Spotlight: SMSgt. Kathleen M. McCool

A recruiter screening team superintendent with the Air Force Recruiting Service at Randolph AFB, Tex., SMSgt. Kathleen M. McCool is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011. McCool transitioned from health services management to military training instructor, achieving a Master MTI Blue Rope Award, before volunteering for recruiting and becoming one of the top 12 recruiters in the nation. She took her enlisted accessions production flight from bottom to first place among 189 AFRS production flights. She revamped the new recruiter assignment process, reducing screening time by 5,000 hours per year. She spearheaded Air Education and Training Command’s special-duty briefing team, increasing recruiter duty applications by 300 percent, and her mentoring skill enabled a new recruiter to earn top rookie honors in 2010. She also led recruiter hiring, securing high-caliber personnel with a 96 percent successful recruiter schoolhouse graduation rate. McCool’s home of record is Tucson, Ariz. She represents AETC among this year’s outstanding airmen. The Daily Report is shining the spotlight on each OAY. Also featured to date:

SMSgt. David L. Newman SSgt. John C. Norris

TSgt. Ricardo A. Chavez SrA. Nora L. Limjoco

TSgt. Dustin K. Goodwin SrA. Daniel T. Skidmore

TSgt. Bradley A. Williams SrA. Ulla B. Stromberg

SSgt. Jordan S. Bishopp SrA. Raven S. Taylor