AAMVA certifies the 92nd LRS’s commercial driver’s license evaluation course

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  • By Senior Airman Ryan Gomez
  • 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators certified the 92nd Logistics Readiness Squadron’s commercial driver’s license course at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington, Sept. 24, 2021.

This certification standardizes the training that Airmen who drive commercial vehicles will receive across the Air Force.

“Before, we trained to a different standard that was not as detailed,” said Edward Wink, 92nd LRS Training, Validation, and Operations examiner. “With this, because it’s equivalent to what’s done in the civilian sector, it’s more precise, more exact and produces a higher quality end result.”

With this new capability in place, the 92nd LRS will be able to consistently train safe, responsible and multi-capable drivers from a wide range of units at Fairchild AFB including civil engineers, fuels Airmen, and survival specialists.

“There are going to be some growing pains as we implement this and people are adjusting to the standards that they have to meet now,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua McDonald, 92nd LRS TVO examiner. “But I think this is a really great program because at the end of the day you’re going to have safer, more effective drivers on and off installation, and downrange for that matter.”

The 92nd LRS examiners successfully passed their qualification test, as did the Airman whose driving they had to evaluate as part of the test. According to the AAMVA examiners, out of 48 bases, Senior Airman Garrett Turner, 92nd LRS Ground Transportation specialist was the first Airman to pass.

“Doing this for five and a half years, I was hoping I was going to be able pass all sections,” said Turner. “But knowing that I was the first one out of 48 [bases] definitely gave me a bit of a morale boost about how I do at my job.”

While this test is identical to a civilian CDL test, the program’s not currently acknowledged by the Washington State Department of Licensing, meaning Airmen would have to complete the test a second time off the installation. As for now, the CDL course and the TVO office will be fully implemented at Fairchild AFB beginning November 8, 2021.