Colonel Michael S. Newsom
Chief Master Sergeant Learie R. Gaitan
MISSION: Motivate, Train, & Inspire the next generation of AIrmen with the foundation to deliver 21st Century Airpower
VISION: Be the world’s unrivaled Basic Military Training institution
WHAT IS AN AIRMAN? Air Force Doctrine Document 1-1 defines "airman" as "any US Air Force member (officer or enlisted, active, reserve, or guard, along with Department of the Air Force civilians) who supports and defends the US Constitution and serves our country. Air Force Airmen are those people who formally belong to the US Air Force and employ or support some aspect of the US Air Force's air and space power capabilities. An Airman is any person who understands and appreciates the full range of air and space power capabilities and can employ or support some aspect of air and space power capabilities."
BMT Real ID Act notice for visitors
To help reduce potential spread of COVID-19, guests are no longer allowed to attend Basic Military Training graduation ceremonies in person.
However, BMT graduations are now live streamed on the USAF BMT Facebook page every Thursday at 9 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/USAFBMT.
“Each year, about 40,000 Airmen march across the parade field with up to 7,000 family members in attendance each week for the momentous occasion,” Maj. Gen. Andrea Tullos, 2nd Air Force commander, said. “Gatherings of this size increase the possibility that the virus could be transmitted to our training population. We realize families want to show support to their loved ones and they will be disappointed they can’t participate in the graduation events, but we have a responsibility to protect not only our Airmen but those citizens they will come in contact with as they travel to their follow-on training locations.”
JBSA officials will continue to monitor and discuss the situation with medical experts to determine when guest attendance at graduation events will resume.