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Vandenberg civil leader attends AETC visit

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A civic leader from the Vandenberg community was selected by Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Air Education and Training Command commander, to take part in a group visit to Air Force training facilities in San Antonio, Texas, March 8 - 9.

Pastor Bernie Federmann, a 381st Training Group affiliate, along with 19 other AETC civic leaders, visited the 28,000-acre Camp Bullis training site March 8. On March 9, the group saw military working dog demonstrations, Basic Military Training and the Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training site at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

"What a joy for me to link up with other civic leaders from all AETC bases across the country; hear how they are supporting their respective bases and Airmen; and how they are speaking to their regionally elected officials reminding them of the value of today's military and specifically our U.S. Air Force," Pastor Federmann said.

The group also visited the 343rd Training Squadron, 37th Training Group and 341st Training Squadron.

"I was once again impressed with the quality of the training our Airmen are receiving but equally impressed with the caliber of the new recruits," Pastor Federmann said. "These young people are becoming mission ready, American warriors willing to go into harm's way for our country."

The group of AETC civic leaders was composed of representatives from each community surrounding a major AETC wing or group across the nation. The civic leaders spoke with senior AETC leaders and Airmen throughout the visit. These types of visits enable civic leaders to better understand the men and women of the Air Force.

"I was proud of every Airman," Pastor Federmann said. "I wanted them to know that people really do pray for them, care for them, support them and are proud of them!"