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What's new in our neighborhood? Just take a look below! UPDATED: 23 SEP 2013
Part of this years Convention is going to be the going away of CMSgt Kenneth A. Williams. Please join us as we say, "Good-bye" to our Superintendent:
Chief Williams' Retirement
Luncheon Social (15 Oct 13, Tuesday):
Retirement Ceremony (18 Oct 13, Friday):
The time has come once again for all Master Military training Instructors "Blue Ropes" past and present, active duty, reserve, guard, or retired to come together on the evening of 18 Oct to celebrate the 38th Annual Blue Rope Ball.
The committee is looking forward to maximum participation...thank you in advance and please RSVP NLT 7 Oct to the email listed on invitation (attachment).
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About the Original MTI Yahoo Chat Group
It has been my experience that this message board was and is a special place for free and open discussion. Members are free to enter into whatever conversations are taking place, and either post their comments, or not, as they choose. In the past there have been discussions covering many different subjects including drill and ceremonies, wear of the AF uniform, BMT curriculum, proper length of a step while marching, even some political banter prior to the election. Together, we have laughed at some of the things posted, mourned the loss of our brother members even when we had never met them, and offered prayer for those of us who have had or are now suffering a personal crises. As individuals we are a very diverse group but with one commonality that sets us apart from every other person on earth—we are Military Training Instructors.
There is no past tense here, only veteran instructors and active duty instructors exist in the very special world of MTI's. I can think of no other group of individuals who would recognize what special qualities are needed to be a MTI, it is one thing that you just "had to be there" to understand. Some of us served one tour as a MTI, while others may have spent several tours and worked in different capacities. Our membership spans the spectrum from Airman to General Officer. We have individuals who have served or are serving as Street Instructors, Team Leaders, Section Supervisors, Training Superintendents, First Sergeants, and Commanders. Our group can claim members who are currently from many different walks of life: active duty military, lawyer, physical therapist, diplomat, writer, private investigator, commercial fisherman, big game processor, motorcycle mechanic, computer repairman, salesmen, preacher, school teacher, law enforcement officer, civil servant, retiree, and the list goes on and on. But in our differences there remains that common bond that draws us all together just like family—we are all TI's. It is both an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of this special group.
This message board is fun! That's its purpose. There is an extensive amount of good natured kidding that goes on among us, and many of us have ventured into some heated discussions over a variety of subjects. We have all demonstrated that we have a very good sense of humor, a sharp wit, and the ability to take as well as give. I sincerely hope that it continues to be that way. I would hate to see any of the things that make us such a unique group go away. Things like, mustard bottles, pool parties, Aide-de-Camps, big bottles of CR, humorous signatures, baked goods, length of steps, cadence, command voice competition, and Mexican food all contribute to the fun and enjoyment of each others company. While all is fair in love and this message board, I try not to be too caustic in my remarks out of the deep respect that I have for each and every member. But that's just me, it's the way I am. We have all aspired to, and accomplished or are accomplishing, many different things, and life can be tough at times. It is a comfort to know that we all can come to this board and share, or lurk as we see fit and still remain welcome asa brother or sister MTI.
1968 - 1972, 3706 BMTS & 3724 BMTS
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WOMEN OF THE AIR FORCE
|June 12, 1948: The Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, signed into law by President Harry Truman, gave women permanent status in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
President Truman signing the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, 1948
No longer would special women's "components," be formed during military emergencies for the duration only. Women in all the services were members of the Regular Armed Forces and the Reserves, subject to military authority and regulations and entitled to veterans benefits. However, the act placed a 2 percent ceiling on the number of women in each of the services, restricted promotions to one full colonel or Navy captain as Chief of the Nurse Corps and/or Service Director, and limited the number of female officers who could serve as lieutenant colonels or Navy commanders.
The law also granted the service Secretaries authority to discharge women without specified cause and restricted women from flying aircraft engaged in combat and from being assigned to ships engaged in combat.
Nov. 8, 1967: Women were prohibited from being generals or admirals until President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Public Law 90-130. It also lifted ceilings for other ranks and removed the 2 percent ceiling on the number of active duty enlisted women. But, as strange as it may seem, women were not fully integrated into the Air Force until 1973. Up till that time, they were part of the Women in the Air Force (WAF).
Prior to 1973, WAF Basic Military Training reinforced feminine values. Female trainees were required to have two girdles, one on, one in the drawer. They had to carry lipstick and perfume in their "ditty bag" at all times. The Instructors presented a personal development course with a variety of tips for women. Some of the course content included four hours on skin and hair care, two hours on etiquette and office manners, six hours on makeup, a one-hour manicure and pedicure course, and a two-hour block about posture and movement.
The course syllabus for the posture and movement block stated that it was designed to "include definition and purpose of good posture with emphasis on grace in motion." Trainees were instructed in various aspects of good posture: climbing and descending stairs, removing and donning coats, and the all-important manner of crossing one's legs. It also included instruction on how to "walk like a lady again."
The end of Selective Service in 1973 ushered in a new era in personnel policy for all the branches of the Armed Forces. It was at that time that women were designated as actual Airman. The last director of the WAF was Maj General Jeanne M. Holm - 1965-1973.
29 Oct 74: The Air Training Command motto "Prepare the Man" was discontinued.
1 Dec 75: Dual management of military women in ATC officially ended when the command's last WAF Squadron Section was inactivated at Mather AFB.
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In this unique bird's eye view of the parade grounds, you can easily see the MTI Monument near the top center of the photo
Our famous 'Bomb Run'
View of the 737th AETC Wing HQ building and Monuments
|AFMTC shield set in tile in front of the Reviewing Stand - installed (below) in February 1978|