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Keesler furthers MTL development with new building, resources

The 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School officially opens at the newly-relocated course center in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)

The 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School officially opens at the newly-relocated course center in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)

CPR training supplies sit on display at the newly-relocated 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)

CPR training supplies sit on display at the newly-relocated 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Duncan McElroy)

Staff Sgt. Turner Phillips, 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School instructor, leads a discussion with MTL Course students at the course’s new location in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Toney Doan)

Staff Sgt. Turner Phillips, 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School instructor, leads a discussion with MTL Course students at the course’s new location in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Toney Doan)

Wing shields hang on the wall at the 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School’s new location in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Toney Doan)

Wing shields hang on the wall at the 81st Training Support Squadron Military Training Leader School’s new location in Lott Hall, July 17, 2017, on Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The course recently moved locations from Allee Hall to Lott Hall, and now features its own dedicated classroom, CPR training room, conference room and instructor offices, as well as additional resources and career field heritage pieces. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Toney Doan)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The 81st Training Support Squadron’s Military Training Leader Course schoolhouse has a new home in Lott Hall, where the first course in the new building began July 17.

The instructors, formerly based in Allee Hall, only had a couple classrooms at their disposal. They now have access to a dedicated training area and resources.

“The new space is equipped with one large classroom, a CPR classroom and large conference room, as well as office spaces for each MTL instructor,” said Master Sgt. Jacob Overman, 2nd Air Force command military training superintendent. “The Lott Hall facility was designed with the purpose of highlighting where MTLs serve as well as the history and legacy of this small, but important, career field.”

The move was part of Maj. Gen. Mark Brown’s, former 2nd AF commander and current vice commander of Air Education and Training Command, vision to legitimize the corps and highlight the history behind MTLs.

“Keesler houses the only MTL School in the Air Force,” Overman said. “So giving [the instructors] their own state-of-the-art facility allows them to focus on and internalize what it means to mentor, train and lead our Airmen across the Air Education and Training Command enterprise.”

The instructors at Lott Hall will graduate 132 new MTLs per year, and their new space also features enough room to implement a future Advanced MTL Course.

After course completion, new MTLs can relocate to any of 43 Air Force or joint bases with schoolhouses.

“We hope that by expanding the MTL Course to focus on history, heritage and training, that when an Airman looks back at their time in technical training they’ll remember their MTL for the mentorship and development they provided,” Overman said. “MTLs play a vital role in the Air Force; they’re the bridge between the foundational knowledge learned in basic training and their operational experience after technical training.”