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Randolph’s mission support group becomes joint base’s first unit
Maj. Frank Hellstern, 902nd Security Forces Squadron commander, and Senior Airman Salvador Gutierrez, 902nd SFS, furl the 12th Security Forces Squadron flag at an activation ceremony Tuesday in Hangar 4 at Randolph AFB, Texas. The 12th Mission Support Group inactivated and became the 902nd MSG under the 502nd Air Base Wing, also known as Joint Base San Antonio. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rich McFadden)
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Randolph's mission support group becomes joint base's first unit

Posted 2/2/2010   Updated 2/4/2010 Email story   Print story


by Robert Goetz
502nd Air Base Wing OL-B Public Affairs

2/2/2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- History was made at Randolph this morning when the base's mission support group became the first unit to join the landmark 502d Air Base Wing, an organization that unites the installation support functions at two Air Force bases and one Army post in San Antonio.

The 12th Mission Support Group, with more than a half-century of service to the Air Force behind it, inactivated and became the 902nd MSG under the 502nd ABW, also known as Joint Base San Antonio.

The 12th MSG's four squadrons and three divisions, the 12th Comptroller Squadron and 12th Flying Training Wing staff agencies also joined the 502nd ABW during the activation ceremony in Hangar 4.

Brig. Gen. Leonard Patrick, 502nd ABW commander, called the reorganization of the mission support group, comptroller squadron and wing staff agencies "a first step" and pledged support to Col. Alan Lake, 902nd MSG commander, and Lt. Col. Chris Crane, 902nd CPTS commander.

"It is my pledge that I will give you and your staff everything you need to accomplish your mission -- to meet our mission partners' needs," General Patrick said.

Joint Base San Antonio, a product of 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation, combines support functions at Randolph and Lackland Air Force Bases and Fort Sam Houston. The 502nd ABW is headquartered at Fort Sam Houston.

"Since the 502nd ABW activated last July, we've had the opportunity to build relationships, hire staff and start merging processes for three historic installations," General Patrick said.

He said the air base wing, once complete, will become the largest entity in the Department of Defense, adding the objective of joint basing is to "provide the best possible support to the installation partners from this day forward, to become even more efficient and effective."

"I anticipate a streamlining of processes at the three installations and incorporating common policies," General Patrick said. "We'll see more consistently superb service to our customers. To steal a phrase, we want excellence in partnership."

But he also said he wants "corporate common policies and procedures to strive to maintain the heritage and culture of each installation."

Col. Jacqueline Van Ovost, 12th Flying Training Wing commander, commended the work of the 12th MSG, the 12th CPTS and wing staff agencies in her remarks. Under the realignment, the 12th FTW relinquishes its installation support functions to the 502nd ABW to concentrate solely on its flying training mission.

She said the transition to the Joint Base San Antonio structure "will be transparent to the members of Team Randolph because they will continue to receive world-class support from the mission support group and staff agencies."

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