“I’m just here to serve.”
Darryl Powell was nominated for the TRADOC Spotlight for his volunteerism. Shortly after joining the 100 Black Men of America, Virginia Peninsula Chapter, Inc., Powell was selected as the vice president of mentoring because of his steadfast commitment as a positive teacher, coach and mentor. In addition to helping with the annual gala fundraiser, mentor breakfast, Adopt-A-Spot, mentee field trip and spearheading a clothing drive for the Hampton VA Medical Center, Powell conducted the most successful Camp Esteem “ever,” as stated by the 33 participants, who did not want to leave and requested the camp be extended by two days this coming year.
Name: Darryl Powell
Unit: Army Training Support Center
Duty title: Chief Fielded Devices Office, Training Support Analysis and Integration Directorate
Hometown: Hampton, Virginia
How do you feel about your nomination? I think it’s an honor. Not sure why I was nominated; I’m just here to serve.
Time with TRADOC: Three years as a Soldier and 10 years as an Army civilian
Time with the Army: 20 years active duty and 10 years as an Army civilian
The thing I like most about my job: Knowing that all but war is simulated, and that we are able to support training and hopefully keep Soldiers trained in peace to prepare for war.
Best TRADOC (or Army) memory? Having a young Soldier say “Thanks for keeping me!” The Soldier explained that in the field environment, it meant the training devices kept him trained, kept him safe and kept him aware so he could return to his family.
Why did you become an Army civilian? After retirement from the U.S. Army, I couldn’t think of a better way to continue to serve.
Greatest accomplishment/proudest moment? Delivering 27,000 high demand training aids, devices, simulators and simulations to Soldiers that needed them, which sometimes meant delivering the items to multiple locations – all within a 90-day time frame.
Career goals? Continue as an Army civilian and attempt to make our organization better each day
Favorite quote/motto/ piece of advice? One Team One Fight and Thanks for keeping the Force Trained!
What motivates you? Being able to make a difference