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Five 37th TRG instructors earn AETC master instructor designation

Instructors and leadership gather for group photo at ceremony.

Five Airmen assigned to the 37th Training Group earned the designation of master instructor and were recognized in a ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, May 26, 2021. From left are: Chief Master Sgt. James Allegrezza, 341st Training Squadron; Kevin Salis, 37th Training Support Squadron; Col. Joyce Storm, 37th TRG commander; Master Sgt. Ryan Bradley, 344th TRS; Master Sgt. Gary Cline, 344th TRS; Staff Sgt. Corey Meeks, 341st TRS; Tech. Sgt. JericaMay LeCates, 37th TRSS; Senior Master Sgt. Danny Hayter, 37th TRSS; and Maj. Jordan Clark, 344th TRS commander. Not present for the photo was Tech. Sgt. Christopher Hale, 344th TRS, who along with Bradley, Cline, Meeks and LeCates, earned the master instructor designation. (U.S. Air Force photo)

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 here 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 CCAF 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 excellence 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.