FORT KNOX, Ky. -- The U.S. Army Cadet Command has recognized 13 individuals for their contributions to training excellence, and their roles in furthering the Command's dual missions of preparing the next generation of the Army's leaders as well as a new generation of productive, responsible citizens.

The recipients of the Cadet Command Awards for Excellence for 2012 are:

Professor of Military Science of the Year: Lt. Col. John H. Tao, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

Officer Instructor of the Year: Capt. Christopher Grigsby, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, Calif.

Enlisted Instructor of the Year: Master Sgt. Shawn Eaton, Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.

Recruiting Operations Officer of the Year: Capt. Michael T. Pope, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif.

Brigade Nurse Counselor of the Year: Capt. Holly Archer, Fourth Brigade Headquarters, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Human Resource Assistant of the Year: Alberto DeJesus, St. John's University/College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minn.

Supply Technician of the Year: Jose Vargas, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.

GS 12-14 Employee of the Year: Joseph O'Donnell, U.S. Army Cadet Command Headquarters, Fort Knox, Ky.

GS 9-11 Employee of the Year: Teresa Callanan, 8th Headquarters, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

GS 5-8 Employee of the Year: Gracie Parks, U.S. Army Cadet Command Headquarters, Fort Knox, Ky.

Director of Army Instruction of the Year: David T. Guzman, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, Calif.

Senior Army Instructor of the Year: Scott Maryott, Reno High School, Reno, Nev.

Army Instructor of the Year: Clifford F. Holder, Rio Linda High School, Rio Linda, Calif.

The U.S. Army Cadet Command is responsible for the Army's senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at 273 host campuses and more than 1,100 affiliated schools nationwide. ROTC produces 60 percent of the Army's new officers each year.

Cadet Command also oversees the Army's Junior ROTC program, a citizenship program at 1,731 schools nationwide as well as overseas.