Trainees prepare for productive Reserve careers

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940th Wing Developmental Training Flight members Guillemo Herrera (right), from Elk Grove, and Marco Aranada, from Sacramento, build a tower of balloons in a teambuilding exercise during a recent Unit Training Assembly on Beale Air Force Base, California, May 3.

The aim of the activity was to develop skills the trainees will need to become productive airmen in the Air Force Reserve, said Master Sgt. Veronica Rooks, DTF program manager.

Teams of 5-6 trainees were given 40 balloons and a roll of masking tape and directed to build the highest tower possible within a set time limit.

"We want to cause these trainees to think about how they work with others and challenge them to find ways to improve those skills," Rooks said.

The training flight was established in December 2013 with six trainees and currently has 17 trainees awaiting basic training or technical school training dates. The unit participates in monthly unit training assemblies at the reserve wing at Beale.

Rooks said the program focuses on teaching Air Force culture, history, customs and courtesies, and uniform standards to better prepare trainees to succeed in their upcoming training.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Dana Lineback)