FORT EUSTIS, Va. (July 20, 2009) - The U.S. Army Aviation Logistics School here has been named an Institution of Excellence.

Previously, the Institution of Excellence title was given to the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) at Fort Rucker, Ala., in August 2008.

Lt. Gen. David Valcourt, deputy commanding general and chief of staff for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command delivered the award during a June 30 ceremony to Col. William W. Braley, Sr., Commander, USAALS, and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony L. Samuels.

A TRADOC Institution of Excellence rating is obtained by achieving a score of 95 percent or higher during a TRADOC accreditation visit.

With the involvement of Irene Hill, quality assurance director, USAALS was accredited with a score of 96 percent following a visit conducted in August 2008 by a team of evaluators from the TRADOC Quality Assurance Office (QAO) which also included members from U.S. Army Accessions Command, the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, the Center for Army Leadership, and TRADOC general and special staff personnel.

Each TRADOC training institution was evaluated against 30 Army standards which address the doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) domains. Evaluators triangulated data obtained through observation of training, key person interviews and focus groups, surveys, written questionnaires, and record/document reviews. Since the implementation of the DOTMLPF standards in 2007, 13 centers or schools, and five NCOAs have been accredited.

Aside from meeting or exceeding the criteria for the standards, USAALS also exceeded TRADOC regulatory guidelines for internal course assessment of 33 percent annually by assessing 100 percent of their courses, incorporating the full spectrum of command-directed training for COE throughout their courseware for skill levels 10 through 30, and excelling in areas of training development, quality assurance and information technology management with minimal personnel assigned.

QAO team evaluators said the USAACE NCOA set themselves apart by having assigned cadre that went above the norm to train and mentor Soldiers to be better leaders through long hours and personal sacrifices, through in-house development of needed training facilities which both reduced costs and expedited timeliness of training, and by ensuring current and relevant training by integrating lessons learned rapidly into existing courseware.

Both of these Army training institutions have the distinction of being the "first" within TRADOC for their accomplishments.