FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- An instructor with the Soldier Support Institute's Human Resource Management Qualification Course at the Adjutant General School was named TRADOC Instructor/Facilitator of the Year in the warrant officer category.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Troy Skaggs will receive the award in a ceremony today at TRADOC headquarters in Fort Eustis, Va.

"The Instructor of the Year selection is an honor to the say the least, but the real honor is being able to mentor, coach and teach our Army's HR professionals," Skaggs said.

Skaggs, an Army National Guard Soldier from Colorado, said he appreciates the opportunity to serve on active duty in the capacity he's in.

"As a National Guard warrant officer, opportunities to interact with active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers from all over the Army are far and few between, so I deeply value the level of trust and confidence that the AG School commandant has placed in me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve our Army as an instructor here at Fort Jackson," he said.

Before competing for the TRADOC title, Skaggs had to compete with other warrant officers assigned to SSI schools. Throughout the year, schools assigned to the SSI recognize their exceptional instructors and facilitators and nominate them for SSI's quarterly competition. At the end of the fiscal year, quarterly winners compete for the SSI's Instructors of the Year title. A panel convenes to evaluate the winners of the quarterly competitions. Winners from each category -- commissioned officer, noncommissioned officer, warrant officer, civilian, Army Reserve, National Guard, and Educator of the Year -- are subsequently nominated for the TRADOC-wide IoY competition.

"This is a great accomplishment, and as you know, is indicative of the excellence National Guardsmen bring to the total fight," said Brig. Gen. David MacEwen, the SSI's commanding general. "CW4 Skaggs' skill and dedication to the Army enables active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers to execute their peacetime and wartime mission with confidence and certainty."

TRADOC's Instructor/Facilitator of the Year Program promotes excellence in service school instructions, encourages high-quality instructions, and recognizes instructor contributions. Skaggs prevailed among 68 competitors in this year's competition.

"The competition was very demanding this year," said Renee Escoffrey-Torres, program manager for the TRADOC Instructor of the Year Program.