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MTL of the Week: SSgt. Baking

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Staff Sgt. Alfredo Baking, 362 Training Squadron military training leader and native of North Hollywood, California, has been in the Air Force for six years and is the MTL of the week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of Feb. 23 – Mar. 1 2016.


Most significant accomplishments:

- Received Junior Military Training Leader of the year for 362nd TRS and 82nd Training Group.

- Enrolled in a Master’s in Finance Program and will graduate in September of 2016.


Airman’s story:


Baking is a Financial Manager currently assigned to the 362nd TRS Military Training Flight as a MTL at Sheppard. Baking was born in Los Angeles, California on September 5, 1985. He is married to France Baking and has a 2-year-old son named Franco.


Upon graduating basic training in October 2009, he attended Financial Management Technical Training at Keesler Air Force Base, Missouri, where he was awarded distinguished graduate of the class. After Technical Training, he received his first assignment to the 56th Comptroller Squadron at Luke Air Force Base where he worked as a Finance Technician.


In 2009, he received his first achievement medal for outstanding service during the Air Education and Training Command conference that was held at San Antonio, Texas. In 2010, he was awarded Airman of the quarter award for two consecutive quarters. He also was awarded AETC Airman of the Year and was recognized as a top-performer by the Inspector General.


In 2011, Baking further distinguished himself by joining the Base Honor Guard where he won the rookie of the month, became a lead trainer and was nominated as Ceremonial Guardsman of the year. His exceptional performance also led him to be selected as Senior Airman below-the-zone. In 2012, he attended Airman Leadership School and received his second distinguished graduate award.


In 2013, he was promoted to Staff Sergeant and was deployed to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, Africa, where he served as an Army Finance Liaison and Joint Manning Document Manager for Navy and Marine personnel. His outstanding performance garnered him a Joint Commendation Medal and became the first junior enlisted person to earn this award in his department.


In 2014, Baking was selected to become a Military Training Leader under the Developmental Special Duty program.  He attended training at Lackland Air Force Base and was then assigned to Sheppard. Since his tenure, he has mentored, trained and inspired more than 800 Airmen and has impacted their lives in numerous ways.


His military awards include four Air Force Achievement Medals, one Joint Commendation Medal, and multiple Airman of the Year awards. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance and recently received his Community College of the Air Force degree in Financial Management. He is currently enrolled in a Master’s in Finance program and will graduate in September as well as receive his second CCAF Degree in Education and Training Management this year.


Supervisor Comments:


“Staff Sergeant Baking has a monumental impact on the newest members of the Air Force,” said Tech. Sgt. Jason Boardman, Baking’s supervisor. “He is a great example and mentor to the Airmen. With his guidance Airmen are being sent to the operational world with a better understanding of what it means to be an Airman and motivated to be the best they can be.”