Development and Training Flight welcomes new instructor

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  • By Senior Airman Dylan Gentile
  • 919th Special Operations Wing

Former command chiefs and students joined Duke Field’s Development and Training Flight this past weekend to say goodbye to Master Sgt. Melissa Hill, the outgoing instructor, and hello to Tech. Sgt. Maggie Lichtenwalner, the incoming instructor.

            “I’ve put a lot of blood sweat and tears into this program over the past three years,” said Hill. “Selecting the incoming flight chief was very important to me, and I think Tech. Sgt. Lichtenwalner is going to make a significant impact on the program..”

            The D&TF is preparatory training for newly enlisted members that have not yet attended basic training. Instructors for the program are tasked with teaching the students basic Air Force knowledge, marching techniques and physical fitness training.

            “Training Airmen and helping them fulfill their goals is a huge part of my life,” said Lichtenwalner. “I can’t wait for the day one of them comes back and tells me my teaching and instruction actually helped them.”

            Hill hosted a burger burn to give her trainees a chance to meet the new instructor and wish her goodbye. Some of her former students from various squadrons made an appearance to thank her for her role in their career development.

            “My favorite part of the whole program was when trainees graduated basic training and  sent me photos of them in their blues,” said Hill. “It brings tears to my eyes to see they made it, especially the ones who struggled to get there.”

            Hill will be returning to the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron as a senior Active Guard Reservist. Lichtenwalner comes from the 919th Force Support Squadron, where she was serving as a Transition Assistance Program coordinator.

            “I’m really honored to be chosen for this position because I know this program can really shape young Airmen’s minds,” said Lichtenwalner. “I think this program helps give the Air Force Reserve a really good name when our Airmen are out there representing the 919th.”

            Lichtenwalner will be the new flight chief effective Dec. 1, 2022, and will pave the road ahead for many Airmen to make their mark on the Air Force.