Burrillville Airman gets ACE award in training

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BURRILLVILLE – Airman 1st Class Taylor Cook, an electrical and environmental systems apprentice with the 364th Training Squadron, was acknowledged by military officials this month after achieving perfect test scores.

Cook, a Burrillville native, trained at Sheppard Air Force Base, acing the 364 TRS/Golden Knights’ aircraft electrical and environmental systems apprentice course with perfect 100s in each of his 11 block tests.

“The ACE award is extremely difficult to attain,” said Tech. Sgt. Ryan Elliott, Cook’s instructor. “Airmen attending the electrical and environmental technical training course must score perfectly on 11 block tests.”

“His leadership abilities are by far the best I have encountered during my time at Sheppard AFB,” said Elliott.

Shepard AFB is the largest technical training wing in the Air Force, producing highly qualified aircraft maintainers and other specialties. The E&E course spans 11 blocks of training over a roughly five-month period and covers troubleshooting, inspecting, removal and installation procedures, repairs and modifications and more of the varying electrical and environmental systems of an aircraft.

Cook will apply the skills he learned in the Air National Guard with the 143d Airlift Wing at Quonset State Airport.

The airman, who has been in the service for two years, says he joined, “For my family’s future and to serve my country.”

He said he enjoys being hands on and knowing what a key part he plays in making the mission happen.

“As the class leader, he not only set the example for his classmates, he elevated them to success as well, just as any good leader would do – not just bring himself to the top, but bringing the entire team with them,” said Elliot. “Airman 1st Class Taylor Cook exemplifies all aspects of the Whole Airman concept and will undoubtedly have an everlasting impact on the Airmen around him and the Air Force.”

Airman 1st Class Taylor Cook, an electrical and environmental systems apprentice from the 364th Training Squadron, bleeds the air pressure regulator backup valve on top of an F-15 fighter jet at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas on June 28. Cook scored 100 on every block test he took throughout his 93 days of training in the aircraft maintenance specialty.

Cook said making such responsible choices comes naturally to him.

“As a parent and a family man, making responsible choices is an everyday task,” he said. “So, I always make the best choice, no matter how insignificant it might be. I have too many people depending on me.”

Cook is married to Rayna Cook and lives with his daughter Mila and step-daughter Olivia Calvin.

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