FORT EUSTIS, Va. — U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s top instructors of 2017 were recently announced by David Paschal, TRADOC assistant deputy chief of staff, G-3/5/7.
“Each instructor demonstrated a keen understanding of the Army Learning Concept, superior ability and adaptability,” Paschal said in the announcement. “Their professionalism as instructors,facilitators, leaders and mentors ensures the Army’s preparedness for future challenges,” he said.
More than 64 instructors from centers and schools throughout TRADOC, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve competed. Seven instructors were awarded excellence in the following categories:
- Officer Instructor of the Year: Maj. Vincent T. Myers, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia
- Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year: Chief Warrant Officer 3 Truman V. Ward, U.S. Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia
- Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Alex A. Rababah, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California
- Civilian Instructor of the Year: James L. Benton, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
- National Guard Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Shane O. Searle, Headquarters, 640th Regiment (Regional Training Institute), Riverton, Utah
- Army Reserve Instructor of the Year: Sgt. 1st Class Martin S. Rhoades, 80th Training Command (The Army School System), North Chesterfield, Virginia
- Educator of the Year: Rafael Novaes, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia
Gen. Stephen Townsend, TRADOC commanding general, is scheduled to present each winner with a commander’s four-star note, certificate of achievement and a plaque during the 2017 Instructor of the Year ceremony here in August. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the TRADOC Commanders Forum.
The winners were selected after two rounds of judging, based on exceptional performance in technical knowledge, communication skills and classroom management techniques. Founded in 1988, TRADOC’s Instructor of the Year recognition ceremony was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of instructors, celebrating the accomplishments of the “best and brightest” instructors that TRADOC and the Army has to offer.
Pictured above: Army Logistics University Distinguished Instructor honorees pose with members of the ALU command team after receiving recognition at a ceremony in September 2017. Two ALU winners went on to win in the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Competition. (U.S. Army photo by Amy Perry)