June 25, 2024

Air Education & Training Command’s Educator of the Year awards

MAXWELL AFB – Air University announced the 2022 selectees for the Air Education and Training Command’s (AETC) Educator of the Year awards on Nov. 7.

The award recognizes individual faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to AETC’s education mission during the academic year for teaching excellence, and the scholarship of discovery, integration and application. Within the scholarship of discover, Air University (AU) faculty spend a great deal of time creating knowledge, connecting that knowledge and teaching students through the application of knowledge. 

Each year, AU leadership nominates and recognizes officer, enlisted and civilian faculty for this prestigious major command award for their incredible support to education and develop Air, Space, and Cyberspace warrior leaders in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

AU faculty provide the full spectrum of Air Force education, encompassing pre-commissioning programs for new officers; graduate programs in specialized military disciplines; progressive, career-long professional military development for officer, enlisted, and civilian Airmen; and specialized programs for US cabinet appointees, senior executive service civilians, and general officers.

AETC Educators of the Year are:

Colonel Kathryn Cantu receives the 2022 AETC Educator of the year award, officer category.

Col. Cantu was recognized this year for her work as an instructor in the Leader Development Course for Squadron Command (LDC). She worked with fellow military and civilian instructors to create LDC unique connections, content, delivery, and environments, resulting in a deeper affective and effective growth experience for officers, enlisted, civilians, and spouses. In this role, she delivered this experience for hundreds of leaders approaching their command selection, enabling them to sharpen and focus their human domain leadership skills and to inspire and equip them to thrive in command. She has inspired the next set of Air and Space Force Commanders with over 384 hours of human domain leadership skills elevating the LDC to new heights in leader development. Her expertise was the right choice to re-imagine commanders’ courses for five Air Force Major Commands across the Department of the Air Force, leading to over 16 hours of world class leadership lessons that enhanced 630 leaders for command readiness.