Trainer with ‘a lot of patience’ receives recognition of work

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Mancha
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Mancha
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A Territorial Army Sergeant, who has served in Afghanistan, has received an award for his work training the US Air Force.

Sgt David Cummings, lead vehicle trainer at RAF Lakenheath, has been named 2012 Air Force Transportation Civilian Technician of the year.

Sgt Cummings trains military personal to use and drive tractor-trailers, passenger buses, forklifts and wreckers.

He has recently worked with six airman from RAF Lakenheath.

Sgt Cummings, who has worked for the Ministry of Defence for 33 years, said: “It can be scary for Americans that come here to drive on these roads. They are not used to driving manual trailers on small roads or taking the roundabouts.”

Airman Dante Armijo, 48th LRS vehicle operator apprentice, said: “He has a lot of patience and takes the time to teach us. I am much more comfortable driving now that he’s my trainer.”

Sgt Cummings has served in Afghanistan with the Territorial Army, leading vehicle convoys and ensuring the safety of 50 vehicles and 90 personnel.