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Instructor of the Week: Hawkins

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Gaylon Hawkins, 361st Training Squadron aerospace propulsion instructor and native of Burkburnett, Texas, has been with the Air Force for 32 years and is the Instructor of the Week at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, for the week of July 12-18, 2016.


Most significant accomplishments:

  • Six colleges degrees: two graduate, one bachelor, and three associate

  • CCAF Instructor Certification III

  • Private Pilot

  • Airframe and Powerplant mechanic

  • Eagle Scout 

Airman’s story:

  • Devoted Christian

  • Husband, father of three adult children and grandfather of four

  • Aviation and history enthusiast 

Supervisor comments:

“Mr. Hawkins is a master instructor with 30 years of experience,” said Master Sgt. Jeremiah Layton, instructor supervisor. “He traveled TDY to attend C-130J engine familiarization training and then trained all of our turboprop instructors. He has a keen eye for course writing, which proved valuable during our recent course rewrite and validation that was pivotal to an increase in student understanding and overall block test scores. Mr. Hawkins leads the Propulsion Flight’s technical order program which has been plagued with E-tool connectivity and update issues. His diligence and resolve to correct the issue has prevented lost training time.”