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Lt. Gen. Webb Visits the 33rd Fighter Wing

Lt. Gen. Webb visited the 33rd Fighter Wing April 7, 2020/

Maj. Keil Bartholomew, 33rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron director of operations, (right), briefs Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Commander of Air Education and Training Command, on the F-35 maintenance program at the 33rd Fighter Wing, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 7, 2021. Webb met with 33rd FW Airmen to learn about the flying mission, maintenance programs and priorities moving forward at the training wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Litteral)

Lt. Gen. Webb visited the 33rd Fighter Wing April 7, 2020/

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Commander of Air Education and Training Command, presents Maj. Angela Walker, 337th Air Control Squadron chief of operations group standardization and evaluations, with the AETC Outstanding Air Battle Manager of the Year award at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 7, 2021. Webb recognized Walker for her exemplary work and expressed his gratitude for her dedication to the mission and the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Litteral)

Lt. Gen. Webb visited the 33rd Fighter Wing April 7, 2020/

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Commander of Air Education and Training Command, (left), salutes Senior Airman Isai Bastian, 33rd Maintenance Group lead aircraft maintenance unit scheduler, during a tour of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 7, 2021. Webb engaged with 33rd FW Airmen to learn about their roles, how they make the mission happen, and recognize their accomplishments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Litteral)

Lt. Gen. Webb visited the 33rd Fighter Wing April 7, 2020/

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, Commander of Air Education and Training Command, poses for a photo alongside 33rd Fighter Wing leadership and civic leaders during his visit at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 7, 2021. Civic leaders briefed Webb on local initiatives set forth to safeguard mission needs and overall community support of the military family and suicide prevention efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber Litteral)

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, visited the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, April 7, 2021.

Webb visited the 33rd FW to meet with the Airmen who make the mission happen, discuss community initiatives and support to local programs with civic leaders, and learn about the Nomads’ focused efforts on rated diversity improvement.

Civic leaders explained actions being taken by local organizations, such as safeguarding military mission needs in the local area, community efforts to support military families, and suicide prevention efforts.

“Our Airmen aren’t just members of the military, they contribute to a thriving local community,” said Webb. “Cooperative working relationships like these are essential to support our Airmen and families.”

Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd FW commander, agreed.

“We truly believe our community does wonders for the Airmen in our wing,” said Wheeler.

Webb met with Airmen across the wing, recognizing Airmen with duties ranging from aircraft maintenance to those contributing to future mission successes. Maj. Angela Walker, 337th Air Control Squadron chief of operations group standardization and evaluations, was also presented with her AETC Outstanding Air Battle Manager of the Year award. A total of 12 Airmen were highlighted for their exemplary work and dedication to the mission.

“Being recognized by a MAJCOM commander is definitely an experience,” said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Didonato, 33rd FW Manpower Office NCO in charge maintenance requirements. “It only bolsters my appreciation and respect to my local mentors and senior leaders; I couldn’t be as productive without their guidance.”

The tour concluded with a discussion of the 33rd FW’s efforts to improve diversity of rated career fields, highlighted by Airmen who served as mentors in outreach events.  The unit’s efforts further the Air Force’s Rated Diversity Improvement strategy, released last month, to strengthen diversity to cultivate a high performing and innovative Air Force reflective of the best of our nation. 

Capt. Jessica Kelly, 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager instructor, said the goal of volunteering was to expose youth to aviation career fields they may have considered out of their reach.

“Some individuals may not always look at college as a financially feasible option or have a full understanding of aviation career opportunities,” said Kelly. “Educating these young folks on resources the Air Force has to offer is incredibly important.”

Webb lauded the efforts of the wing to show young people they can aspire to great heights.

“This is worthy work,” said Webb. “It strengthens me to see this team initiating this type of outreach. Let’s make good history with substantive change.”

The 33rd Fighter Wing “Nomads,” is a graduate flying and maintenance training wing for the F-35A Lightning II. The wing also has two geographically separated organizations at Tyndall AFB and Hurlburt Field, Florida. Annual student training yields on average 58 F-35 pilots, 150 F-35 A/B/C maintainers, 140 intelligence personnel in support of Air Force Special Operations Forces, 48 intelligence personnel in support of F-35 operations and 82 air battle managers in support of Air Force operations.

This story has been updated to reflect a correction of a quote.