the efforts of their units toward successful mission accomplishment."

The tour included visits to two of the group's squadrons: the 502nd Trainer Development Squadron and the 902nd Security Forces Squadron.

"I'm impressed by the complexity of the 502nd SFLSG," Isler said. "They handle so many important responsibilities and support an incredibly diverse set of missions. They provide more than 200 mission partners with defense, logistics and transportation support. Executing that mission with coherent command and control, while managing that day-to-day complexity is an amazing feat.

"We are just a one partner in their overall mission, but we are completely dependent on their support for everything we do, including the parts that keep our T-38s flying, installation support, defense, transportation for our operations; everything that we do depends on the 502nd SFLSG."

This event followed a 12th FTW immersion tour Sept. 19, when the members of 502nd SFLSG became better familiarized with the flying mission and capabilities of the 12th FTW.

"Today was about unity of effort, about working together to best support our mission, Airmen and families here at JBSA-Randolph," Isler said. "We are the source of America's air power. We train the instructors that train every pilot that enters the Air Force; we produce every new remotely piloted aircraft pilot and sensor operator, and we are focused on making them the best operators that they can be.  Today was an important part to achieve unity of effort as mission partners."

By achieving unity of effort and a better understanding as mission partners, 12th FTW and the 502nd SFLSG will be better able to ensure the future of America's air power.

The 502nd SFLSG consists of the 902nd SFS at JBSA-Randolph, the 802nd SFS at JBSA-Lackland and the 502nd SFS at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, plus the 502nd Trainer Development Squadron at JBSA-Randolph and the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, across JBSA's three major locations.