JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Training squadrons rely on instructors to train the next generation of Airmen on the technical skills needed to perform in their career field specialties. Many Airmen come to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland as formal technical training instructors; however, few earn the designation of master instructor – the highest honor Air Education and Training Command bestows on instructors.
On May 26, Col. Joyce Storm, 37th Training Group commander, recognized five instructors for achieving master instructor status. She presented Master Sgt. Gary Cline, Master Sgt. Ryan Bradley and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hale, 344th Training Squadron; Tech. Sgt. JericaMay Lecates, 37th TRSS; and Staff Sgt. Corey Meeks, 341st TRS, with the AETC Master Instructor badge, congratulating them for completing the designation requirements.
“Earning a master instructor badge signifies a prestigious achievement,” said Jerry Wade, 37th TRG Master Instructor and Community College of the Air Force Instructor Certification Program Manager. “Only about 10 percent of instructors earn the designation.”
A technical training and education instructor earns master instructor designation, according to AETC’s Master Instructor Guide, by completing a minimum of 1,000 hours as primary instructor teaching, earning an excellent or higher rating on the last three consecutive instructor evaluations, completing at least six semester hours of professional continuing education, and participation in professional curriculum development projects.