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Instructor of the Week: 1st Lt. Winter

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

1st Lt. David Winter, 459th Flying Training Squadron F flight military training officer and native of Knoxville, Tennessee, has been in the Air Force for three years and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Oct. 18-24, 2016.

 

Most significant accomplishments:

 

“My most rewarding moment as an instructor was getting to pin the wings on one of my first students and being voted as the most valuable instructor pilot for class 17-01,” Winter said. “It’s an extremely humbling experience when the students you work hard for look back at you and say, ‘You had the greatest impact on me during training.’”

Airman’s story:

 

“I grew up infatuated with the idea of flying,” he said. “I worked hard to achieve that goal, and was blessed with the opportunity to attend the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program. At the end of Undergraduate Pilot Training the Air Force decided the way I can best serve is to stay here as an instructor, so that’s what I do. I focus on being the most effective instructor pilot possible to train pilots for the NATO alliance. I have loved this assignment, and I look forward to what the Air Force has next for me and my family.”

Supervisor comments:

“Lieutenant Winter is an extraordinary asset to the flight,” said Italian Air Force Maj. Giovanni Pasqualucci, F flight commander. “He knows how to work with the chain of command and get things done, and he takes charge of assigned students’ training. While under my supervision, he performed multiple jobs in the flight, accomplishing all tasks efficiently. Despite his youth, he is a very strong instructor pilot and sets the bar with his instructional techniques and manner of teaching students.”