One of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command's own has been named one of the Top Blacks in the Military by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine.

Col. Robert S. Ferrell, director of Future Combat Systems' Strategic Communication Directorate at the Army Capabilities Integration Center-Forward in Arlington, Va., was notified of the award in a letter signed by Tyrone D. Taborn, chairman and chief executive officer of Career Communications Group, publishers of the magazine. CCG, based in Baltimore, Md., presented the promotable colonel his award at the Fifth Annual Stars and Stripes Dinner Feb. 20 in Baltimore.

Taborn's letter said that Ferrell's "commitment, bravery and exemplary dedication to duty merit national recognition." Ferrell's profile will appear in USBE&IT's homeland security, government and defense's winter edition.

Ferrell's award was a cumulative one, given for distinguished service throughout his career in assignments ranging from staff and command positions to his current job. Assignments have included tours in Bosnia and Iraq, staff assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, congressional liaison work in the Office of Congressional and Legislative Liaison and experience with foreign policy and affairs as the senior Army Fellow to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ferrell was also recognized for his commitment to coaching, teaching and mentoring of junior and mid-grade officers, accomplished through years of building one-on-one mentoring relationships, outreach programs to many ROTC programs; and leadership roles in the ROCKS, Inc. Ferrell's commitment has helped build a bench of future leaders for TRADOC and the Army.

The native Alabaman and former noncommissioned officer is a graduate of Hampton University, Hampton, Va., with a degree in marketing. He also holds two masters of science degrees: one in administration from Central Michigan University and one in strategic studies from the Army War College.

After his enlisted service, leaving active duty in 1981, he was commissioned in 1983 as a signal officer through ROTC at Hampton University. In addition to the Signal Officer Basic Course, Ferrell's military education includes Airborne School, Air Assault School, Pathfinder Course, Jump Master School, Ranger School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Marine Corps Communications Advance Course, Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.

Ferrell's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.