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USecAF, CMSAF visit AETC to see adjusted training operations in response to COVID-19

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While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force Shon Manasco and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listen to Master Sgt. Brandon Long, 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 military training instructor, as he briefs on the physical-training procedures used by basic military trainees at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., April 22, 2020. Manasco and Wright met with Second Air Force leaders to learn more about how the numbered air force is fighting through the COVID-19 response with force health protection measures in place throughout basic and technical training in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

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While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force Shon Manasco, along with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, speaks to members of the 559th Flying Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, April 22, 2020. The Air Force senior leaders met with 559th FTS pilot-instructor students and staff to learn more about how the unit trains instructor pilots during the COVID-19 response with force health protection measures in place in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean Worrell)

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While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force Shon Manasco, along with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, listen as Col. Rebecca Blackwell, 559th Medical Group commander, briefs during a tour at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 22, 2020. Manasco and Wright met with AETC leaders to learn more about how the command is fighting through the COVID-19 response with force health protection measures in place throughout basic and technical training in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

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While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force Shon Manasco, along with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, tour the 37th Training Wing Detachment 5 living quarters inside Erwin Manor at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., April. 22, 2020. Manasco and Wright met with Second Air Force leaders to learn more about how the numbered air force is fighting through the COVID-19 response with force health protection measures in place throughout basic and technical training in line with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) --

While performing the duties of Under Secretary of the Air Force Shon Manasco, along with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, observed the ongoing, critical operations at multiple training locations here and at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, April 22.

The visits allowed senior leaders the opportunity to see first-hand how Air Education and Training Command has adjusted operations to mitigate and minimize COVID-19 impacts to the basic, technical and flying training pipelines, all of which have been deemed mission essential.

“We simply can’t accomplish our mission without the dedicated training and medical experts across the AETC enterprise,” Manasco said. “Across every aspect of our training pipeline, we are seeing Airmen innovate and find new ways of executing the mission to recruit, train and educate exceptional Airmen and space professionals while balancing their health and safety.”

The traveling party maintained a small footprint and adhered to all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Defense Department
social-distancing guidelines to ensure protection of their health and those around them. 

Upon arrival at Keesler AFB, Manasco and Wright met with Second Air Force leadership to learn more about how the numbered air force is fighting through the COVID-19 response with force health protection measures in place throughout basic and technical training.

Maj. Gen. Nina Armagno, director of Space Programs for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, accompanied Manasco and Wright during the visit. 

“At any given time, there are 30,000 air and space professionals in our various pipelines and in order to maintain a trained force, we must continue to bring in new recruits and train them,” Armagno said. “Protection measures put in place proactively have reduced potential COVID-19 exposure to all of our trainees and instructors.”

The senior leaders observed BMT proof-of-concept operations at Keesler AFB, and also how the
37th Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland handles BMT COVID-19 restriction of movement on arrival, as well as quarantine, person-under-investigation and isolation operations.

“The BMT proof of concept allows the command flexibility to make necessary adjustments to the training production pipeline as needed during contingencies,” Manasco said. “As one of a number of options for dispersing basic military training under a range of contingencies and in the current COVID-19 situation, Keesler (AFB) presented the most favorable option.”

After observing new recruits in basic military training, the service’s senior enlisted leader was impressed with the agility of training and perseverance from the soon-to-be Airmen.

“As it always is, seeing the commitment in person of America’s sons and daughters as they transition from civilian life to becoming Airmen is inspiring,” Wright said. “To each and every one of them, we want to say thank you for your dedication to our country and for stepping up to defend her even during these truly uncertain times.”

Manasco and Wright also visited a technical-training classroom and experienced the virtual capstone lab for cyber transport training. This allowed the leaders to see how technical training is adapting its curriculum and technology to be more agile in training delivery.  

For their final stop, the team visited with instructor-pilot students and staff from the 559th Flying Training Squadron at JBSA-Randolph where they learned about the use of virtual reality and the future of pilot training, as well as changes during COVID-19 operations.

Throughout the day, Manasco seized the opportunity to thank all first responders, medical professionals, and trainee health teams in the 81st Medical Group at Keesler AFB and Reid Clinic at JBSA-Lackland for standing ready during the coronavirus response.

“To say we’re proud of every single Airman and space professional standing directly on the front lines of this COVID-19 fight would be an understatement,” Manasco said. “The courage with which our Airmen have responded in the face of this unknown enemy has been second-to-none.”

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