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22AF leaders visit 340th FTG

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, flies backseat with Maj. Phillip Johnston, 39th Flying Training Squadron, during the general’s visit to the 340th Flying Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The general was accompanied on the Feb. 20 visit by 22AF Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson. Their visit included a working breakfast with group leaders, a town hall session with 340th, 39th and 433rd Training Squadron members, the T-38 training flight for the general, and a visit to and tour of the 433rd. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Benjamin Price)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave answers members’ questions during a Feb. 20 town hall session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave coined several 340th FTG members during his visit, including Undergraduate Flying Training program manager Lt. Col. Timothy Chapman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave coined several 340th FTG members during his visit, including plans and programs chief Lt. Col. Wendy Woodard. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson coins Tech. Sgt. Crystal Charriere, recently named the 22nd Air Force 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, noncommissioned officer category, during the Feb. 20 town hall session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave shows off his new morale shirt, presented by 340th FTG commander Col Janette Thode during the Feb. 20 town hall. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave greets members of the 39th Flying Training Squadron prior to flying with the team on a T-38 training mission. Pictured (left to right) are General La Fave, Lt. Col. Benjamin Price, Lt. Col. Damian Olivieri and Maj. Phillip Johnston. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Phillip Johnston, 39th Flying Squadron, presents the pre-flight brief before the T-38 training mission slated to include Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave is fitted for safety gear prior to the T-38 training flight. Assisting are Vince Garcia and Scott Schmidt, Aircrew Flight Equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

22AF commander, command chief visit 340th FTG
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Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave adjusts his helmet strap during safety fitting prior to his Feb. 20 T-38 training flight with members of the 39th FTS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, Maj. Phillip Johnston and Maj. Thad Reddick do their final pre-flight paperwork before their flight. Also pictured are Daryl Tripp, chief squadron aviation resource manager and Lt. Col. Matthew Reynolds, squadron operations supervisor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig LaFave (left) and Maj. Phillip Johnston head for the aircraft to prepare for a Feb. 20 T-38 training flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig LaFave (right) and Maj. Phillip Johnston approach the aircraft to prepare for a Feb. 20 T-38 training flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig LaFave (left) and Maj. Phillip Johnston prepare for a Feb. 20 T-38 training flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig LaFave (back seat) and Maj. Phillip Johnston wait for the signal to taxi for a Feb. 20 T-38 training flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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Maj. Gen. Craig LaFave (back seat, tail 367) and aircraft commander Maj. Phillip Johnston taxi for takeoff accompanied by number two ship crew Maj. Thad Reddick, aircraft commander, and Lt. Col. Benjamin Price (back seat). (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

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22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson chats with 340th Flying Training Group First Sergeant Senior Master Sgt. Samuel Caballero and other group members during an enlisted luncheon that followed the Feb. 20 town hall session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

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22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson chats with members of the 340th Flying Training Group during an enlisted luncheon that followed the Feb. 20 town hall session. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

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22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson discusses recruiting and manpower concerns with members of the 433rd Training Squadron during a Feb. 20 visit and tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

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Tech. Sergeant Crystal Charrier, 433rd TRS military training instructor, tours 22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson and group and senior leaders through the basic military training dormitory. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

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Lt. Col. Chris Victoria, 433rd training squadron commander, wishes 22nd Air Force Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson a safe trip home following the chief’s visit to the squadron Feb. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brianne Blackstock)

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During his visit to Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, 22nd Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave (left) presented the Legion of Merit to Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Education and Training Command Maj. Gen. James R. Barkley. The Legion of Merit is conferred on officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States and on nationals of other countries who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services. (U.S. Air Force photo by Col. James M. Payne)

JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas --

Maj. Gen. Craig La Fave, 22nd Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Imelda Johnson, 22nd AF command chief, spoke with members of the 340th Flying Training Group Tuesday, taking the opportunity to visit the 39th Flying Training Squadron and 433rd Training Squadron, as well.


The guests started their visit with an informal discussion with group leaders, during which members presented the unit mission briefing, as well as an undergrad flying training overview that included a look at methods to meet anticipated future requirements.

 

During his visit with the 39th, the general accepted an offer to fly in the back seat during a T-38 training mission.

 

The chief spent her afternoon with the 433rd, where she discussed manning, recruiting and other issues with squadron leadership. During the visit, 433rd MTI Tech. Sergeant Crystal Charriere escorted the chief and squadron leaders on military training squadron tour. Charriere was recently named the 22AF 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, noncommissioned officer category.

 

The general, who assumed command of 22nd AF in November, has commanded at the squadron and wing levels, served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and completed combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a command pilot with over 13,000 flying hours, including more than 5,000 military flying hours and 320 combat flying hours in numerous overseas contingency operations. In his civilian job, he is an airline captain with a major U.S. carrier.

 

The chief, a military member for nearly 30 years, started her career in the fuels field, served as a military training instructor, and later transitioned into the military justice field, serving as the Reserve command paralegal career field manager and the command Chief of enlisted force development prior to accepting her first command chief position at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.
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