Thoughts from a C-17...

Last week I had the privilege of flying with the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 315th Airlift Wing on a civic leader trip to Lackland Air Force Base. On this guy’s awesomeness scale, not much beats being in the cockpit of a C-17 at 33,000 feet.

There were several unforgettable experiences on the trip, but meeting a few of the incredible men and women who serve in the Air Force Reserve is what I’ll remember most.

On our trip, reservists from the Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron practiced administering mid-flight lifesaving procedures for patients suffering everything from acute trauma to cardiac arrest. This kind of training is not an academic exercise. Many of the service members on our flight have years of experience transporting critically injured soldiers from the front lines.

Another important takeaway from the trip – part-time service does not mean partially qualified. While most reservists are in uniform one weekend a month and two weeks a year, they go through the same basic training as their active duty counterparts and execute many specialized missions. Many reservists have years of experience as former active duty service members; others have civilian careers that align with their military jobs.

Anyone who has been able to spend time with the men and women who serve in our armed forces wants to know ways they can show their support beyond saying “thank you.” I asked that question several times last week and got a consistent answer: help educate employers about reserve service.

For anyone with employees in the reserves, take time to learn about their service duties. When they’re away from work fulfilling their obligation to help defend the country, they’re probably also getting experience and training that make them an even more valuable member of your team when they return.

Read more about the 315th Airlift Wing Civic Leader Trip…Civic Leaders Take Flight

Learn about the $10.8 billion economic impact of the armed forces in the Charleston region and
the $24.1 billion impact statewide…Economic Impact of the Military

Ian Scott,
SVP Government Relations

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