“I am honored to be nominated for the TRADOC Spotlight. I always strive to represent my unit and the U.S. Army to the best of my ability.”
Sgt. 1st Class David M. Smith is the 2014 U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Representing U.S. Army Cadet Command, Smith competed against the command’s top NCOs in a weeklong competition packed with various physically and mentally challenging tasks, ranging from a 12-mile road march to a stress shoot. Congratulations and thank you for your service, SFC Smith!
Name: Sgt. 1st Class David M. Smith
Unit: University of North Georgia, 1st Brigade, United States Army Cadet Command
Duty title/MOS: Military Science Instructor, 19K4X8 (Armor Crewman)
Hometown: Dillon, South Carolina
What motivated you through the TRADOC competition? Throughout the TRADOC NCO of the Year competition, I thought of Soldiers and leaders throughout my career. Winning the TRADOC NCOY was not an accomplishment on my behalf, but an accomplishment to all the Soldiers and leaders who trained and supported me throughout the process.
Time at TRADOC: 2006-2008: Drill sergeant; 2013-present: Military science instructor, University of North Georgia
Time in the Army: 13 years
Best TRADOC (or Army) memory: When I was a drill sergeant, we transformed civilian to Soldiers. Witnessing the transition and the leaders of the future will always be a great memory.
Why did you join the Army? I wanted to be part of a team, and the U.S. Army is the most elite team in the world. It was a great opportunity to be something larger than myself.
Greatest accomplishment/proudest moment? I was recently inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, so that is a great accomplishment, but my greatest is successfully leading Soldiers in combat.
Career goals? To serve as a command sergeant major in an Armor battalion.
Favorite quote/motto/ piece of advice? “You lead from the front” – Sergeant Audie Murphy
What motivates you? Soldiers. Soldiers always look up to the noncommissioned officers in their units, and as a NCO, I must always set, enforce and exceed the standards. This is what motivates me to do my best on a daily basis.