by Mike Joseph
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs
7/8/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- When
a Military Training Leader in the 37th Training Support Squadron
decided it was time to make a career path change, he had no idea that
he'd leave here as an award winner.
After almost 12 years as an MTL, including duties at Goodfellow Air
Force Base, Texas, Keesler AFB, Miss., and the last four at
JBSA-Lackland, Master Sgt. Malcolm Summers II takes a 2014 Air Education
and Training Command Outstanding Airman of the Year Award and AETC
Senior MTL of the Year with him to his new assignment at Beale AFB,
Calif., as a civil engineer operations manager.
"I am humbled and I truly still don't believe it," said Summers about
being chosen the top MTL. "This was something I dreamed about in my
younger years as an MTL. But, as you grow in rank, you learn it's about
the team and their success. I give all the credit to my commander (Lt.
Col. Charmine Martin, 37th TRSS commander), my teammates in the Airman
Transition Assistance Flight, and my family for their love and support.
"It wasn't me who won this ... I see it as a team award," he said. "It's
a testament to the amazing things ATAF has done and continues to do and
Lt. Col. Martin supporting us with her time, energy and leadership to
make a difference in the lives of the Airmen assigned; she's an amazing
commander and leader."
Summers said when he found out he'd won at the wing level, it surprised
him because "they are a lot of great senior NCOs doing great things" in
the 37th Training Wing.
Summers spent the first part of the award year at the Defense Language
Institute English Language Center as International Operations Squadron
superintendent before moving to the 37th TRSS Airman Transition
Assistance Flight as flight chief.
The flight is the 37th TRW's focal point for processing Airmen who are
pending discharge from the Air Force during technical training, for
reasons ranging from medical reasons to disciplinary issues to course
In both positions, developing cost-cutting programs were among the
highlights in Summers' award package. He served as the DLI liaison to
the Royal Saudi air force country liaison officers and as an advisor to
them on how to implement military training within the F-15 training
He taught and developed the initial training course lesson plans for the
contractor staff, cutting the F-15 training project training to four
days and saving $120,000. After moving to ATAF, Summers transformed and
expedited the 37th TRW discharge process for non-prior service students,
which saved the Air Force $1.5 million. He also developed his ATAF team
implementing its Transition Education Program, helping avoid $456,000
in tuition assistance costs.
"ATAF is unique because we're processing individuals for discharge, but
yet still continue to grow them as Airmen and individuals," Summers
said. "We do everything we can for those Airmen who are transitioning
out of the Air Force to set them up for success after they leave.
"Seven out of 10 Airmen who come through ATAF say they want to go to
college. The Transition Education Program focuses on those Airmen taking
the College Level Examination Program while they're still here. In six
months, we had more than 1,364 college credits earned by Airmen on their
way out. That's amazing."
Summers completed his re-training in early June, graduating at the top
of his class in technical training school at Sheppard AFB, Texas. In a
few days, the 17-year service member and his family will begin the trek
to California and a new career.
"To start from scratch in a new career field is scary but exciting," he
said. "I'm excited to take all the life lessons, experience and
knowledge I've learned as an MTL and put it to the test."