FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — Fort Leonard Wood honored its instructors and civilians of the year at the annual awards ceremony May 28 at Lincoln Hall Auditorium.
Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general and host of the event, said in these unprecedented times, “it is so important to recognize excellence whenever we can.”
“Our instructors of the year have employed tremendous skill, work ethic and determination to do the job at hand,” she said. “Our civilians of the year have also set themselves apart from their peers by demonstrating the ability and eagerness to succeed while fostering a positive work environment.”
Martin said the work done by the award winners exemplifies a team that is committed to doing things right.
“An organization that strives for excellence in all things, and that always considers the bigger picture,” she added. “The future leaders of our profession will succeed based on the foundations you’ve built; the battles you won each day; and the continuity you ensure.”
All instructors of the year were awarded the Army Commendation Medal, and include:
— in the officer category:
Capt. Joseph O’Donnell, U.S. Army Engineer School
Capt. Kevin Monahan, U.S. Army Military Police School
— in the warrant officer category:
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Keck, USAES
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Manuel Rodriguez, USAMPS
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Heather Hubbard, U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School. Hubbard was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, as she was also recently named U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Instructor of the Year in the Warrant Officer category.
— in the noncommissioned officer category:
Staff Sgt. Christopher Alston, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence
Staff Sgt. Derek Carson, USAES
Staff Sgt. David Mashburn, USAMPS
Sgt. 1st Class Vincent Key, USCBRNS
— in the civilian category:
Lance Gross, USAES
LaVerne Starr, Jr., USAMPS
The civilians of the year received awards from four categories aligned with the MSCoE Enduring Priorities – each with three levels of award. The winners received a note from Martin and a desktop award to display in their workspace.
— in the Develop Warrior Leaders category:
Foundational Level: Clarence Jones, Jr., USAES
Advanced Level: Mike Yoder, USCBRNS
Strategic Level: Travis Johnson, MSCoE
— in the Readiness, Train and Prepare category:
Foundational Level: Angela Brown, 14th Military Police Brigade
Advanced Level: Laurie Ewing, USAMPS
Strategic Level: Cornelia Dodds, MSCoE
— in the Improving Force Capabilities category:
Advanced Level: Mark McNulty, USAES
Strategic Level: Joseph Call, USCBRNS
— in the Caring for the MSCoE Team category:
Foundational Level: Vicki Demel, MSCoE Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
Advanced Level: Andrea Blakley, MSCoE Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention office
Strategic Level: Nancy Gregory, MSCoE Secretary of the General Staff
Following the award presentations, members of the 399th Army Band performed the Army song.