Contracting NCO named TRADOC Educator of the Year

By Ben Gonzales, Army Contracting Command Public AffairsJune 23, 2023

Contracting NCO named TRADOC Educator of the Year
Sgt. 1st Class Marissa Warner was recently named the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command Educator of the Year. Warner was assigned to the Logistics NCO Academy at Fort Gregg-Adams, Virginia, but has since transitioned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo Credit: Jean Wines) VIEW ORIGINAL

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama (June 23, 2023) – The Army contracting senior leader course instructor was named the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Educator of the Year recently.

Sgt. 1st Class Marissa Warner received the award while assigned to the Logistics NCO Academy at Fort Gregg-Adams, Virginia, but has since transitioned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha, Nebraska.

As the LNCOA senior operations NCO and primary 51C senior leader course instructor, Warner managed more than 560 hours of instruction with a 100% pass rate while simultaneously synchronizing six leader professional development for more than 1,000 students across the LNCOA.

“Sgt. 1st Class Warner's enthusiasm and dedication to learning are evident every time she steps in front of her class,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Marissa Cisneros, the LNCOA commandant. “She uses her technical knowledge as a 51C contracting NCO to drive change and readily shares her knowledge with students and instructors across the LNCOA. Her uncanny ability to help students connect to the course material using their own experiences fostered a conducive learning environment for her students.”

Warner was born in St. Kitts and Nevis but calls Laurel, Maryland, home. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and the African Diaspora from the University of Maryland College Park, and a master’s in acquisition and supply chain management from the University of Maryland. She credits winning the Educator of the Year to her many mentors throughout her career including retired Sgt. 1st Class Terry Lewis, Command Sgt. Maj. Della Overton of the 414th Contracting Support Brigade in Vicenza, Italy, Cisneros of the LNCOA, and several LNCOA staff and faculty.

“Anything that sheds a positive light on the 51C career field is a great opportunity in my book, so I am thankful for this opportunity to represent not just the LNCOA but also the acquisition community as well. We are small but our reach and our impact will always be greater,” Warner said. “I leveraged my contracting experience and understanding of current doctrine to nurture an engaging learning environment. I was excited at the opportunity to share my passion for the career field and my determination to help shape the minds of those within my sphere of influence using current and relevant material.”

Warner is uniquely articulate, intelligent, thorough and a notch above the rest, said Sgt. Maj. Shantae Gordon, the Logistics NCO Academy assistant commandant. “She has grown so much as a senior leader the past two years – every quartermaster, ordnance, and transportation NCO leaves this organization better than when they arrived.”

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