Texans fly to Ohio to continue flight training mission
By Stacy Vaughn, 445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 15, 2009
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- A taste of Texas swept through the 445th Maintenance Group Sept. 3 when 43 reservists assigned to the 433rd Airlift Wing, Lackland AFB, Texas, arrived to set up shop for two weeks.
Chief Master Sgts. Joseph Campbell, 433rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron superintendent, and Theodore Williams, 433rd Maintenance Squadron superintendent, led a team of 41 maintenance workers to the Buckeye State to set up and maintain two C-5 Galaxies that are flying 356th Airlift Squadron training missions. The Lackland C-5s are temporarily flying training missions here while runway repairs are being made at their home station.
"We're glad to be here," Chief Williams said. "We brought various maintenance workers from supply, plans and scheduling and MOCC (maintenance operations control center) to help support our C-5s that will be flying missions here until our runway is repaired."
While prepping his aircraft for a morning training mission, Master Sgt. Bryan Fitch, 356th AS, said he was happy to be back on the flight line at the 445th AW. Sergeant Fitch left the wing six months ago for Texas to begin his current assignment as a flight engineer instructor.
"It's great to be back home," he said. "We needed to find an alternate way to continue to conduct training for our C-5 aircrew while our runway was closed so we brought two Avionics Modernization Program C-5s here to continue with our training missions."
The 433rd AW is responsible for training Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Regular Air Force C-5 aircrews. Sergeant Fitch anticipates they will have run eight flight engineers and four pilots through training before leaving Ohio.
Staff Sgt. Scott Bunch, a 433rd AW crew chief, said he was happy that his unit chose the 445th AW as its temporary home.
"I was born and raised in this area so it's nice to be back home and see some of the changes in the area," he said. "We've had a bad drought in Texas so it's nice to smell and see the rain that we've been experiencing here lately and to see the green trees and grass."
The runway repairs at Lackland are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 16. (Air Force Reserve Command News Service)