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Kretzer aces aircraft maintenance officer course

Kretzer aces aircraft maintenance officer course

First Lt. Rebecca Kretzer takes a break during an aircraft maintenance officer course simulation, a benchmark portion of the 363rd Training Squadron's 67-training-day course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Oct. 22, 2019. Kretzer completed all seven blocks of training with perfect scores, earning the distinction of being an ace student. (Contributed photo)

Ace Award

Students who complete their training with perfect scores earn the distinction of being an ACE student. (U.S. Air Force graphic by John Ingle)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – First Lt. Rebecca Kretzer recorded perfect scores in the aircraft maintenance officer course here at Sheppard Air Force Base, earning the distinction of being an ace student.

The 363rd Training Squadron’s aircraft maintenance officer course is 67 academic days of seven blocks of instruction that covers 109 course objectives. Students learn to direct aircraft maintenance operations and repair activities; manage quality assurance through training, budget and resource management; formulate maintenance plans and conduct periodic inspections; and manage overall maintenance activities for working and disabled aircraft.

Kretzer graduated Oct. 24, 2019.

Rank and Name: 1st Lt. Rebecca Kretzer

Unit: 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

Duty title: Flight commander

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Time in service: 2 years, 10 months

Why you joined: To challenge myself and put my leadership skills to the test.

Hobbies: Weightlifting, reading

Favorite aspect of job: Getting to lead a stellar group of maintainers in an unpredictable and evolving aircraft battle damage repair mission.

Most memorable Air Force experience: While deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, I served as a depot liaison engineer embedded in the maintenance group and was able to experience the flightline atmosphere and directly connect my engineering skills for immediate impact on the war fighting effort.

Instructor comment:
"First Lt. Kretzer was a phenomenal student who showed a real thirst for knowledge and enjoyed engaging with her classmates and instructors," said Maj. Jeremy Baxter, 363rd TRS AMOC instructor. "She was instrumental in helping the class achieve a 95% pass rate by orchestrating multiple study sessions and constantly contributing in the guided discussions. Kretzer was always eager to ask for clarification to ensure the course material was well understood by her and her peers. Her drive and motivation endured throughout 109 course objectives, six graded progress checks and seven block exams where she earned a phenomenal 100% perfect score, earning her the ACE award for the aircraft maintenance officer course, class 190722."