At today’s Chamber Board of Directors meeting, Mr. Douglas Opersteny, 12th Flying Training Wing (12FTW) Director of Community Initiatives, gave an overview of Randolph Air Force Base, including the economic impact, and a report on the 12FTW mission and initiatives. Also at the meeting, the 2018 Budget was approved unanimously, Joe Timmins was given the Senior Blue Coat of the Quarter Award, and Larry Alexander was recognized for the Blue Coat of the Quarter Award.
Randolph Air Force Base (RAFB) is part of Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) which, along with RAFB, includes Lackland AFB and Fort Sam Houston. JBSA as a whole has an annual economic impact of more than $16 billion and RAFB, located in Universal City, has an annual economic impact of more than $1.15 billion. RAFB is home to more than 30 missions and reserve missions and including civilian employees and dependents, nearly 12,000 people live and/or work at RAFB.
RAFB’s major flying unit is the 12FTW which trains airmen in the fundamentals of airmanship, instruction and leadership. The 12FTW touches, whether directly or indirectly, every pilot in the Air Force. The 12FTW not only trains pilots, including pilots of Remotely Piloted Aircrafts (i.e. drones), but also trains pilot instructors.
Joe Timmins receives the Sr. Blue Coat of the Quarter Award.