News story: US Air Force award for MOD employee

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Ministry of Defence said:
David Cummings, originally from Bury St Edmunds, distinguished himself by providing outstanding support and training to 3 RAF bases and NATO operations, as well as certifying a United States Air Force (USAF) unit of 50 personnel.
He has been an employee with the MOD for 33 years and has worked at RAF Lakenheath for the past 3 years.
Mr Cummings is the greatest trainer ever,” said Airman 1st Class Dante Armijo, a USAF vehicle operator apprentice at RAF Lakenheath.
He has a lot of patience and takes the time to teach us. I am much more comfortable driving now that he’s my trainer.
Mr Cummings is the 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s lead vehicle trainer. He monitors the unit training records, is in charge of the upgrade training program and has dedicated more than 260 hours in training and certifying personnel. He has also trained 25 RAF Lakenheath airmen on various vehicles.

Mr David Cummings at work [Picture: Staff Sergeant Stephanie Mancha, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Copyright United States Air Force]Mr Cummings said:
It can be scary for the airmen that come here to drive on these roads. They are not used to driving manual trailers on small roads or taking the roundabouts.
Mr Cummings is also a sergeant in the Territorial Army and has deployed to Afghanistan in support of NATO operations.
Cummings does an amazing job,” said British Army Major Dave McGee, 6th Regiment Army Air Corps training officer.
He’s my subject matter expert; he coordinates driver training for our reserve soldiers and makes them into light goods vehicle drivers.

David Cummings (left) trains vehicle operator apprentice Airman 1st Class Dante Armijo of the United States Air Force at RAF Lakenheath [Picture: Staff Sergeant Stephanie Mancha, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Copyright United States Air Force]Additionally, Mr Cummings has provided support for the 48th Fighter Wing F-15s and HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, has supervised 64 distinguished visitors’ transportations and has saved the USAF more than $2 million in contracted cost and transportation fees.
I wasn’t expecting to win, but it’s a great achievement,” said Mr Cummings.
It’s nice to be recognised for the work I do here at the shop.


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#3
Driving instructor is working as a driving instructor... now that is news. Thanks.
Well it is a US award- probably dished out with the cookies and coffee ( Yank for tea and biscuits). I was more concerned with why they keep him in a little tin box when he's not instructing!
 
#5
"2012 United States Air Force Transportation Civilian Technician of the Year"

I don't know what the physical award is but the engraving must have cost a fortune.


"vehicle operator apprentice" - I take it that's a learner driver?
 
#6
Piece of piss. I had a military license (Army) that was good for vehicles up to and including M60 MBT and a lot of these vehicles I learned on had good old fashioned monkey model standard transmissions. Can't think why these hothouse flowers in the Chair Force are having such trouble mastering the skills needed to use a clutch and gear shift lever, etc. Kudos to the TA sergeant in attempting to teach those young 'uns how it was done back in the day.
 
#7
Well, unlike so many on here who are constantly looking for 'respect and recognition' for having served, this guy was given the award without asking.

I suppose by extension of the above logic that it would make an ATO / squaddy etc getting a gong for 'doing his job' all wrong would it ? .......... why get all bent out of shape over people getting recognised for doing their jobs well ? Someone get overlooked a few times did they ? Feel their good work wasn't properly celebrated ? ;-)

Some people are just too bored and too bitter . Just because Americans tend to like wearing their life story on their uniforms or telling you all about themselves the minute you first meet them doesn't make it wrong. Just they have a different culture to us.
 
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Well, unlike so many on here who are constantly looking for 'respect and recognition' for having served, this guy was given the award without asking.

I suppose by extension of the above logic that it would make an ATO / squaddy etc getting a gong for 'doing his job' all wrong would it ? .......... why get all bent out of shape over people getting recognised for doing their jobs well ? Someone get overlooked a few times did they ? Feel their good work wasn't properly celebrated ? ;-)

Some people are just too bored and too bitter . Just because Americans tend to like wearing their life story on their uniforms or telling you all about themselves the minute you first meet them doesn't make it wrong. Just they have a different culture to us.
Yes, yes, maybe so but we are actually taking the piss. It's what soldiers do. Even old has beens like me find the habit hard to break. Don't stress mate it's all good. I agree yanks wear a lot of bling and its just the way they are, I can live with that.
 

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