By Mr. Stephen Standifird (Leonard Wood)July 21, 2016
Fifteen instructors were recognized for their achievements during the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood fiscal year 2015 Instructors of the Year award ceremony July 7 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
Award categories were officer, warrant officer, noncommissioned officer, educator and civilian instructor .
The Engineer School recipients were Capt. Tiffany Hicks, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Robert Davis, Sgt. 1st Class Clifford Ross, Capt. Jason Mullen and Puleava Koke.
Receiving the awards for the U.S. Army Military Police School were Capt. Darrell Jones, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Catalina Mosqueda-Pinto, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Woolard and Michael Hargis.
Capt. Michael Tompkins, Staff Sgt. Justin Maddox and James Benton were the awardees for the U.S. Army Chemical Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School.
In the non-component category, Capt. Daniel Hannum, Sgt. 1st Class Alan Jones and Scott Rocker received awards.
Maj. Gen. Kent Savre, MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, addressed the recipients and those in attendance saying, the instructors awarded are the best of the best.
"Here at Fort Leonard Wood, we have the critical mission of building the capabilities for our Army. We do that through training almost 80,000 Soldiers and service members every year," Savre said. "We've had instructors who exhibit enthusiasm and passion to motivate and instill the desire to learn in students. They are not just teaching students, they are trying to help you as leaders of the future to be able to pass this on to the next generation."
Woolard, one of the military police Soldiers recognized in the ceremony, agreed.
"Being an instructor is one of the most rewarding positions I've ever had," Woolard, an instructor in the Basic Military Police Division, said. "It's definitely allowed me to see where the process starts. I think, going forward from here, I'll be able to better train Soldiers once I leave."
Rocker, who instructs in the Army Foundation Instructor Facilitator Course, has trained a lot of the recipients over the years, and said it was more rewarding to him to see his students getting the award.
"(Sgt. 1st Class Clifford) Ross was one of my students not too long ago, and now here he is winning," Rocker said. "It makes you proud of what you do seeing guys like him kicking butt."
Each Soldier recognized received an Army Commendation Medal while the civilian instructors were awarded a Commanders Award for Civilian Service.