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Chief Master Sgt. Eric Johnson, 82nd Training Wing command chief master sergeant, holds the wing guidon during the change of command ceremony Sept. 12, 2013. Brig. Gen. Scott Kindsvater took command of the largest technical training base from Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Mike Meares)
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Sheppard's 82nd TRW changes command

Posted 9/12/2013   Updated 9/13/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Jelani Gibson
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

9/12/2013 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Air Force's largest technical training base welcomed a new commander for the 82nd Training Wing Sept 12.

Brig. Gen. Scott Kindsvater took command of the 82nd TRW from outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Fantini.

Maj. Gen. Leonard Patrick, 2nd Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony, commenting on the unique role Sheppard plays within the Air Education and Training Command.

"It's about the people," Patrick said. "You get to mold Airmen each and every day."

Fantini described Sheppard's mission as an exponential one that has influence across the entire operational Air Force.

"We create a fantastic synergy that nobody can ever stop," he said. "Every sortie on every base is affected by what we do here."

Kindsvater will also be working closely in conjunction with the 80th Flying Training Wing on base, home to the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training program; the world's only multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for NATO.

As Kindsvater addressed the hundreds of Airmen on the parade field, he commented on how he felt about taking command of Sheppard.

"Men and women of the 82nd, it is my humble privilege to be your commander," he said. "You are a remarkable organization chock-full of the best our nation has to offer."

Fantini will move on to command Kandahar Airfield (NATO) and the 451st Expeditionary Wing, Kandahar, Afghanistan.

9/17/2013 3:40:47 PM ET
I went to high school with Brig. Gen. Kindsvater. My son an 8th grader has set a goal to attend the Air Force Academy when he graduates. Additionally my Father-in-Law was stationed at Sheppard AFB in the 1960's. I would like to bring both of them to Wichita Falls and see the base Is there a way I could contact the Brig. Gen. and see if both a vet and a potential officer could get a tour and maybe meet with the new commander Thank you.
Sandy Folger Dlugas, Temple TX
9/13/2013 6:43:03 AM ET
I'm surprised this wasn't a live feed. It would've been great to show the community their support structure from the four mayors that were there as well as representatives of our congress. What bigger support from the people we could have had if it was recorded or streamed live.
TSgt Berrier, Sheppard AFB
9/12/2013 3:40:43 PM ET
Wish you guys had more pics of the review. My son was marching in the 361st squadron...I just love to watch our Airmen march. They look so awesome. Keep up the good job Sheppard Sheppard PA - Hi Michelle, we will post additional photos on our Flickr account (link on the homepage, with our social media icons) here in the next few days. We have quite a number of photos to go through. We agree, we love seeing the Airmen march as well.
Michelle Luera , Arizona
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