Shaw honorary commanders meet the Reaper (crew)

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  • By Staff Sgt. Kelsey Owen
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Members of the Shaw Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program visited the 482nd Attack Squadron for an immersion tour on June 22.

The 482nd ATKS Airmen highlighted the remotely piloted aircraft mission at Shaw and it's unique abilities and challenges, it's history in the U.S. Air Force, and learn about honorary commanders role in the community. 

“Building relationships between the local community and military presence is crucial,” said Capt. Andrew, 482nd ATKS MQ-9 Reaper pilot. “Understanding what each team provides and how they can help creates a stronger environment where each party can focus on how they are able to better assist the other.”

The tour lasted two hours and included a mission brief and chance to operate the MQ-9 simulator as a pilot or sensor operator, giving the visitors a firsthand look what MQ-9 crews do every day.

“Any chance that I get to come out to Shaw to meet our service members and learn about what they do is always really special to me,” said Tina McKiethan, 77th Fighter Generation Squadron honorary commander. “I look forward to doing it again.”