Jordanian exchange officer ACEs course

ACE award

First Lt. Ahmad Abdoh Al-Fanatseh, a 363rd Training Squadron maintenance management course graduate from Jordan, has earned the ACE award Nov. 6, 2017, at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The ACE award is given for maintaining a 100 Percent average throughout each block test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert L. McIlrath)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

A Jordanian officer in the maintenance management course here graduated and earned the coveted ACE award.

 

First Lt. Ahmad Abdoh Al-Fanatseh received the ACE award Nov. 6, during a graduation ceremony for the 363rd Training Squadrons maintenance management course. ACE awards are presented for maintaining a 100 percent GPA throughout the course.

 

Al-Fanatseh, a Mu’ta University graduate, showed dedication and excellence as he achieved perfect test scores throughout the three month course.

 

“I’m really glad I could make my country and my family proud,” he said. “I thought it would be a lot more difficult for me since it was a new culture and a new language.”

 

Al-Fanatseh’s instructors weren’t surprised he achieved a perfect course score.

 

“He understood all the material perfectly and never stopped putting in effort,” said J.B. Garvin, 363rd TRS instructor. “To make the transition between languages was incredible.”

 

The course hasn’t been known for having a lot of ACE awards earned.

 

“I’ve been here for three and a half years and I’ve never seen one earned,” said Tech. Sgt. Michael Cartone, 363rd TRS maintenance management course NCO in charge. “It’s been a great pleasure having him in the course.”

 

The Jordanian soldier will return home to his wife and two children soon and is scheduled to promote to captain in six months.