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479th Flying Training Group receives COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine

Col. William H. O’Brien IV, 479th Flying Training Group commander, receives his first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Jan. 22 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Sean T. Leuschen)

COVID-19 Vaccine

With the help of the U.S. Navy, nearly 400 members of the 479th Flying Training Group cycled through one of the group's aircraft hangars at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, to get their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Sean T. Leuschen)

Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida --

The 479th Flying Training Group, the Air Force’s only Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training pipeline, notched a significant milestone in their battle with the COVID-19 pandemic Jan. 22 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.

Alongside their joint partners, 370 active duty and civilian members of the 479th FTG were among the first vaccinated to help reduce the burden of the COVID-19 disease and help mitigate the risk to military operations.

“This has been a long battle for all of us, but this is a huge step toward our new normal and a needed safeguard for our team,” said Col. William O'Brien IV, 479th FTG commander.

“Our role in developing combat systems officers is essential to preserving our national security,” O’Brien added. “COVID-19 placed a significant burden on our team and CSO production, but this vaccine is a safe answer. Combining this vaccine with our other safety implementations helps reduce the threat to our military operations, and in turn, increases UCT’s effectiveness. I urge everyone to do their part and volunteer to increase our mitigation efforts."

Military dependents and family members are encouraged to remain patient as their opportunity to volunteer for the vaccine is coming soon.