Published on May 30, 2014 by William Nunnelley  
Governors Award 2014

Second Lieutenant Trent Little, a Spring 2014 Samford Graduate and former Samford Air Force ROTC Detachment 012 Cadet, was awarded the Governor of Alabama's Outstanding Military Service Award May 22 during a program at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

Lt. Little was the only Air Force cadet from the six different AFROTC detachments located throughout the state of Alabama to receive the award. (He is pictured at right with Major General Perry G. Smith, Adjutant General of Alabama and Commander of the Alabama National Guard.) The Governor's Award Program was established 32 years ago to honor outstanding Active Duty, Guard, Reserve service members and AFROTC cadets from the state of Alabama.

Little excelled as a Samford cadet, noted Lt. Col. Travis Dixon, Commander of Samford's AFROTC detachment. During his Senior year, Little was selected as the Cadet Wing Commander and placed in charge of all cadet operations. During his commissioning ceremony May 16, he was recognized as one of the top 10 percent of all Air Force ROTC cadets in the nation. He earned the honor of Distinguished Graduate.

Little will enter the Active Duty Air Force July 5 and will serve as an acquisitions management officer at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.