The Texas State Guard’s 482nd Air Support Group, based at Sheppard Air Force Base, completed its first annual training exercise June 28 – July 2 at the Camp Bowie Training Center.
The unit, which was elevated from a detachment from the 4th Air Wing out of Dallas, was activated as an air support group June 29.
Since the unit’s formation in November 2011, it has been operating as a detachment out of 4th Air Wing, based in Dallas. The detachment was officially activated as an air support group June 29.
The TXSG’s annual training is four days long, consisting of training both in the classroom and the field. Other units at Camp Bowie included the entire Air Component Command, consisting of the 4th and 5th AW’s and their subordinate commands and the headquarters staff, and the TXSG army regiments from across the state.
Lt. Col. Ron Soejoto, the 482nd ASG commander, was pleased with the training at Camp Bowie, which featured communications, security and logistics training, along with shelter management activities.
“This is the first time we have had the opportunity to work with some of our communications equipment,” Soejoto said. “Getting the chance to interact with the rest of the air arm of the Texas State Guard and see how we fit into the big picture is huge for as we continue to develop our mission capabilities.”
Master Sgt. Jesse Doria, a communications specialist, appreciated the knowledge-sharing that took place amongst the different units.
“I got the chance to deploy out to an exercise shelter in the local community,” Doria said. “Coordinating with the Army unit in place, figuring out their communication requirements and then executing the set up and operation of the radio systems was a lot of fun. I learned how we can operate in a joint environment, not just with other TXSG units, but also the local emergency management teams.”
For more information on joining the 482nd Air Support Group of the Texas State Guard in Wichita Falls, contact Sr. Master Sgt. Chris Riordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s note: Hurnville residents Chris and Penny Riordan are members of the Texas State Guard 482nd Air Support Group, based at Sheppard Air Force Base.