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2nd Air Force Command Chief Adam Vizi

EPISODE 77- 2AF Command Chief Adam Vizi

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Chief Master Sergeant Adam Vizi has attained lots of things that your average human just can’t. TACP? yep. More than 20 years of service? Check. A vetted career filled with deployments, training, and experience as an Instructor? Too easy. But as always, we don’t settle in AFSPECWAR for “never been done before”, that’s just a stepping stone to the next thing and Chief Vizi embodies that. Chief Vizi is currently the 2AF Command Chief- for those that aren’t savvy, this means that he is THE highest ranking enlisted guy in an entire Numbered Air Force. Oh, did we mention that Numbered Air Force just so happens to be the one that oversees and produces ALL AFSPECWAR OPERATORS?! And I ope- my bad. If you have any questions about assessment and selection, how to be successful, what pitfalls to avoid, or ANYTHING related to your journey, Chief Vizi is the Subject Matter Expert. Huge shout out to Chief Vizi for coming on and we hope you are all focused, driven, and getting after it this week.🦉

On this episode of the Ones Ready podcast, we are joined by Command Chief Adam Vizi of the 2nd Air Force.  The 2nd Air Force is responsible for five training Wings and one training Group.  One of those training Wings is the Special Warfare Training Wing which we're all very familiar with since we are all interested in the ins and outs of Prep, A&S, and the remainder of the pipeline.  Command Chief Vizi discusses his time as a TACP instructor as well as the initiatives they're exploring in AETC, what it was like standing up the first enlisted Weapons School, and finally wrapping it up with some advice to existing Airmen who are in BMT or their tech school.  Please enjoy the episode and give us your feedback. If you liked it and feel so inclined, please leave us a review.  If we didn’t answer your questions, please let us know, and thank you for your support!

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2nd Air Force Command Chief guest hosts Airmanship 200

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-CHAPMAN TRAINING ANNEX – The senior enlisted leader of Second Air Force guest-hosted the newly established Airmanship 200 livestream with a Special Warfare Training Support Squadron military training leader Apr. 28 to discuss the topic of identity.

During the livestream, Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Traina spoke on their military experiences and how they identify as an Airman to viewers that tuned into the livestream.

“The values, heritage and pride you get for being part of the United States Air Force really start to cement into who you are,” Bass said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best…and I think that is what’s made me proud of the Airman I am.”

Airmanship 200 is a standardized development program that houses courses that allow instructors to start an Airman’s day by covering topics such as the profession of arms, character, life skills and how to be tactically ready and technically relevant. The goal of the program is to shape Airmen who are technically proficient at their job, but also well-rounded in other areas.

“The addition of focused, professional development in the technical training environment helps our Airmen build a sense of identity,” Traina said. “This is a way our peers and leadership can implement mentorship and growth early on in an Airman’s career… that may not happen until well into your first duty location or Airman Leadership School.”

At the Special Warfare Training Group, MTLs have pursued new methods to maintain readiness and continue professional development training. One question they faced immediately was: how is discussion facilitated without a physical classroom setting? The answer was found with something the Air Force has utilized for events, ceremonies and graduations, but not as often for learning environments: livestreaming.

As the Air Force finds a “new normal” during the COVID-19 crisis, Airmen have found new ways to continue meeting mission requirements while social-distancing and self-isolating. One requirement for Airmen in technical training is to complete a specific number of Airmanship 200 lessons, depending on their length of time in training, before going to the First Term Airman Center.
The restrictions of movement and stay-at-home orders reduced my ability to do my ‘normal’ job,” said Traina, who volunteered to pioneer the Airmanship 200 livestream in order to take care of his fellow MTLs.
Providing a livestream gave him a way to support those MTLs that were still working to take care of Airmen in the dorms during a time of restriction of movement and isolation, Traina said.

Airmanship 200 was initially rolled out by the 81st Training Group at Keesler Air Force Base in 2018 and was standardized by April 2019, aiming to build upon lessons learned in basic military training and support Airmen’s continued development during time spent in the First Term Airman Center and beyond.

“This type of professional development helps Airmen find a deeper connection and meaning to their service, hopefully resulting in a greater sense of job satisfaction and commitment to the Air Force,” Traina said. “We need to try to build personal connections to our Airmen so they know this isn’t a ‘job’ but a lifestyle – and their leaders are here to support their success.”

Traina’s creative efforts were met with support by his supervisors and command team.

“Our training team has leaned forward by finding creative solutions while maintaining the safety of our students,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Lemke, Special Warfare Training Support Squadron commander. “Tech Sgt. Traina has championed this effort to continue offering our students the means for professional development, and perhaps even more importantly, has provided another avenue for them to connect with each other socially while maintaining physical distancing.”

Airmanship 200 can be found via YouTube livestream Tuesday’s at 9:00 a.m. at https://bit.ly/Airmanship200. Prior recorded livestreams can be found on the Airmanship 200 YouTube Channel.

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Second Air Force

Numbered air force of the United States Air Force responsible for non-flying training

"2 AF" redirects here. It is not to be confused with AF-2 (disambiguation), AF2, or FA2 (disambiguation).

Military unit

The Second Air Force (2 AF; 2d Air Force in 1942) is a USAF numbered air force responsible for conducting basic military and technical training for Air Force enlisted members and non-flying officers. In World War II the CONUS unit defended the Northwestern United States and Upper Great Plains regions and during the Cold War, was Strategic Air Command unit with strategic bombers and missiles. Elements of Second Air Force engaged in combat operations during the Korean War; Vietnam War, as well as Operation Desert Storm.

History[edit]

The Northwest Air District of the GHQ Air Force was established on 19 October 1940; activated on 18 December 1940 at McChord Field, and then re-designated as 2d Air Force on 26 March 1941. 5th Bombardment Wing was assigned to Second Air Force up until 5 September 1941.[8]

2nd Air Force[edit]

Second Air Force region of the United States, World War II

On 11 December 1941, four days after the Pearl Harbor attack, 2d Air Force was placed under Western Defense Command. However, on 5 January 1942, it was returned to the Air Force Combat Command (a redesignation of GHQAF after creation of the United States Army Air Forces on 20 January 1941), and later placed directly under Headquarters AAF when Air Force Combat Command was dissolved in March 1942.

From December 1941, 2d Air Force organized air defense for the northwest Pacific Ocean coastline of the United States (1940–1941) and flew antisubmarine patrols along coastal areas until October 1942. It appears that immediately after 7 December 1941, only the 7th, 17th, 39th and 42d Bombardment Groups under II Bomber Command were available for this duty. In late January 1942, elements of the B-25 Mitchell-equipped 17th Bombardment Group at Pendleton Field, Oregon were reassigned to Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina ostensibly to fly antisubmarine patrols off the southeast coast of the United States, but in actuality came to prepare for the Doolittle Raid against Japan.

In January 1942, the 2d Air Force was withdrawn from the Western Defense Command and assigned the operational training of units, crews, and replacements for bombardment, fighter, and reconnaissance operations. It received graduates from Army Air Forces Training Command flight schools; navigator training; flexible gunnery schools and various technical schools, organized them into newly activated combat groups and squadrons, and conducted operational unit training (OTU) and replacement training (RTU) to prepare groups and replacements for deployment overseas to combat theaters.

As the Second Air Force it became predominantly the training organization of B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator heavy bombardment groups. Nearly all new heavy bomb groups organized after Pearl Harbor were organized and trained by Second Air Force OTU units, then were deployed to combat commands around the world. After most of the heavy bombardment groups had completed OTU training, the Second Air Force conducted replacement training of heavy bombardment combat crews and acquired a new mission of operational and replacement training of very heavy bombardment (B-29 Superfortress) groups and crews.

Designated the Second Air Force on 18 September 1942, starting in mid-1943 the unit's training of B-17 and B-24 replacement crews began to be phased out, and reassigned to First, Third and Fourth Air Forces as the command began ramping up training of B-29 Superfortress Very Heavy bomb groups, destined for Twentieth Air Force. Under the newly organized XX Bomber Command, B-29 aircraft were received from Boeing's manufacturing plants and new combat groups were organized and trained. XX Bomber Command and the first B-29 groups were deployed in December 1943 to airfields in India for Operation Matterhorn operations against Japan.

A football team made up of Second Air Force personnel defeated Hardin–Simmons University in the 1943 Sun Bowl.[9]

XXI Bomber Command, the second B-29 combat command and control organization was formed under Second Air Force in March 1944 with its combat groups beginning to deploy to the Mariana Islands in the Western Pacific beginning in December 1944. A third B-29 organization, XXII Bomber Command was formed by Second Air Force in August 1944, however the organization never got beyond forming Headquarters echelon and Headquarters squadron. Inactivated before any operational groups were assigned, as XX Bomber Command units were reassigned from India to the Marianas, eliminating need for the command.

On 13 December 1944, First, Second, Third and Fourth Air Force were all placed under the unified command of the Continental Air Forces (CAF) with the Numbered Air Forces becoming subordinate commands of CAF. The training of B-29 groups and replacement personnel continued until August 1945 and the end of the Pacific War. With the war's end, Second Air Force was inactivated on 30 March 1946. In what was effectively a redesignation, the headquarters staff and resources were used to create Fifteenth Air Force, which became the first Numbered Air Force of the new Strategic Air Command ten days later.

Cold War[edit]

The command was reactivated on 6 June 1946 under Air Defense Command, at Offutt Air Force Base. The Second Air Force assumed responsibility for the air defense of certain portions of the continental United States. In 1947, the 73d Bomb Wing was reactivated with the 338th and 351st Bombardment Groups being assigned to it, both reserve B-29 Superfortress organizations. The wing was assigned to Second Air Force. A third group, the 381st was added in 1948. However SAC was having enough difficulties keeping its front-line active duty bomb units in the air to maintain even minimal pilot proficiency in the late 1940s. The wing and its bomb groups were all inactivated in 1949.

The Second Air Force was also assigned the reserve 96th Bomb Wing, which was later redesignated an air division, and several C-46 Commando troop carrier groups under the 322d Troop Carrier Wing. One of these groups was the 440th Troop Carrier Group. It was again inactivated on 1 July 1948.

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The Second Air Force was (re)-activated and assigned to Strategic Air Command on 1 November 1949 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. The initial organization of Second Air Force as part of SAC was:[citation needed]

305th Bombardment Wing (MacDill AFB) (B-29)
306th Bombardment Wing (MacDill AFB) (B-47A)(Initial B-47 Stratojet Operational Training Unit – Not on Operational Alert)
307th Bombardment Wing (MacDill AFB) (B-29)
Detached for Korean War combat service with Far East Air Force, Kadena AB, Okinawa
31st Fighter Escort Wing (Turner AFB) (F-84)
108th Fighter Wing (Turner AFB) (F-47D) (Federalized New Jersey Air National Guard wing)

37th and 38th Air Divisions joined Second Air Force on 10 October 1951. 37th Air Division was responsible for Lockbourne Air Force Base and Lake Charles Air Force Base, and 38th Air Division was located at Hunter Air Force Base, Georgia.

With the end of fighting in Korea, President Eisenhower, who had taken office in January 1953, called for a "new look" at national defense. The result: a greater reliance on nuclear weapons and air power to deter war. His administration chose to invest in the Air Force, especially Strategic Air Command. The nuclear arms race shifted into high gear. The Air Force retired nearly all of its propeller-driven bombers and they were replaced by new Boeing B-47 Stratojet medium jet bombers. By 1955, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress heavy bomber would be entering the inventory in substantial numbers and as a result, Second Air Force grew both in scope and in numbers.

After the Korean War, the history of Second Air Force became part of Strategic Air Command's history, as B-47 Stratojet, and later B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft entered SAC's inventory. During the Cold War, Second Air Force aircraft and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM)s stood nuclear alert, providing a deterrence against an attack on the United States by the Soviet Union. In 1966, an order of battle for the force showed units spread across most of the United States, from the 6th Strategic Aerospace Wing at Walker AFB, New Mexico, to the 11th Strategic Aerospace Wing at Altus AFB, Oklahoma, to the 97th Bombardment Wing at Blytheville AFB, Arkansas.[10]

During the Vietnam War, squadrons of 2d Air Force B-52 Stratofortesses (primarily B-52Ds, augmented by some B-52Gs) were deployed to bases on Guam, Okinawa and Thailand to conduct Arc Light bombing attacks on communist forces. The 28th Bombardment Wing was among the units assigned this duty.[11] The 2d Air Force organization was inactivated during the post-Vietnam drawdown, on 1 January 1975, with those 2 AF bomb wings not inactivated and/or those 2 AF bases not closed, redistributed to 8 AF and 15 AF.

With the end of the Cold War and the restructuring of Strategic Air Command, Second Air Force was reactivated and became the steward for reconnaissance and battlefield management assets, based at Beale AFB, California. This assignment lasted from 1 September 1991 until 1 July 1993, when it was inactivated by Air Combat Command.

Air Education and Training Command[edit]

Second Air Force was reactivated and reassigned on 1 July 1993 to Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Its mission became conducting basic military and technical training for Air Force enlisted members and support officers at five major AETC training bases in the United States.

The command has the mission is to train mission ready graduates to support combat readiness and to build 'the world's most respected air, space, and cyberspace force'. To carry out this mission, Second Air Force manages all operational aspects of nearly 5,000 active training courses taught to approximately 250,000 students annually in technical training, basic military training, medical and distance learning courses. Training operations across Second Air Force range from intelligence to computer operations to space and missile operations and maintenance.

The first stop for all Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve enlisted airmen is basic military training (BMT) at Lackland AFB, Texas. After completing BMT, airmen begin technical training in their career field specialties, primarily at five installations: Goodfellow, Lackland, and Sheppard Air Force bases in Texas; Keesler AFB, Mississippi; and Vandenberg AFB, California. Each base is responsible for a specific portion of formal technical training airmen require to accomplish the Air Force mission. Instructors conduct technical training in specialties such as enlisted aviator, aircraft maintenance, civil engineering, medical services, computer systems, security forces, air traffic control, personnel, intelligence, fire fighting, and space and missile operations.

Commissioned officers attend technical training courses for similar career fields at the same locations.

Wings and Groups under Second Air Force are:

  • 37th Training WingLackland Air Force Base Texas
    Provides Basic Military Training to Air Force recruits as well as technical training in the career enlisted aviator, logistics, and Security Forces career fields.
  • 81st Training WingKeesler Air Force Base Mississippi
    Provides training in Aviation Resource Management, weather, basic electronics, communications electronic systems, communications computer systems, air traffic control, airfield management, command post, air weapons control, precision measurement, education and training, financial management and comptroller, information management, manpower and personnel.
  • 17th Training WingGoodfellow Air Force Base Texas
    Provides training in intelligence and firefighting career fields. Also provides training to Army, Navy and Marine detachments.
  • 82d Training WingSheppard Air Force Base Texas
    Provides specialized technical training, medical, and field training for officers, Airmen, and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies, and foreign nationals.
  • 381st Training GroupVandenberg AFB, California
    Provides qualification training for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), space surveillance, missile warning, spacelift, and satellite command and control operators. It also performs initial and advanced maintenance training on air-launched missiles (ALM) and ICBMs. It conducts training in joint space fundamentals and associated computer maintenance. The group also conducts qualification and orientation training for Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) staff and senior-level personnel, as well as instructor enhancement in support of operational units.
  • 602d Training GroupKeesler Air Force Base Mississippi
    Provides fully combat mission capable Airmen to all Combatant Commanders in direct support of the Joint Expeditionary Tasking (JET) mission.

In 2006, Second Air Force was assigned the responsibility of coordinating training for Joint Expeditionary Tasked (JET) Training Airmen. These Airmen are assigned to perform traditional US Army duties in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. An Expeditionary Mission Support Group was formed to provide command and control of these JET Airmen as they are trained at US Army Power Projection Platforms across the US prior to deploying to their assigned Area of Responsibility (AOR). This group has been named the 602d Training Group.

In 2007, Second Air Force was given responsibility to provide curricula and advice to the Iraqi Air Force as it stands up its own technical training and branch specific basic training among others. This mission is known as "CAFTT" for Coalition Air Forces Technical Training.

Lineage[edit]

Patch of Second Air Force during World War II
  • Established as Northwest Air District on 19 October 1940
Activated on 18 December 1940
Re-designated: 2d Air Force on 26 March 1941
Re-designated: Second Air Force on 18 September 1942
Inactivated on 30 March 1946.
  • Activated on 6 June 1946.
Inactivated on 1 July 1948.
  • Activated on 1 November 1949.
Inactivated on 1 January 1975.
  • Activated on 1 September 1991.
Inactivated on 1 July 1993.

Assignments[edit]

Stations[edit]

  • McChord Field, Washington, 18 December 1940
  • Fort George Wright, Washington, 9 January 1941
  • Colorado Springs AAF, Colorado, 13 June 1943 – 30 March 1946
  • Fort Crook, Nebraska, 6 June 1946 – 1 July 1948
  • Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, 1 November 1949 – 1 January 1975
  • Beale AFB, California, 1 September 1991 – 1 July 1993
  • Keesler AFB, Mississippi. 1 July 1993 –

Components[edit]

Commands[edit]

  • I Bomber Command: 1 May – 6 October 1943
Redesignated: XX Bomber Command: 20 November 1943 – 29 June 1944
472d Bombardment Group, 1 September 1943 – 1 April 1944
  • II Fighter (later, V Fighter) Command: 4 June 1941 – August 1942
  • 2d Air Force Service (later, 2d Air Force Base) Command: 1 October 1941 – 20 May 1942.
  • 2d Air Support (later, 2d Ground Air Support; II Air Support) Command: 1 September 1941 – 25 January 1943
  • 2d Bomber (later, II Bomber) Command: 5 September 1941 – 6 October 1943.
  • 4th Air Support (later, IV Air Support) Command: 12 August 1942 – 21 January 1943.
  • XXI Bomber Command: 1 March 1944 – 9 November 1944
  • XXII Bomber Command: 14 August 1944 – 13 February 1945

Divisions[edit]

14 March 1951 – 1 July 1952
1 July 1952 – 1 April 1957
1 July 1959 – 1 January 1975
1 April 1955 – 1 July 1957
15 July 1959 – 2 July 1969
1 January 1970 – 1 January 1975

Wings[edit]

Squadrons[edit]

List of commanders[edit]

No.Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1
John C. Griffith
Major General
John C. Griffith
1 July 199313 June 19951 year, 347 days
2
Henry M. Hobgood
Major General
Henry M. Hobgood
13 June 199528 August 19961 year, 76 days
3
Lance W. Lord
Major General
Lance W. Lord
28 August 19961 August 1997338 days
4
Andrew J. Pelak Jr.
Major General
Andrew J. Pelak Jr.
1 August 199725 August 20003 years, 24 days
5
John F. Regni
Major General
John F. Regni
25 August 20008 July 20043 years, 318 days
6
Lloyd S. Utterback
Major General
Lloyd S. Utterback
8 July 20049 November 20051 year, 124 days
7
Michael C. Gould
Major General
Michael C. Gould
9 November 2005May 2008~2 years, 174 days
8
Alfred K. Flowers
Major General
Alfred K. Flowers
May 200829 September 2009~1 year, 151 days
9
Mary Kay Hertog
Major General
Mary Kay Hertog
29 September 200921 July 20111 year, 295 days
10
Leonard A. Patrick
Major General
Leonard A. Patrick
21 July 20113 July 20142 years, 347 days
11
Mark Anthony Brown
Major General
Mark Anthony Brown
3 July 201426 August 20162 years, 54 days
12
Robert D. LaBrutta
Major General
Robert D. LaBrutta
26 August 201623 August 2017362 days
13
Timothy J. Leahy
Major General
Timothy J. Leahy
23 August 201729 August 20192 years, 6 days
14
Andrea Tullos
Major General
Andrea Tullos
29 August 201930 July 20211 year, 335 days
15
Michele C. Edmondson
Major General
Michele C. Edmondson
30 July 2021Incumbent73 days

References[edit]

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency website http://www.afhra.af.mil/.

  • Maurer, Maurer (1983). Air Force Combat Units of World War II. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-89201-092-4.
  • Ravenstein, Charles A. (1984). Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. ISBN 0-912799-12-9.

External links[edit]

Air Force News: http://www.aetc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/5115/Article/263318/army-air-force-leaders-examine-in-lieu-of-training.aspx
Air Force News: http://www.aetc.af.mil/News/ArticleDisplay/tabid/5115/Article/263675/ilo-training-prepares-airmen-to-serve-in-combat-operations.aspx
Air Force News: Change of Command https://archive.is/20121212040908/http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123166976
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