911th OG highlights wing-wide teamwork with open house event

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  • By Marjorie A. Schurr
  • 911th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 911th Operations Group invited all members of the 911th Airlift Wing to an open house event Oct. 2, 2020.


The event, which gave Steel Airmen the opportunity to learn about and interact with 911th OG equipment and personnel, was intended to highlight the teamwork involved in launching and flying aircraft and accomplishing the new global strategic mission of the wing.


“No one career field is more important than another,” said Col. Greg Buchanan, commander of the 911th OG. “It takes every single one of us to get the jet in the air.”


Participants filtered in from all over the wing Friday morning to take part in the open house. Every group was represented in attendance, and even 911th AW Commander Col. John Robinson and Command Chief Master Sgt. Jamesha Barnes took part.


The day started with a mission briefing describing the responsibilities and activities of the group as well as briefings by the commanders of the 758th Airlift Squadron and the 911th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. The overarching theme of these informative interactions was not necessarily what each squadron does, but rather how their respective missions are impacted by the accomplishments and contributions of others.


“Your unit’s contribution to the new mission is critical,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Mazzei, 758th AS commander.


Steel Airmen then had the opportunity to interact with night vision goggles and other critical aircrew flight equipment. They also were able to receive a guided tour of a C-17 Globemaster III where loadmasters and pilots explained the various capabilities of the base’s new aircraft.


“We wanted to show you guys your jets. Every time you see a Pittsburgh tail in the air, remember each of you helped launch it,” Buchanan said. “It really takes a village to execute our world wide mission.”


After the various briefings and tours were complete, 911th OG personnel cooked food free of charge for attendees to underscore their thankfulness for the service and efforts of their wingmen.


“Thank you very much for what you do to support the mission,” said Lt. Col. Adam Foster, 911th AES commander. “We really appreciate it.”