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Air Commandos learn local Air Force history

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Manuel Martinez
  • 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
History provides lessons learned for the present, but when used in a professional setting, it can facilitate a forum for professional growth.

The 27th Special Operations Wing historian hosted an off-site professional development trip Dec. 8, visiting the location of the former Reese Air Force Base and touring the Silent Wings Glider Museum in Lubbock.

Steve Frank planned the trip, incorporating U.S. Air Force Heritage into a forum where Airmen of all ranks and specialties could be motivated to grow personally and professionally.

At the tour’s first stop, Air Commandos visited an old air traffic control tower. Along with touring, the Airmen discussed the history of the base as it applies to their service in the present day.

“The sites we visited highlighted the expansion, maturity and competency of the Air Force and provided a multitude of examples to inspire and motivate the participants of diverse specialties and ranks,” Frank said.

The group also visited the Silent Wings Glider Museum, gaining insight through guided tours showcasing exhibits including U.S. Army Air Corps glider aircraft. Group discussions provided a chance for interaction, letting Air Commandos apply their new knowledge of the service and discuss lessons that could be applied in the present.

“History provides perspective on where we have been as a service and direction for the future,” said Staff Sgt. John Gaylord, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management craftsman.

The Wing will be conducting heritage off-site trips quarterly. Each trip will include new locations that target different subject matter and themes.

“If you have any interest in history then this event could be beneficial for you,” said an Airman First Class assigned to the 12th Special Operations Squadron.

The event also fosters communication between various ranks and jobs.
“It helps Airmen break out of their bubble, and learn about what other Air Commandos do for the mission,” Gaylord said.

The next off-site is scheduled for Feb. 15, 2017, and includes trips to Roswell, Lincoln and Fort Stanton, N.M. For more information contact Steven Frank at 784-7839.