311 TRS MTL named best of 2006

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- A member of one of Team Goodfellow's geographically separated units was recognized May 8 for his outstanding performance as a military training leader.

Senior Master Sgt. Steven Davison, assigned to the 311th Training Squadron, was named U.S. Air Force Military Training Leader of the Year, Senior Category, for 2006.

"It was a total surprise," Sergeant Davison said. "I was selected as the Senior MTL of the Year at the Squadron and Group level and was informed in January, but I assumed the award ended there."

If Sergeant Davison was surprised, he might have been the only one.

"I was not surprised Sergeant Davison won," said 2nd Lt. Maureen Brown, Sergeant Davison's section commander. "He works tirelessly on behalf of the squadron and our Airmen."

Among the many accomplishments which lead to Sergeant Davison's nomination were his mentoring of 23 other MTLs, his direct contributions to the squadron's overall "Excellent" rating during the 2006 Operational Readiness Inspection, his impact on the local Community College of the Air Force programs and his efforts the improve the quality of life for Airmen at the Presidio of Monterey.

Sergeant Davison has been in the Air Force for 25 years, serving under five Major Commands and holding four different Air Force Specialty Codes. He has also deployed world-wide in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

According to the award-winning MTL, what earned him the award was his understanding of what the Air Force needs in today's Airmen.

"The ability to work with Airmen and help them understand how important their mission is to supporting the Global War on Terrorism keeps you motivated," said Sergeant Davison. "I also maintain a great working relationship with my fellow MTLs," he added. "I would never ask them or expect them to do anything I would not do myself."

To be a military training leader, an Airman must hold the rank of senior airman or higher and complete an application.

"I highly encourage every Airman to first become the best in their current AFSC," Sergeant Davison said. "Once they're in their second enlistment, look into the various special duties the Air Force has to offer, then return to your career field and share the experience with others," he added. "It is truly rewarding to work with a large variety of specialties accomplishing the same mission."